This chapter presents statistics on the number licensed vehicles, vehicle ownership, vehicle usage, MOTs and driving tests.
This chapter of Transport Statistics Great Britain presents statistics on the number licensed vehicles, vehicle ownership, vehicle usage, MOTs and driving tests.
- The number of licensed vehicles in Great Britain has increased from about 4 million in 1950 to over 34 million in 2010.
- The number of licensed vehicles has grown by about 3.7% a year on average from 1950 to 2010. However, it grew by 0.7% in 2008, 0.1% in 2009 and 0.5% in 2010. Aside from 1990 to 1991, the growth since 2008 has been the lowest growth period on record.
- Over 28.2 million MOT tests were carried out in 2010/11. The vast majority of these (26.6 million) were of cars and other small passenger vehicles (up to 12 seats). The overall pass rate was remained steady at around 70% since 2000/01.
- The proportion of households with access to car or van has risen from 14% in 1951 to 75% in 2010. Since 2002 there have been more households with access to two or more cars/vans than without any access at all.
- The average annual mileage of four-wheeled cars has decreased from 9,700 miles in 1995/97 to 8,430 in 2010.
- The number of car practical driving tests taken rose to by 3.6% from 1.59 million in 2009/10 to 1.65 million in 2010/11. Roughly 51 to 54% of the tests each year were taken by males.
Information on TSGB vehicle statistics, including the pre-release access list and related technical documentation can be found in the guidance
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