It has been revealed that the number of goods vehicles licensed for the first time in Ireland has increased by 7.8%, going up from 1,047 in April 2012 to 1,129 in April 2013.
However, the overall number of vehicles licensed for the first time has decreased by 10.7% since this time last year.
The figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that in April 2012, 11,263 vehicles (both private and goods vehicles) were licensed for the first time, compared to April 2013 when only 10,057 vehicles were licensed – a decrease of 1,206 vehicles.
The number of new private cars licensed for the first time decreased from 9,388 in April 2012 to 8,113 in 2013, a drop of 13.6%.
The report also breaks down the figures into different categories – listing the vehicles licensed by make, CO2 emission band, fuel type and taxation class.
26.1% of the new private cars licensed for the first time in April 2013 were petrol, while 73.3% were diesel. Of the new private cars licensed in April 2013, the most popular was Volkswagen with 1,138 licensed in April 2013. Volkswagen were followed by Toyota (942), Ford (675) and Renault (624).
nThe report and figures can be viewed in full on the CSO website at www.cso.ie