Record 34m vehicles on UK's roads

New figures show that Britain currently has more than 34 million licensed vehicles on its roads.

Out of these, more than 28.4 million are cars, with a 34% increase in the the number of licensed cars since 1994.

From December 2009 and December 2010, the total number of licensed vehicles in the UK rose by 0.5%, or 162,000.

In 2010, licensed car numbers increased by around 170,000, whereas motorcycles declined by 3.2%, while the number of heavy goods vehicles and coaches was down by 1.5%.

Statistics from the Department for Transport also showed that the number of cars in the lowest-emission vehicle excise duty band more than doubled to 57,000.

In 2010, the average engine size of all licensed cars was 1,750cc. At the end of the last year, Ford manufactured as 15% of all licensed cars, while Vauxhall made 12%.

According to the report, almost 50% of all licensed cars in Britain are manufactured by Ford, Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Peugeot and Renault.

It also revealed that about 46% of newly-licensed cars in 2010 used diesel, up from 41% during the previous year.

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