The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport has this week 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 2015 is 2,570,294. This represents an increase of 54,972 vehicles (2.19%) on the previous year. The main components of the vehicle fleet include 1,985,130 private cars, 330,541 goods vehicles, 82,046 agricultural tractors and 36,974 motorcycles.
- In the passenger car category, the number of vehicles at 1,985,130 represents an increase from 1,943,868 in the previous year (2.12% increase).
- A total of 814,904 passenger cars are now taxed based on their Co2 emissions rating. This represents an increase of 149,130 (22.4%) units on the previous year figures and the CO2 based vehicles now represents 41% of the overall passenger car fleet. There are 82% of vehicles bases in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ CO2 bands less than 141 g/km.
- A total of 153,850 new vehicles were licensed, an increase of 36,198 (30.77%) on the previous year figure. 62,673 imported used vehicles were licensed in 2015, a decrease of 7,595 (-10.81%), on the 2014 figure.
- 45.55% of vehicles use petrol while 53.61% operate on diesel.
- 80.85% of private cars are 4 years old and over while 69.16% are 6 years old and over. In 2010, 75% of private cars were 4 years old and over while 56% of private cars were 6 years old and over.
- 80.51% of goods vehicles are 4 years old and over while 73.17% are 6 years old and over.
- There were 2.76 million current driving licences at 31st December 2015. 91.3% held full licenses. There were 240,442 Learner Permits licences, an increase of 4,564 on the 2014 figure.