Registrations rise in May

Registrations for buses and coaches were strong in May, according to the latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures. SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said, ‘The UK’s bus and coach market performed strongly in May, with all sectors reporting increased demand. Coach builders in particular enjoyed a welcome boost to business as operators continued to invest in their fleets ahead of the busy summer holiday period. With overall year-to-date values remaining high for a fifth month this year, we can be optimistic that this trend will continue into 2015.’

In total, there were 780 bus and coach registrations made in May, up 21.1% from the same month last year. This lead to a rolling year figure of 7,833, down 0.1% from the same period in 2014. Purpose built bus registrations numbered 193, a decrease of 2.5%, making for a rolling year total of 2,818, a 7.7% increase. Coach registrations added up to 137, down 59.3%, leading to a 12.5% rise in the rolling year figure to 998. There were 450 converted buses and coaches registered during the period, up 25%, making for a rolling year figure of 4,017, down 7.4%.

May’s registrations by marque (with 2014’s figures in brackets) were: ADL 83 (53), Wrightbus 48 (70), Volvo Bus 44 (55), Mercedes-Benz (excluding Setra) 30 (2), Optare 19 (14), Scania 41 (39), VDL 12 (6), Van Hool 12 (14), Yutong 24 (0), Irizar 9 (4), Neoplan 6 (7), MAN (excluding Neoplan) 1 (1), other imports 1 (11), King Long 0 (6), Caetano 0 (0), Iris Bus 0 (0) and Setra 0 (2).

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