UK vehicle numbers reach record high

12.00 | 24 September 2013 |

The number of vehicles on UK roads is at its highest ever level, according to figures published by the DVLA (

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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