Friday, 4 August 2017

UK car sales fall 9.3% in July says motor trade body



New car registrations fell 9.3% in July from a year earlier, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

 
The trade body said the market was falling - for the fourth month in a row - amid "growing uncertainty" over plans for Brexit.


About 162,000 vehicles were sold last month.


So far this year, 1.56 million cars have been sold, down 2.2% from a year earlier.


Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "The fall in consumer and business confidence is having a knock on effect on demand in the new car market and government must act quickly to provide concrete plans regarding Brexit.
"While it's encouraging to see record achievements for alternatively fuelled vehicles, consumers considering other fuel types will have undoubtedly been affected by the uncertainty surrounding the government's clean air plans."


The government said last month it was to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide threaten public health.




BBC      News.