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Motor Vehicles: Sales

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) low carbon road vehicles and (b) road vehicles were sold in the UK in each of the last five years. (306946)

Data on new vehicle registrations in the UK are collected by the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency). Table 1 shows the number of new vehicle registrations in the UK from 2004 to 2008. These data are published on the Department for Transport’s website which can be found at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/vehicles/licensing/

Table 1: Motor vehicles registered for the first time, 2004 to 2008

Thousands

Cars

Motorcycles

Vans

HGVs

Buses & coaches

Other

Total

2004

2,599

137

341

53

13

42

3,185

2005

2,443

136

330

57

13

43

3,021

2006

2,340

135

328

54

12

43

2,914

2007

2,390

146

340

47

12

61

2,997

2008

2,112

142

291

53

12

63

2,672

Data on the C02 emissions from most road vehicles are not available. However, since 2001, DVLA has collected data on the C02 emissions (gC02/km) of new cars registered in accordance with EU Decision 1753/2000/EC. There is no precise definition of a low carbon vehicle. Table 2 shows the number of new cars registered in the UK over the last five years with C02 emissions below 120gCO2/km. These cars have significantly lower C02 emissions than the average for newly registered cars in 2008 of 158gC02/km and have risen as a share of all newly registered cars from 3 per cent. in 2004 to 11 per cent. in 2008.

Table 2: Cars registered for the first time by gC02/km, 2004 to 2008

Thousands

Cars below 120gCO2/km

Cars above 120gCO2/km

Unknown

Total

Cars below 120g as a percentage of total

2004

79

2,443

77

2,599

3

2005

75

2,311

57

2,443

3

2006

106

2,190

45

2,340

5

2007

131

2,221

38

2,390

5

2008

227

1,857

28

2,112

11