Statistics are derived from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which administers vehicle registration and licensing records in Great Britain.
- 34.2 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain, of which 28.5 million were cars
- between 2010 and 2011 the total vehicle stock number increased by 0.3%
- since the recession of 2008 to 2009, the annual growth in licensed vehicles has only averaged 0.4%, lower than the 2.4% averaged between 1996 and 2007
- just over 2.38 million vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain in 2011
- newly registered cars powered by diesel has continued to rise
- proportion of cars registered for the first time that run on diesel has tipped over the 50% mark
- average emissions from all the licensed cars first registered from 2001 onwards was down by 1.5% from 2010 to an average of 163 g/km
- average CO2 emissions from cars newly registered in the year fell by over 4% from 2010 to an average figure of 138 g/km
Since 2001, the average emissions of new cars has fallen by over 21%. At the end of 2011, the most common car in Great Britain was the Ford Focus (1.4 million) followed by the Ford Fiesta (1.3 million).
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Information on vehicle licensing statistics, including the pre-release access list is available.