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UK September new vehicle registrations crash 20%

Staff Writer |
UK vehicle registrations fell by a massive 20.5% in September, as new emissions testing requirements hit supply, according to figures released on Thursday by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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It said 338,834 vehicles were registered in the month, down around 87,000 year on year.

The impact was felt across the board, with registrations by private consumers, fleets and businesses all declining, by -20.1%, -22.4% and -6.3% respectively. Registrations of petrol and diesel cars also fell, while hybrids and plug-in electrics fared better, up a modest 3.9%, the SMMT added.

The introduction of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure in the wake the the Volkswagen emissions scandal has caused a bottleneck in supply. Every new car must go through the testing process, which shows how much fuel it consumes and the level of emissions, before it can be sold.