2015 Registrations pass 5,000 mark
Bus and coach registrations passed the 5,000 mark in July, according to the latest results from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). There were 648 PCVs registered last month, 7.1% up from last July’s figure. This made for a year to date figure of 5,327 (up 15.8%) and a rolling year total of 8,080 (a 1.7% rise).
SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said, ‘Year-to-date figures paint an impressive picture for the bus and coach market, with double-digit growth in all segments putting the sector in a strong position compared with 2014. Continued coach operator confidence drove another month of growth for heavier single deck vehicles in July, while demand for converted buses also led to impressive gains for the sector. However, for growth to be sustained, operators, manufacturers and local authorities need greater clarity of the details concerning the devolution of bus franchising to local authorities via the Buses Bill and certainty over the future of the Bus Service Operators Grant.’
There were 212 purpose built buses registered in July, down 30.3% from the figure from the same month last year. The rolling year total was 2,728, down 1.7%. Purpose built coaches amounted to 59, down 3.3%, leading to a rolling year figure of 985, up 11%. Converted bus registrations numbered 377, a 57.1% rise, with a rolling year total of 4,367, a 2% growth.
Registrations by marque (with July 2014 figures in brackets), were: ADL 72 (125), Wrightbus 67 (58), Volvo Bus 45 (58), Mercedes-Benz (excluding Setra) 7 (19), Optare 33 (41), Scania 19 (16), VDL 5 (2), Irizar 11 (2), Van Hool 3 (11), Yutong 2 (6), Neoplan 2 (3), MAN (excluding Neoplan) 3 (10), other imports 1 (3), King Long 0 (8), Setra 0 (0), TAM 1 (0), Iris Bus 0 (3) and Caetano 0 (0).