Collection

Vehicles statistics

Information and statistics on licensed, 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

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 the UK.

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.

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 Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which administers the MOT testing system in Great Britain, and estimates of MOT non-compliance among vehicles observed driving on British roads.

All vehicle statistical tables

Vehicle statistics table index

See all statistics published by DfT

Technical information

Guide to vehicles statistics

Business plan indicator: new car carbon dioxide emissions
Business plan indicator: number of newly registered ultra low emissions vehicles

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 DVSA operational data
  • VEH0350, VEH0351 (MOT tests undertaken) derived from DVSA operational data
  • VEH09 series (experimental statistics from MOT data) experimental statistics derived from DVSA 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 vehicles series pre-release access list.

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.

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Publications 2015

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: July to September 2015

    • National Statistics
  2. Vehicle excise duty evasion statistics: 2015

    • National Statistics
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics: April to June 2015

    • National Statistics
  4. Vehicle licensing statistics: January to March 2015

    • National Statistics
  5. Vehicle licensing statistics: 2014

    • National Statistics

Publications 2014

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: July to September 2014

    • National Statistics
  2. Vehicle licensing statistics: April to June 2014

    • National Statistics
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics: January to March 2014

    • National Statistics
  4. Vehicle licensing statistics: 2013

    • National Statistics

Publications 2013

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: July to September 2013

    • National Statistics
  2. Vehicle excise duty evasion estimates: 2013

    • National Statistics
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics: April to June 2013

    • National Statistics
  4. New car carbon dioxide emissions

    • Transparency data
  5. Vehicle licensing statistics: January to March 2013

    • National Statistics
  6. Experimental Statistics: Analysis of vehicle odometer readings recorded at MOT tests

    • Official Statistics
  7. Vehicle licensing statistics 2012

    • National Statistics

Publications 2012

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: July to September 2012

    • National Statistics
  2. Vehicle licensing statistics: April to June 2012

    • National Statistics
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics 2011

    • National Statistics

Publications 2011

  1. Vehicle Excise Duty evasion estimates: 2011

    • National Statistics

Publications 2009

  1. Vehicle MOT non-compliance statistics 2007 and 2008

    • Official Statistics

Data tables

  1. Vehicles: statistical tables index

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set
  8. Cars (VEH02)

    • Statistical data set
  9. Motorcycles (VEH03)

    • Statistical data set
  10. Light vans (VEH04)

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

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

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

    • Statistical data set