Sales in the UK’s commercial vehicle market accelerated in August after slipping back in July.

Registrations in the overall market climbed 15.3 per cent, compared to just 3.7 per cent in July, while van registrations were up 14.3 per cent, having dropped by just under one per cent in July.

The August van figure compared to a 16.4 per cent rise in June and lends credence to the views of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, which complies the figures, that the July result was a blip on an otherwise strong year.

The biggest segment of the van market also enjoyed some of the strongest growth, the 8,452 vehicles of between 2.5 and 3.5-tonne weight registered 14.2 per cent better than in August 2014.

According to SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, August’s registration figures are further evidence of the commercial vehicle sector’s return to form in 2015 after a year of regulatory upheaval.

“With certainty now restored, fleet renewal patterns are returning to normal, buoyed by the continuing growth in demand for online deliveries,” Hawes says.