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Number of new low emission vehicles tripled in the UK bus sector


• 53.5% of new buses and coaches feature latest low emission Euro-VI technology.


• Fleets increase uptake of advanced diesel vehicles by 307% compared with 2014.

• Important boost in demand set to contribute significantly to air quality improvement.


More than half of all new buses and coaches registered in the UK in 2015 met the latest Euro-VI emissions standard. This shows that the number tripled compared with 2014, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).


The increase in demand is due to the fact that the regulatory period of grace which has allowed operators to specify older technologies for their fleets is approaching the deadline. As a consequence, this modern clean vehicle technology is now being broadly adopted across the UK.


Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Industry has invested billions of pounds in advanced vehicle technology that delivers real results so it is encouraging to see this rapid uptake of Euro-VI in the UK. The UK automotive sector remains committed to working alongside operators, government and local councils to encourage widespread adoption of the latest vehicles that will help dramatically improve the air quality in our towns and cities.”


Euro-VI vehicles have the potential to deliver considerable improvements to air quality, with advanced technology that captures 99% of soot particulates and radically diminishes emissions of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx). Real world testing of Euro-VI buses performed by Transport for London (TfL) on the 159 London Bus route shows an incredible 95% decrease in NOx emissions compared with their previous generation Euro-V counterparts.


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