Number of cars declines for the first time since Second World War

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The number of cars on Britain's roads has fallen for the first time since the Second World War, industry figures have shown.

The recession, the Government's "cash for bangers" scrappage scheme and stricter enforcement of laws against unroadworthy vehicles has led to the decline, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

There were 31,035,791 cars on British roads at the end of last year, a drop of 0.7 per cent compared with 12 months previously, said the SMMT.

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