2019 Vehicle & Driver Statistics published

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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.