Irish Economy
New Irish private cars licensed rose 16.0% to 2,832 in October 2013
By Finfacts Team
Nov 9, 2013 - 1:53 AM

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The number of new Irish private cars licensed for the first time rose by 16.0% to 2,832 in October 2013 compared to October 2012 according to the CSO. Used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time were up 41.8% to 4,658 for the same period.

In total, there were 69,402 new private cars licensed in the year to the end of October 2013, a fall of 6.3% compared to the same period in 2012. The corresponding figure for 2013 in respect of used (imported) private cars was 42,095 and this was up 33.2% from 2012.

The licensing figures also show that:

  • The number of new goods vehicles licensed in October 2013 was 973, up 45.2% from October 2012;
  • The total number of all new vehicles licensed during October 2013 was 4,974 compared with 3,563 during the same month in 2012 - an increase of 39.6%;
  • In October 2013, the total number of used (imported) private cars licensed was 4,658 compared with 3,284 during October 2012 - an increase of 41.8%;
  • In October 2013, of the 2,832 new private cars licensed, 709 (25.0%) were petrol and 2,098 (74.1%) were diesel;
  • The highest number of new private cars licensed in October 2013, classified by make, was Volkswagen (356) followed by Opel (211), Seat (210) and Ford (204);
  • In October 2013, the total number of all vehicles licensed was 12,703 compared with 7,784 in the corresponding month last year - an increase of 63.2%;

The licensing figures refer to vehicles taxed for road use only and classified by taxation class.

It should be noted that the three month transition period for motor tax gapping provided for in the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013 ended on 30 September 2013.

Licensing differs from registration in that a vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time. Registration occurs when a vehicle gets its licence plate (registration number) for the first time.

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