Weak orders slow bus and coach business in May

* Total bus and coach registrations down 20% for the year to date

* Small minibuses figures continue their long-term slide, down 33%

* Big minibuses up 15%, big buses down 32% and coaches down 27%.

‘Last year’s registration figures were deeply distorted by the introduction of digital tachographs and Euro 4 emissions. That still makes meaningful comparisons virtually impossible,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Registration figures will continue poor for some months, though in a sector of this size the delivery or delay of an individual fleet order may often skew comparisons.’

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