12 per cent drop in new car reg­is­tra­tions in County Wex­ford

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THE num­bers of new cars reg­is­tered in Wex­ford be­tween Jan­uary and the end of Au­gust fell by more than 12 per cent, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures re­leased by the So­ci­ety of the Ir­ish Mo­tor In­dus­try (SIMI).

SIMI said 2,921 new cars were reg­is­tered in the Model County dur­ing the eight-month pe­riod, com­pared to 3,328 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Na­tion­ally, new car reg­is­tra­tions are down by 10 per cent, to 124,711.

SIMI Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Brian Cooke has called for no neg­a­tive de­ci­sions, such as in­creases in fuel duty, in Bud­get 2018.

‘Our in­dus­try con­tin­ues to ex­pe­ri­ence a direct im­pact from Brexit in the mar­ket place. Used car im­ports for the month of Au­gust in­creased by 31 per cent (8,451) while in the year to date have in­creased by 40 per cent (62,161) and these num­bers have a knock-on im­pact on used car val­ues and new car sales vol­umes,’ he said.

From Septem­ber 1, sell­ers of new cars in the EU will have to pro­vide more ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion for con­sumers on emis­sions and fuel con­sump­tion.

‘Ahead of Bud­get 2018 our mes­sage to the de­ci­sion mak­ers is sim­ple with this de­clin­ing mar­ket there should be no neg­a­tive tax­a­tion de­ci­sion in re­la­tion to VRT, road tax, or fuel,’ said Mr Cooke.

‘ The In­dus­try is fo­cused on of­fer­ing al­ter­na­tive fuel solutions and the gov­ern­ment can en­cour­age cus­tomers to avail of these through a va­ri­ety of in­cen­tives. Some car brands have al­ready rolled out their own ini­tia­tives to en­cour­age the re­moval of older ve­hi­cles with the pur­chase of new cleaner cars,’ he said.

Best seller: The Hyundai Tuc­son.

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