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14 May 2008

Recent robust registration trend extends to April

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has published bus and coach registration data for April and the first quarter of this year.  The figures show better volumes than expected for big buses.   Big coach registrations also continue at surprisingly high levels and there is a continued growth trend for midibuses and the heaviest minibuses.  "This year's bus and coach registrations are very encouraging with big coach registrations stable too," said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. "The resilient big bus figures are a welcome contrast to last year and may bode well for the whole of this year.  Separately, the SMMT is keen to work with the new Mayor for London and better understand his plans for transport in the capital.  This will be an important factor in determining future demand and technology requirements."