Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Annual 2020

Organisation: Department for Transport (DfT)
Date of Publication: May 2021
Date Uploaded: 25 May 2021

These government statistics show 2.1m vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain during 2020, 27% fewer than during 2019.

The fall in registrations is largely due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw car showrooms across the county close their doors for a substantial period of time.

In terms of vehicle type, the largest falls were among HGVs (32%), buses and coaches (29%) and cars (29%).

Conversely, motorcycles saw the smallest decline, down 5%. In fact, during the second half of the year, registrations of new motorcycles actually rose – up by 27%.

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