Last week's van and truck registration data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows the total up 5.8% to 396,368 for the rolling year and down 0.5% in May.
Within those totals, truck registrations are up 25.1% to 57,357 for the rolling year and up 23.1% in May. Van registrations are up 3.1% to 339,011 for the rolling year and down 4.0% for May.
"Buoyant truck registrations continue in 2008 and strong order books suggest the trend is firm for the year," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. "Van registrations over the year to May are up too, though more modestly, as volumes are already at record levels. We expect these order and registration trends to hold over the next quarter."
More from Robin Dickeson at [email protected]smmt.co.uk