Green boost for bus sales

Growing demand for green alternatives saw the UK’s new bus, coach and minibus market grow by 74.6% in the first three months of 2024.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, 1,690 units joined the car parc between January and March, with demand for zero emission options up 22.9% on the same period last month to 322 models.

Growth was also driven by a more than doubling in demand for new minibuses, up 118.8% to 851 units, while fleet investment in the latest single and double decker buses grew by 33.6% and 70% to 533 units and 306 units respectively.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said:

“Britain’s road passenger transport sector is continuing its recovery amid rising ridership levels and growing operator confidence. The UK has been particularly successful at decarbonising the new bus market, however, that green growth must extend to all sectors, in particular minibuses. Operators are ready to switch to greener mobility but timely action is essential to make sure the journey to net zero includes everyone.”