14 June 2018
Campaign for Better Transport responds to new Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) statistics which show that 854,000 vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain during January to March 2018.
The statistics show a 11 per cent annual fall in new vehicles licensed compared to the same period last year with a 33 per cent fall in new diesel cars licensed. There is also a 2.2 per cent annual fall in total number of buses and coaches on the road.
Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“As the number of vehicles being registered falls, the Government cannot justify its continued insistence on building new, damaging, road schemes which not only encourages more people to use their car but is also terrible for the environment.
“We are pleased to see a sharp decline in diesel cars being registered but more work still needs to be done by the Government to encourage people to shift to ultra low emission vehicles. For example, there are still more than twice as many new Ford Fiestas registered as all new low emission vehicles.
“The Government should kick start take-up, and boost the nation's health, by bringing forward the end of new diesel and petrol sales from 2040 to 2030."
Steve Chambers, Public Transport Campaigner, added:
“It is no surprise to see the worrying fall in the number of buses on the road when we are seeing cuts to thousands of routes across the country. We need the Government to introduce a proper bus and coach strategy, and funding to support it, to halt the decline in bus use.”
Campaign for Better Transport press office on 07984 773 468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- Read the DVLA statistics relating to licensed vehicles and new vehicle registrations for 2015 here - Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Quarter 1 (Jan-March) 2018
- Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).