Registrations show signs of recovery

Bus and coach registrations in April this year were up 35.5% compared to the same month last year, according to SMMT figures. This has lead to a rolling year total of 7,861, a 4% rise. SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said, ‘April saw a large number of bus and coach orders hit the road resulting in substantial growth in the month. The sector enjoyed increases across the board with the purpose built segment posting gains of 50% and converted buses rising by more than 21%. The growth in April and recent market positivity has seen the rolling year rise 4%, an encouraging sign following the slow start to the year.’

There were 305 purpose built buses registered in April 2014, a 64.9% increase compared to the same month last year. This led to a rolling year figure of 2,730, down 1.2%. Purpose built coach registrations amounted to 148, a 26.5% rise, with a rolling year total of 882, up 23%. There were 390 converted buses registered, an increase of 21.9%, making a rolling year total of 4,249, up 4.2%.

Bus and coach registrations by marque in April 2014 (with the April 2013’s figures in brackets) were: Volvo Bus 85 (67), ADL 85 (52), Wrightbus 114 (47), Scania 28 (34), Optare 32 (32), VDL 33 (14), Van Hool 23 (10), Setra 2 (0), Neoplan 17 (9), Mercedes-Benz (excluding Setra) 6 (4), Irizar 15 (1), other imports 6 (3), MAN (excluding Neoplan) 3 (3), King Long 3 (11) and Iris Bus 1 (15).


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