NEW GOODS VEHICLES LICENCED FOR FIRST TIME HIGHEST SINCE 2008
The Central Statistics Office released new figures this month showing the number of vehicles licenced for the first time in 2016 compared with previous years.
2016 showed an increase of 22.6% in the number of new goods vehicles licenced in 2016, the highest since 2008 (See Chart Below)
There was also an increase in the number of private cars licenced in 2016 of 17.8% compared with 2015.
The number of used (imported) private cars licensed rose by 46.9% to 69,381 in 2016 compared with 47,217 in 2015. This is the highest annual number of used (imported) cars licensed on record. (See Chart Below)
When compared with December 2015, the number of new private cars licenced in December 2016 fell by 18.3% to 692. The number of used (imported) private cars licenced in December more than doubled to 6,357.
Every county showed an increase in the number of new cars licenced in 2016, with 14 counties having over 3,000 new cars licensed in 2016. Almost half (47.9%) of all new private cars licenced in the country in 2016 were licensed in Dublin (35.2%) and Cork (12.7%) combined.