Psv registrations down
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BUS AND COACH registrations remain significantly down on last year as the uncertainty caused by changing industry ground rules is reflected in reduced new vehicle purchasing.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reports that 1,514 buses and coaches had been registered by the end of May. During the same period in 1984, 1,934 were registered.
Leyland Bus remains the market leader although its registrations have fallen from 872 to 615. In second place Volvo saw registrations fall from 324 to 238. But third placed MCW has increased its registrations for the first five months from 180 to 211. In fourth place, Bedford reports a fall from 210 to 137 although its May registration figures showed a rise on the same month last year from 48 to 54 as the first of its new 12m Venturer coaches were delivered.
Daf, in fifth place, is having a reasonable year with 102 registrations so far (104 last year). In sixth place, Hestair Dennis registrations have fallen from 54 to 47. But not far behind and dramatically bucking last year's trends is Scania with registrations so far reaching 42 (12 to the end of May 1984).