Bulletin of Vehicle and Driver Statistics

Friday 29 March 2019

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 2018 is 2,717,722. This represents an increase of 41,843 vehicles (1.56%) on the previous year. The main components of the vehicle fleet include 2,106,369 private cars, 355,273 goods vehicles, 75,196 agricultural tractors and 40,198 motorcycles
  • In the passenger car category, the number of vehicles at 2,106,369 represents an increase from 2,066,112 in the previous year (1.95% increase).
  • A total of 1,386,208 passenger cars are now taxed based on their Co2 emissions rating. This represents an increase of 191,052 (15.99%) units on the previous year figures and the CO2 based vehicles now represents 65.8% of the overall passenger car fleet. There are 87.45% of vehicles bases in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ CO2 bands less than 141 g/km.
  • A total of 157,865 new vehicles were licensed, a decrease of 3,975 on the previous year figure. 125,874 imported used vehicles were licensed in 2018, an increase of 7,856 (6.65%), on the 2017 figure.
  • 36% of vehicles use petrol while 62% operate on diesel.
  • 32,083 vehicles use fuel type petrol and electric, an increase of 51.9% on 2017 figures and 4,825 vehicles use electric only, an increase of 65% on 2017 figures. 2,789 vehicles are petrol/plug in hybrid electric which is an increase of 1,918 vehicles (220%). 
  • 73.8% of private cars are 4 years old and over while 62% are 6 years old and over. In 2012, 82.6% of private cars were 4 years old and over while 63.83% of private cars were 6 years old and over.
  • 70.5% of goods vehicles are 4 years old and over while 60% are 6 years old and over.
  • There were 2.90 million current driving licences at 31st December 2018. 91.7% held full licenses. There were 240,064 Learner Permits licences, a decrease of 6,084 on the 2017 figure.

The bulletin is available electronically on the Department’s Website at http://www.dttas.ie/roads/publications/english/irish-bulletin-vehicle-and-driver-statistics-2018 or from the Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division by email at dvcsddata@dttas.ie


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