2019 Vehicle & Driver Statistics published


The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has published its annual Bulletin of Vehicle and Driver Statistics for the year 2019. 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 2019 is 2,805,839. This represents an increase of 88,117 vehicles (3.24%) on the previous year. The main components of the vehicle fleet include 2,174,779 private cars, 366,760 goods vehicles, 75,863 agricultural tractors, 50,447 vintage vehicles and 42,492 motorcycles.
  • In the passenger car category, the number of vehicles at 2,174,779 represents an increase from 2,106,369 in the previous year (3.25% increase).
  • A total of 1,583,441 passenger cars are now taxed based on their Co2 emissions rating. This represents an increase of 197,233 (14.23%) units on the previous year figures and the CO2 based vehicles now represents 72.81% of the overall passenger car fleet. There are 88.35% of vehicles based in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ CO2 bands less than 141 g/km.
  • A total of 149,748 new vehicles were licensed, a decrease of 8,117 on the previous year figure. 137,196 imported used vehicles were licensed in 2019, an increase of 11,322 (8.99%), on the 2018 figure.
  • 366,760 goods vehicles were registered in 2019, compared to 355,273 units in 2018 (+11,487 +3.23%).
  • 33.7% of vehicles use petrol while 63.7% operate on diesel.
  • 74.5% of private cars are 4 years old and over while 60% are 6 years old and over.
  •  71% of goods vehicles are 4 years old and over while 57.5% are 6 years old and over. 
  • There were 3.047 million current driving licences at 31st December 2019. 92.35% held full licenses. There were 233,025 Learner Permits, a decrease of 7,039 on the 2018 figure.