LONDON -- UK registrations fell by 6.7 percent to 143,251 in October, dragged down by a 13 percent fall by individual buyers.
The decline was due to "economic and political uncertainty" as Britain prepares for an election that will shape the outcome of Brexit, the SMMT industry association said in a news release on Tuesday.
Demand from business fleets was flat while alternatively fueled vehicles reached a record 9.9 percent market share with 14,231 registered.
"The growth in alternatively fueled cars is very welcome, showing increasing buyer appetite for these new technologies," SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said.
"The overall market remains tough, however, with October now the year’s eighth month of decline," Hawes said. "Whether the general election delivers a 'bounce' to the economy remains to be seen."