…According to the SMMT Bus & Coach Registrations, March has seen another month of growth as bus and coach registrations increased by 15%.
This is significant growth for both purpose-built buses and coaches as a result of the March plate change with operators investing in new vehicles. Purpose-built buses rose 111.2% to 340 units in March, purpose-built coaches 36% to 223 units.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. It supports the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, promoting a united position to government, stakeholders and the media=
“As the third consecutive month of growth, March’s 15% increase is a positive sign for the future of the bus and coach sector. Continued economic confidence has driven a 73.2% boom in both purpose-built markets, as operators update their fleets and take advantage of March’s number plate change,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.
More details on UK automotive is available in SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts 2014 publication at www.smmt.co.uk/facts14