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:
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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