The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has 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 2016 is 2,624,958. This represents an increase of 54,664 vehicles (2.13%) on the previous year. The main components of the vehicle fleet include 2,026,977 private cars, 342,259 goods vehicles, 79,871 agricultural tractors and 38,023 motorcycles.
· In the passenger car category, the number of vehicles at 2,026,977 represents an increase from 1,985,130 in the previous year (2.11% increase).
· A total of 1,000,488 passenger cars are now taxed based on their Co2 emissions rating. This represents an increase of 185,584 (22.77%) units on the previous year figures and the CO2 based vehicles now represents 49.4% of the overall passenger car fleet. There are 84.56% of vehicles bases in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ CO2 bands less than 141 g/km.
· A total of 181,293 new vehicles were licensed, an increase of 27,443 (17.83%) on the previous year figure. 89,603 imported used vehicles were licensed in 2016, an increase of 26,086 (41.62%), on the 2015 figure.
· 42% of vehicles use petrol while 56.93% operate on diesel.
· 78% of private cars are 4 years old and over while 66.9% 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.
· 75.91% of goods vehicles are 4 years old and over while 68.26% are 6 years old and over.
· There were 2.82 million current driving licences at 31st December 2016. 91.1% held full licenses. There were 249,657 Learner Permits licences, an increase of 9,215 on the 2015 figure.
The bulletin is available electronically on the Department’s Website at