Number of cars on UK roads increases

24 March 2006

  • DVLA figures show firms are buying more cars
  • Number of new car private buyers has fallen
  • UK roads now have almost 33 million vehicles


Company motorists are driving up the number of cars on UK roads, according to new figures released today.

The DVLA figures show that the overall number of cars on UK roads has increased by 1.8% compared with 2004, rising from 25,754,000 to 26,208,000.

Registrations of company cars have increased sharply by 6.1% over the same period and now stand 2,434,000.

The new statistics also show that the number of private buyers registering new cars has dropped for the first time by 6.0%. In 2004, private motorists put 2,599,000 new cars on the road, compared with 2,443,000 in 2005.

Overall, there are 32,897,000 vehicles registered for use on UK roads including cars, vans, taxis, buses and trucks.

The UK is second only to Germany in European new car registrations.

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