Irish Economy 2014: The number of new private
cars licensed for the first time increased by 23.1% to11,906 in February 2014
compared to February 2013 - - but from a low base. Used (imported) private
cars licensed for the first time were up 22.1% to 4,537 for the same period.
The CSO said that in total, there were 27,881 new
private cars licensed in the year to the end of February 2014, a rise of 36.6%
compared to the same period in 2013. The corresponding figure for 2014 in
respect of used (imported) private cars was 8,503 and this was up 32.9% from
The licensing figures also show that:
- The number of new goods vehicles licensed in
February 2014 was 1,620, up 44.6% from February 2013;
- The total number of all new vehicles
licensed during February 2014 was 14,547 compared with 11,518 during the
same month in 2013 - an increase of 26.3%;
- In February 2014, of the 11,906 new private
cars licensed, 2,902 (24.4%) were petrol and 8,850 (74.3%) were diesel;
- The highest number of new private cars
licensed in February 2014, classified by make, was Volkswagen (1,432)
followed by Toyota (1,262), Ford (1,135) and Opel (1,102);
- In February 2014, the total number of
all vehicles licensed was 20,419 compared with 16,177 in the corresponding
month last year - an increase of 26.2%. .
The licensing figures refer to vehicles taxed for
road use only and classified by taxation class.
The CSO said 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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