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Dept for Transport Statistical Release April 2020

Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Annual 2019

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This release presents the latest statistics on licensed motor vehicles. It is part of the Vehicle Statistics series. Detailed data tables are available online.

These statistics are based on administrative data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Except where otherwise stated, the statistics refer to Great Britain. UK data is available from July 2014.


  • 9 million vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain during 2019, 1.1% fewer than during 2018.
  • New diesel car registrations continue to decline sharply in Great Britain, with large increases seen for alternative fuel cars.
  • Battery electric new car registrations more than doubled in Great Britain, which contrasts with a sharp decline in plug-in hybrid electric cars.
  • Large increases in new battery electric ULEVs push total new ULEV numbers up in the UK.
  • At the end of 2019, there were 269 thousand ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK.
  • Average CO2 emissions of cars registered for the first time have been affected by regulation and market changes over the past few years.
  • At the end of 2019, there were 38.7 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain, a 1.3% increase compared to the end of 2018.
  • The average age of a licensed car in Great Britain was 8.3 years at the end of 2019.
  • Company kept cars are a primary driver of new registrations for cars.
  • Ford remained the most common make for new car registrations in Great Britain during 2019.

For the full statistical release (30 April 2020) please click on the graphic below.

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