There were 15,975 new private cars licensed in January 2014, compared with 10,735 in January 2013, an increase of 48.8%, according to the CSO. The corresponding figure for January 2014 in respect of used (imported) private cars was 3,966 and this was up 47.9% from January 2013.
The number of new goods vehicles licensed in January 2014 was 1,390, up 59.2% from January 2013.
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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