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Vehicles statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to vehicles statistics.

See all statistics published by DfT

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.

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 July 2014

Some changes are expected in the vehicle licensing statistics as a result of plans announced in March 2014 to centralise the delivery of vehicle and registration services for Northern Ireland at DVLA in Swansea, where these services for Great Britain are already administered, from July 2014.

This will result in a single vehicle register for the UK, in place of separate registers for GB and Northern Ireland. As a result of this change, it is proposed that the VEH series of vehicle licensing statistics tables available from this web page (see below) be expanded to cover UK rather than GB. Where practical, the key time series tables currently published for GB will be expanded to give time series for both UK and GB, at least for a transitional period. Tables currently showing a breakdown of GB statistics into the constituent countries of GB will continue to do so, with an additional split for Northern Ireland being added.

These changes would begin to come into effect for statistical releases produced after July 2014. The plans are currently provisional, subject to change as the details are finalised. If you have any comments on these plans, please send them to vehicles.stats@dft.gsi.gov.uk.

Until these changes come into effect most of the statistics published in the VEH series of tables are for Great Britain, except for tables VEH0130 and VEH0170 which already cover the United Kingdom.

Separately from the statistical series published here, 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

An index sheet of all vehicle statistical tables:

Vehicles statistical tables index

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 2014

  1. 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 December 2013
    • 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

    • 10 April 2014
    • 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)

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statistical data set
  8. Cars (VEH02)

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statistical data set
  9. Motorcycles (VEH03)

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statistical data set
  10. Light vans (VEH04)

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statistical data set
  11. Heavy Goods Vehicles (VEH05)

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statistical data set
  12. Buses and coaches (VEH06)

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statistical data set
  13. Experimental statistics - MOT tests (VEH09)

    • 13 June 2013
    • Statistical data set

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