· Annual volume of large buses may have stabilised after drop of a quarter to 2,300 units.
· Annual trend in large coach registrations still lively and at a seven year high.
· Heavier mini-buses and midi-buses still on a strong, four-year growth trend.
‘The year’s mixed fortunes for bus and coach registrations continued into October’s data,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Big bus registrations have stabilised a little while big coaches have done markedly better since the regulatory distortions of 2006/07 cleared: The rolling year volume is now at a seven year high of 1,039 units. At the lighter end of the bus sector, both the heaviest mini- and midi-buses continue on four year growth trends. This is in direct contrast to light mini-buses where numbers have dropped by a half, to 4,000 units, since 2003.’