New car registrations fell 17.5% in
August compared to the same period in 2009, ahead of the 60 plate
change and following the end of the government’s scrappage scheme
which incentivised the buying of new cars.

Figures from the Society of Motor
Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the second consecutive
month-by-month fall, a pattern which the organisation expects to
continue over the year.