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Vehicles statistics

Information and statistics on licensed, unlicensed vehicles and roadworthiness testing.

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

  • vehicle licensing
  • vehicle excise duty evasion
  • vehicle roadworthiness testing

See this index for a complete list of related data tables.

Vehicle licensing

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

Around 80 tables, updated annually in April, with an accompanying statistical release. A subset of key tables are also updated quarterly, with shorter statistical release summaries in June, September and December. Table VEH0150 is updated monthly, with the latest headline new registration figures.

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. Based on a roadside survey, which since 2011 has been carried out every 2 years.

Vehicle roadworthiness testing

Statistics relating to the roadworthiness testing system (including MOT tests), mainly derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), which administers the testing system in Great Britain. Mainly published as summary tables in Transport Statistics Great Britain. Also survey based estimates of MOT non-compliance published in 2009.

Technical information

Guide to vehicles statistics

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Vehicles statistics

National statistics

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

Statistics relating to roadworthiness tests are official statistics. 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.

Publications 2016

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: January to March 2016

    • National Statistics
  2. Vehicle licensing statistics: 2015

    • National Statistics

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 and drivers 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 vehicles (VEH01)

    • Statistical data set
  8. Cars (VEH02)

    • Statistical data set
  9. Motorcycles (VEH03)

    • Statistical data set
  10. Light Goods Vehicles (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