Title: Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Annual 2017

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 24th April 2018
Date published/launched: April 2018

A sharp decline in the number of diesel cars registered for the first time in 2017 is the reason behind the first fall in the overall new vehicle market since 2011.

3,102,887 new vehicles were registered in 2017 – 6% (193,070) fewer than the 3,295,957 registered in 2016.

The number of diesel cars registered fell by 214,721 (17%) – from 1,262,167 in 2016 to 1,047,446 in 2017.

The DfT says this ‘dramatic’ change could be attributed to the increase to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates in April 2017; as well as plans unveiled in July 2017 to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.

Despite the overall decline, the number of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) registered for the first time rose by 27% to 53,000.

ULEVs accounted for 1.7% of all new vehicle registrations – up from 1.2% in 2016 and 0.9% two years before.

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