Figures just released have shown that the number of commercial van registrations so far in 2011 have improved upon last years already high numbers. The Figures show that an increase of almost 24.1% occurred in April this year compared to April last year. This increase is of course something that has been speculated upon as for the past fifteen months the number of transit vans being registered on the United Kingdoms roads has steadily increased.
A large part of the growing trend in new vehicle registrations has been attributed to the upcoming levy and regulations regarding London’s low emission zone. The zone which from the third of January 2012 will charge varying degrees to van operators inside the zone depending on their vans emission rates. Many dealers including Ford are offering schemes and incentives to upgrade from older vehicles to much more energy efficient and eco friendly vehicles.
The director of the RMI National Franchised dealers association commented upon the increase in numbers saying “Demonstrating an ongoing resurgence of confidence in the commercial vehicle market, April recorded the 15th successive monthly rise for new van registrations, up by 21% in the month. Truck figures saw an even healthier growth, up steeply by 40%, the seventh successive monthly rise,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Year to date figures for almost every sector were up significantly on 2010, a trend that is likely to continue throughout the year.”