Bulletin of Vehicle and Driver Statistics

Thursday 19 July 2018

The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport has today published its annual Bulletin of Vehicle and Driver Statistics.

The bulletin is the result of a broad analysis of the national vehicle fleet and contains statistical tables covering:

  • The size, composition, age and fuel type of vehicles;
  • Details on the first licensing of new and imported used vehicles;
  • The number of current driving licenses in each local authority;

Some Key Statistics:

  • The total number of licensed (taxed) vehicles recorded on Irish roads at the 31st December 2017 is 2,675,879. This represents an increase of 50,921 vehicles (1.94%) on the previous year. The main components of the vehicle fleet include 2,066,112 private cars, 349,143 goods vehicles, 79,674 agricultural tractors and 39,873 motorcycles.
  • In the passenger car category, the number of vehicles at 2,066,112 represents an increase from 2,026,977 in the previous year (1.93% increase).
  • A total of 1,195,156 passenger cars are now taxed based on their Co2 emissions rating. This represents an increase of 194,668 (19.46%) units on the previous year figures and the CO2 based vehicles now represents 57.8% of the overall passenger car fleet. There are 86.23% of vehicles bases in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ CO2 bands less than 141 g/km.
  • A total of 161,840 new vehicles were licensed, a decrease of 19,453 (-10.73%) on the previous year figure. 118,018 imported used vehicles were licensed in 2017, an increase of 28,415 (31.71%), on the 2016 figure.
  • 38.7% of vehicles use petrol while 60% operate on diesel.
  • 75% of private cars are 4 years old and over while 64.5% are 6 years old and over. In 2011, 78.7% of private cars were 4 years old and over while 60% of private cars were 6 years old and over.
  • 72% of goods vehicles are 4 years old and over while 64% are 6 years old and over.
  • There were 2.86 million current driving licences at 31st December 2017. 91.4% held full licenses. There were 246,148 Learner Permits licences, a decrease of 3,509 on the 2016 figure.

The bulletin is available electronically on the Department’s Website here or from the Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division by email at dvcsddata@dttas.ie.

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