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18 – 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

The Commercial Vehicle Show - logo image
18 - 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Bus and coach registrations dive but minibuses buck the trend

SMMT data for July's UK bus and coach registrations show big buses down 74% and big coaches down 13%. Minibuses bucked the trend, through March to July at least.

"2010's falling big bus registration trend accelerated in July as recession bit the sector," said Paul Everitt, the SMMT's chief executive. "Public spending cuts may further weaken demand, leaving the outlook for big buses depressed. The modest growth in coach registrations didn't last, though the figures have stabilised but at a very low level. But there is good news from the 3.5 to 8.5 tonne mini and midibus sector, with nearly 25% registration growth in the year to date."

Long lead times between sale and registration mean that the sector hit the recession late and will be slow to recover.

More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk

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