Irish Economy
Irish Economy: New private cars licensed in 2013 at 71,348
By Finfacts Team
Jan 8, 2014 - 11:39 AM

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Irish Economy: The CSO said today that the number of new private cars licensed for the first time fell by 17.4% to 639 in December 2013 compared to December 2012. Used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time were down 6.4% to 3,181 for the same period. In total, there were 71,348 new private cars licensed in the year to the end of December 2013, a fall of 6.4% compared to the same period in 2012. The corresponding figure for 2013 in respect of used (imported) private cars was 49,762 and this was up 29.4% from 2012.

The licensing figures also show that:

  • In 2013, the total number of new goods vehicles licensed was 11,024, up 1.6% from 2012;
  • There were 92,887 new vehicles licensed during 2013 compared with 95,093 during 2012 - a decrease of 2.3%;
  • Of the 71,348 new private cars licensed in 2013, 18,964 (26.6%) were petrol and 51,772 (72.6%) were diesel;
  • The highest number of new private cars licensed in 2013, classified by make, was Volkswagen (9,098) followed by Toyota (7,180), Ford (7,032) and Hyundai (5,548);
  • In total, the number of vehicles licensed in 2013 was 164,043 compared with 145,043 during the previous year – an increase of 13.1%.

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

The CSO said 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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