Collection

Vehicles statistics

Statistics information on licensed and unlicensed vehicles, and MOT testing.

The Department for Transport produces a range of statistics relating to vehicles within the areas of:

  • vehicle licensing
  • vehicle excise duty evasion
  • vehicle MOT testing

Further information on each of these topics is given below.

An index sheet of all vehicle statistical tables:

Vehicle statistics table index

See all statistics published by DfT

Vehicle licensing

Statistics on licensed road vehicles and new vehicle registrations, mostly derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which administers vehicle registration and licensing records in Great Britain.

Most of the tables are updated annually in April, with an accompanying statistical release. A few tables are also updated quarterly, with statistical releases in June, September and December. One table, VEH0150 is updated monthly.

Important changes to vehicle licensing statistics from quarter 3 2014

In July 2014, vehicle and registration services for Northern Ireland were centralised at DVLA, where these services for Great Britain were already administered. This created a single vehicle register for the United Kingdom, in place of separate registers for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

As a result, the coverage of the vehicle licensing statistics tables is being expanded to cover UK rather than GB. Where practical, the published tables are being expanded to give figures for both UK and GB, at least for a transitional period. Because of the greater availability of GB time series data, this statistical release will continue to focus mainly on GB rather than UK results for the time being.

If you have any comments on these changes, please send them to vehicles.stats@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

Separately from this GB and UK statistical series, the Driver and Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland will continue to publish statistics for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland.

Vehicle excise duty evasion

Statistics on the numbers of unlicensed vehicles ‘in traffic’ and ‘in stock’, as well as their characteristics and the revenues lost through Vehicle Excise Duty evasion.

Vehicle MOT testing

Statistics relating to the MOT roadworthiness testing system, including information derived from data held by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, which administers the MOT testing system in Great Britain, and estimates of MOT non-compliance among vehicles observed driving on British roads.

Technical information

Guide to vehicles statistics

User feedback

We continuously review the content of these statistics to ensure they are meeting users’ needs. We continue to welcome any feedback on these statistics. Feedback may be given via the contact details provided below:

Vehicles statistics enquiries

National statistics

All of the statistics published in this series are National Statistics. Vehicles statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in April 2012.

Assessment Report 125 – Statistics on vehicles
Confirmation of Assessment Letter – Assessment Report 125

The exceptions are:

  • VEH0320, VEH0322 (motorcycling) Supplied by the Motorcycle Industry Association
  • VEH0342, VEH0343 (driving tests undertaken) Derived from Driving Standards Agency operational data
  • VEH0350, VEH0351 (MOT tests undertaken) Derived from Vehicle and Operator Services Agency operational data
  • VEH09 series (Experimental statistics from MOT data) Experimental statistics derived from Vehicle and Operator Services Agency operational data

The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as National Statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard. They are provided to give extra context.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.

Pre-release access list for vehicles series

Publications released during 2015

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: 2014

    • 9 April 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2014

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: July to September 2014

    • 11 December 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Vehicle licensing statistics, Great Britain: Apr to Jun 2014

    • 11 September 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics, Great Britain: Jan to Mar 2014

    • 12 June 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Vehicle licensing statistics: 2013

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2013

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics, Great Britain: Jul to Sep Q3 2013

    • 12 December 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Vehicle excise duty evasion estimates: 2013

    • 5 December 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics, Great Britain: Apr to Jun Q2 2013

    • 12 September 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. New car carbon dioxide emissions

    • 12 February 2015
    • Transparency data
  5. Vehicle licensing statistics: quarter 1 2013

    • 13 June 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Experimental Statistics: Analysis of vehicle odometer readings recorded at MOT tests

    • 13 June 2013
    • Statistics
  7. Vehicle licensing statistics 2012

    • 11 April 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: quarter 3 2012

    • 13 December 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Vehicle licensing statistics Q2 2012

    • 13 September 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics 2011

    • 12 April 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2011

  1. Vehicle Excise Duty evasion estimates: 2011

    • 15 December 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2009

  1. Vehicle MOT non-compliance statistics 2007 and 2008

    • 3 December 2009
    • Statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Vehicles: statistical tables index

    • 9 April 2015
    • Statistical data set
  2. Unlicensed vehicles in traffic (VED01)

    • 5 December 2013
    • Statistical data set
  3. Unlicensed vehicles in active stock (VED02)

    • 5 December 2013
    • Statistical data set
  4. Lost revenue from unlicensed vehicles (VED03)

    • 5 December 2013
    • Statistical data set
  5. Observed unlicensed vehicles (VED04)

    • 5 December 2013
    • Statistical data set
  6. Tax value and mileage data (VED05)

    • 5 December 2013
    • Statistical data set
  7. All licensed vehicles and new registrations (VEH01)

    • 14 May 2015
    • Statistical data set
  8. Cars (VEH02)

    • 9 April 2015
    • Statistical data set
  9. Motorcycles (VEH03)

    • 9 April 2015
    • Statistical data set
  10. Light vans (VEH04)

    • 9 April 2015
    • Statistical data set
  11. Heavy Goods Vehicles (VEH05)

    • 9 April 2015
    • Statistical data set
  12. Buses and coaches (VEH06)

    • 9 April 2015
    • Statistical data set
  13. Experimental statistics - MOT tests (VEH09)

    • 13 June 2013
    • Statistical data set