The declining figures represent a snapshot of an industry struggling with uncertainty around Brexit, decline in diesel demand and a particularly strong March previous year, when buyers seized the chance to purchase cars before new Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates came into force that April.
"March's decline is not unexpected given the huge surge in registrations in the same month previous year".
Diesel vehicles are known to emit lower levels of Carbon dioxide than petrol vehicles, thus helping to reduce the impact of transport on climate change, and have therefore enjoyed favourable taxation rates compared to petrol cars.
Overall auto registrations were also down by 15.7 percent as many buyers sought to purchase vehicles before new tax rates were introduced seeking to discourage diesel usage.
Consumers continued to ditch diesel cars last month for automobiles that are regarded as more environmentally-friendly.
The fall in overall demand was fairly uniform across different types of buyers, with private registrations down 16.5%, fleet registrations down 15%, and business registrations (to fleets with less than 25 vehicles) down 14.3%.
"That way, the one in six drivers (18 per cent) we know are interested in buying an electric in the next two years, have the confidence - finally - to make the change, knowing that there are enough public charging points to support their choice". However, almost 720,000 new high-tech, low-emission cars left forecourts in the first quarter of 2018 as consumers took advantage of competitive offers, meaning last month's market was still the fourth biggest on record. "The new van market is a key barometer of business confidence and while uncertainty remains, a degree of fluctuation in demand is to be expected this year". "Despite this, the market itself is relatively high", SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said in a statement.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "Consumer and business confidence ... has taken a knock in recent months and a thriving new vehicle market is essential to the overall health of our economy".
The SMMT argues that the utilising all fuel types can help reduce air pollution with the real target being consumers who hold on to older, more polluting vehicles.
"This means creating the right economic conditions for all types of consumers to have the confidence to buy new vehicles", he said.
We reached out to Tinder and Facebook alike in hopes of shedding some light on this issue and will keep up with any updates . Thus, encouraging the people on Tinder to try out Loops seeing as they won't have to remove a picture in order to add a Loop.
He denies any wrongdoing in that case or in several other corruption cases that have yet to be tried. An appeals court upheld the ruling in January and increased the sentence to 12 years and one month.
In fact, it's Robert Griffin III , who last played in the National Football League back in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns . He was eventually benched for all of 2015 in favor of Kirk Cousins and released by the Redskins in 2016.
CBS reports that Stanford Health Care is "expecting 4-5 patients from [the YouTube] shooting", according to a hospital official. Police in San Bruno, Calif., say they are responding to an active shooter after reports of gunfire at YouTube headquarters.
However, because Britain will be leaving the European Union next year, the United Kingdom won't benefit from the new rules. But longer-term forecasts show growth grinding lower over the next five years and lagging worldwide rivals.
Raniere was arrested in Mexico last weekend on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Raniere mentored Allison in her study of acting and music", her biography section reads .
This has now been confirmed by Epic Games, and we've got details about how Vending Machines will work in Fortnite: Battle Royale . These older devices do not support Fortnite: iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus; iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, iPod Touch.
Britain could be facing another Pippa Middleton moment, which saw the Duchess of Cambridge's sister's bum beamed across the globe. The couple supposedly split in May 2016, two months before Markle was introduced to Prince Harry by a mutual friend .
The Cloud + AI Platform team will be led by Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, who will expand his current responsibilities. Additionally, Jason Zander was promoted to executive vice president of Microsoft's Azure , the company's cloud platform.
South Africa's 'Mother of the Nation,' dies at 81
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela transitioned early today in Johannesburg, South Africa after a brief doctor's visit over the weekend. Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was born to a noble family of the Xhosa-speaking Pondo tribe in Transkei.
Surprise! Google May Make Its Own Smart Display
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Syrian Government Declares Victory Over Eastern Ghouta
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Korean art troupe to leave for N. Korea
One of the band members, Eric Mun, told reporters that they looked at the singers "with eyes like shooting lasers". In recent months there has been a thawing of tensions between North Korea and South Korea.
China space lab re-entry may be delayed
It all depends on when the space station re-enters Earth's atmosphere, and this can not be accurately predicted yet. "But there is a good chance that some parts will survive re-entry and fall towards the earth".
Ben Affleck Hits Back at New Yorker for Mocking His Tattoo
Even Matt Damon was forced to respond, when The Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked him about his best friend's interesting artwork. She writes that it relates to all of us in a way: "There is something about this exhausted father that reflexively induces panic.