The number of vehicles on UK roads is at its highest ever level, according to figures published by the DVLA (motoring.co.uk).
DVLA data shows there were 35 million licensed vehicles as of 30 June 2013 – a 1.3% increase compared with the second quarter of 2012.
Of these, 29.1 million were cars – a new high. These figures were boosted by relatively strong new car sales in the period April-June 2013 when 546,000 cars were registered, a 12.9% increase over the corresponding period in 2012.
More buyers are choosing environmentally friendly machines; 1,139 ultra-low emission vehicles were registered in the second quarter of 2013, the first time the number exceeded 1,000.
In contrast, the number of registered buses and coaches fell by 1.1%, the number of heavy goods vehicles fell by 0.4% and the number of motorbikes also fell by 0.3%.
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