First drop in year-on-year car numbers for the first time in 64 years
9 April 2010

The number of cars on Britain's roads year-on-year has fallen for the first time in 64 years - with the recession and changes in legislation being blamed.

There were 31,035,791 cars registered on Britain’s roads in 2009, marking a year-on-year decline of 0.7 per cent according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The UK’s total car fleet had grown for the 64 years since the end of the Second World War.

The recession is the main reason for the decline, according to analysts. At the worst stage for car manufacturers in March last year, monthly registrations were down a massive 31 per cent on 2008 figures.

Paul Everitt, the chief executive of SMMT, said: “The recession is the most obvious factor impacting on the number of cars on the road.”

Scrappage has also been blamed, as the 10-month, £400m initiative put 400,000 old cars onto the scrapheap that may have otherwise been sold on.

Also, changes to the rules on off-road notification and licensing have meant unlicensed cars are now removed from the DVLA database.

The SMMT reported that the luxury segment had suffered the most with a year-on-year decline of 6.0 per cent.

Andrew Papworth

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9 April 2010

FEWER cars on UK roads.......

9 April 2010

I imagine the Green Sustainable Nazi Party or whatever they are called will celebrating this news with a few cups of sustainable produced organic home grown fair trade tea. Or maybe they are squeezed on to a urine soaked bus somewhere, being intimidated by gangs of teenagers listening to NDurbzs as they try to make it to their next meeting?

9 April 2010

More likely priced off the roads by a nasty money-grabbing government who look on motorists as a soft touch. It is those at the margin, the poor who need a car to get to work or a job interview, youngsters and the elderly who find the car a lifeline who are the victims of this lot and the pathetic tree-huggers who egg them on.

9 April 2010

Less cars registered for use on the road accepted, but does that mean that the actual number has declined? Also, I can't see how scrappage can be responsible for any decline, since surely every scrapped car has been replaced by a shiny new one...

9 April 2010

[quote Chris576]FEWER cars on UK roads.......
[/quote]

Not just fewer - less also, presuming that the aggregate volume of all the cars is reduced.

9 April 2010

[quote LP in Brighton]Also, I can't see how scrappage can be responsible for any decline, since surely every scrapped car has been replaced by a shiny new one...[/quote]

If you sell a car on and buy a new one, there are two cars on the road.

If you scrap a car and buy a new one, there is one car on the road.

Scrappage caused 400,000 vehicles to be scrapped, many of which would have been sold on and used on the roads for several more years if they hadn't been scrapped.

9 April 2010

[quote Chris576]FEWER cars on UK roads.......[/quote]

Actually, both are correct.

9 April 2010

The ever-increasing astronomical cost of fuel in this country probably has a part to play...

9 April 2010

[quote SpiritOfSenna]

[quote LP in Brighton]Also, I can't see how scrappage can be responsible for any decline, since surely every scrapped car has been replaced by a shiny new one...[/quote]

If you sell a car on and buy a new one, there are two cars on the road.

If you scrap a car and buy a new one, there is one car on the road.

Scrappage caused 400,000 vehicles to be scrapped, many of which would have been sold on and used on the roads for several more years if they hadn't been scrapped.

[/quote]Therefore a three way win for the Government....

  1. Keep new owners happy with new car part funded.
  2. Get some older more polluting cars off the road.
  3. New car dealers happy with new sales.

Win,win,win situation all round brilliant!

9 April 2010

So this might go some way to explaining the hgih prices of fuel - due to economies of scale oil companies and government will have to make the increase to offset the reduced revenue as a result of there being...

...fewer/less/not quite as many/reduced numbers/ comparitive reduction vs previous years/alot but not as many of before...

...cars on the road :-)

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