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%
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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