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Vehicle licensing statistics, Great Britain: Jan to Mar 2014

Statistics on licensed motor vehicles in Great Britain, from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

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This publication presents information on motor vehicles in Great Britain that were licensed on the 31 March 2014 (the end of quarter 1), or which were registered for the first time during quarter 1 (January to March) 2014.

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.

Main results:

During January to March 2014:

  • there were 35.3 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain on 31 March 2014. Of these vehicles, 29.4 million were cars.
  • the total number of licensed vehicles has increased over the long term, but the rate of increase slowed down somewhat in the mid 2000s, and slowed further at the onset of the recession in 2008 to 2009. The year-on-year increase in the latest quarter is the largest since quarter 4 2005.
  • 799 thousand vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain during quarter 1 2014, up 12.5% on the number during quarter 1 2013.
  • 1,929 new ultra-low emission vehicles were registered for the first time in the UK.
  • average CO2 emissions from new cars in quarter 1 2014 was 126 g/km. This fell by 2.8% compared to new cars in quarter 1 2013.

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