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UK car parc rising, led by company cars

The number of cars on Britain's roads is rising year-on-year according to figures released today, with company cars showing the greatest increase.

The Department for Transport today published national statistics of on the stock of licensed vehicles in Great Britain in 2005.

The total number of motor vehicles licensed at the end of 2005 was 2.0% higher than at the end of 2004.

Key results for the change in the stock of licensed vehicles between end of 2004 and 2005 include:

  • The number of car licences increased by 1.8 per cent
  • The number of company cars licensed increased by nearly 6.1 per cent
  • The number of light goods vehicles licensed increased by 4.3 per cent
  • The number of motor cycles, scooters and mopeds licensed increased by 1.3 per cent

    Motor vehicles currently licensed, by body type: 2004 and 2005 in Great Britain (thousands)

    Body type 2004 2005 Percentage change
    All Cars 27,028 27,520 1.8
    of which company cars 2,293 2,434 6.1
    All vehicles 32,259 32,897 2.0

    Motor vehicles registered for the first time: by body type: 2004 and 2005 in Great Britain (thousands)

    Body type 2004 2005 Percentage change
    All cars 2,599 2,443 -6.0
    of which company cars 1,368 1,388 1.5
    All vehicles 3,185 3,021 -5.2

  • Figures are produced from DVLA licensing records.
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