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TOTAL CARS ON THE ROAD 2015

Every month the DVLA publishes the new car registration data for the UK. This is based on first time car registrations. Car manufacturers are obviously extremely interested in this data since this tells them how they are doing compared to their competitors, whether their models are performing well vs competitors models and gives and indication whether their latest marketing activities are having the desired effect.

Every year the DVLA also publishes an indication of the total number of cars on the road. In a very real way this is actually more relevant to the general population than the new car registrations. It gives a better view of many different effects of cars on the road including how busy roads are likely to be getting, likely car parking requirements and many other factors can be extrapolated from the data.

Below is an overview of the total car parc data for 2015, as always it makes interesting reading.

At the end of December 2015 there were 36.5 million vehicles on the road, up by about 900,000 or just over 2%, 83% of these were cars. Vans grew by almost 5% in the same period.

3.2 million vehicles were registered in 2015 the highest since the all time record in 2003 and just 1% fewer than those registered in 2003.

Fuel type is also continuing to change. By December 2015 11.4 million cars were diesel accounting for 37.8% of the total. This is a huge increase since 1994, when only 7.4% were diesel. Alternative fuel cars (Hybrid, electric, gas etc) made up only 310,000 cars of the total but this was up 25% on the previous year showing the increasing popularity of the alternative powered vehicles.

The average emissions of cars is also continuing to fall steeply. As an example in the last quarter of 2015 82% of new car registered were in the lowest 5 bands of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), this equates to less than 140g/km of CO2. Obviously this takes time to trickle through to the full car parc (population) but at the end of 2015 42% of all cars registered were in the same lowest 5 bands of VED. This compares to only 1% in 2001.

Vehicle ownership continues to follow the trends of previous years. In 2015, 55% of new cars were company purchases but the total parc only contained 8.7% company owner cars.

 

Ford Fiesta

1.4

Ford Focus

1.4

Vauxhall Astra

1.2

Vauxhall Astra

1.0

Volkswagen Golf

1.0

BMW 3 series

0.6

Volkswagen Polo

0.6

Renault Clio

0.6

Toyota Yaris

0.4

Ford Mondeo

0.4

Vauxhall Zafira

0.4

Honda Civic

0.4

Nissan Micra

0.4

Mercedes C Class

0.4

Audi A3

0.4

 

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