Page 11 - Commercial Vehicle Engineer - November 2018
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E conomic and political uncertainty is being
blamed for the latest fall in demand for new trucks in the UK. Registrations
of all new trucks at six tonnes gvw and above fell by 7% in the third quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2017, according to  gures published this month by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
In the year to the end of September, compared with the same period in 2017, registrations of rigid trucks between 6.0 and 16.0 tonnes gvw are down 14.4%, rigids above 16 tonnes down 7.2%.
Demand for tractive units remains strong by comparison, with three-axle tractor registrations down only 4.8% and those of two-axle tractors (now a tiny sector of the UK truck market) up 3.6% compared with the  rst nine months of 2017.
“While  uctuating  eet buying cycles are a natural feature of the hgv market, given this quarter marks the  fth consecutive decline, there is no doubt that a fall in operator con dence is having an impact on registrations of these big-ticket purchases,” says SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes. “Government must address the current economic and political uncertainty if we are to get more of these
high-tech, ultra-low emission vehicles on to our roads, and to ensure the sector can prosper.”
Daf Trucks continues to be the top- selling truck-maker in the UK by a clear margin, but its market share has fallen from over 30% last year to 27.4% in
the  rst nine months of this year. With registrations down only 4.0% so far this year, Mercedes-Benz has strengthened its position in this market with a share up from 15.7 to 16.3%. But the manufacturer in the top four with most to smile about in the latest registration statistics is Volvo, with a registrations total in the  rst nine months hardly changed from that of last
Jones Skips of Wolverhampton: two new Volvo FL-250s and an FH-500 6x4

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