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Vehicle licensing statistics Q2 2012

Information on motor vehicles in Great Britain licensed on the 30 June 2012, or registered for the first time during April to June 2012.

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Vehicle Licensing Statistics: quarter 2 2012

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This publication presents information on motor vehicles in Great Britain that were licensed on the 30 June 2012 (the end of quarter 2), or were registered for the first time during quarter 2 (April to June 2012). The statistics are derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which administers vehicle registration and licensing records in Great Britain.

Key points

  • There were 34.6 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain on the 30 June 2012. Of these vehicles, 28.7 million were cars. The all vehicle figure represents a 0.5% increase on the quarter 2 2011 figure.
  • The prevailing economic situation has a noticeable influence on trends in the number of licensed vehicles, especially commercial vehicles. The numbers of licensed Heavy Goods Vehicles and Buses & Coaches have been on a generally downward trend since the economic downturn began in 2008/09, and the rate of increase in other types of vehicles has slowed.
  • A total of 604.9 thousand vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain during quarter 2 2012. This represents a 3.8% increase in the number of first registrations from quarter 2 2011. There have now been four consecutive quarters on year-on-year increases, of which the latest is the largest. In general, however, first registration numbers have been on a downward trend since 2002.
  • During quarter 2 2012, a total of 961 new ultra-low emission vehicles was registered for the first time (in the UK as a whole). The number of cars and quadricycles was 728, up from 366 in quarter 2 2011. Of these, 473 were cars eligible for the DfT’s Plug-in Vehicle Grant.
  • Average CO2 emissions from new cars fell from 134.7 g/km in quarter 1 2012 to 133.2 g/km in quarter 2 2012.
  • The most popular car registered for the first time during the first half of 2012 was the Ford Fiesta, with almost 58 thousand new registrations. The Vauxhall Corsa was the second most popular with 46 thousand registrations, followed by the Ford Focus (43 thousand), Volkswagen Golf (35 thousand) and Vauxhall Astra (30 thousand).

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Technical information

Information on Vehicle licensing statistics, including the pre-release access list can be found here.

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