The latest car figures out today (Monday 5 March) are a cause for deepening anxiety with the government’s confusion over diesel cars compounding faltering consumer confidence and Brexit uncertainty, Britain’s largest union, Unite warned today (Monday 5 March).

Just under 81,000 new cars were registered in February - down 2.8 per cent on the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This was driven by a 23.5 per cent fall in the number of new diesel cars bought.

Commenting Unite national officer Des Quinn said: “These latest car registration figures will be a cause of deepening anxiety for the UK’s world class car workers.

“Confusion over diesel cars prompted by badly thought through ministerial announcements has been compounded by faltering consumer confidence and Brexit uncertainty.

“Car workers and manufacturing communities will be looking to the government to get the economy out of the slow lane and provide certainty over the UK’s future trading relationship with Europe in order to unlock stalling car manufacturer investment.

“A failure by ministers to do so will jeopardise the UK’s status as world leader in car manufacturing and undo the hard work of Britain’s car workers.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

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Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.