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 total number of all new vehicles licensed during January 2014 was 18,328
compared with 12,316 during the same month in 2013 - an increase of 48.8%.
In January 2014, of the 15,975 new private cars licensed, 3,755 (23.5%) were
petrol and 11,934 (74.7%) were diesel.
The highest number of new private cars licensed in January 2014, classified
by make, was Toyota (2,354) followed by Volkswagen (1,719), Ford (1,575) and
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
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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