Licensed motor vehicles

In 2016, the number of licensed motor vehicles in the Lancashire-14 area was 821,400. Of these, 270,100 were diesel cars and 73,300 were diesel vans.

The 682,200 licensed cars in the Lancashire-14 area accounted for 83% of the total number of licensed vehicles in the area (UK = 82.8%).

The total number of licensed motor vehicles in the Lancashire-14 area has risen by 14,800 (1.8%) on the 2015 figure. The increase was the result of 10,000 extra licensed cars, 3,000 more light goods vehicles, 500 additional heavy goods vehicles, 700 extra motorcycles and 600 additional vehicles in the other category (1). There was, however, a decline of 100 licensed buses and coaches (3.1%) in the Lancashire-14 area between 2015 and 2016, which was greater than than the regional (1.2%) and UK (0.7%) percentage reductions.

Please note that significant changes in the number of vehicles from year to year can often occur when companies with large numbers of vehicles change their registered address.

An article that considers the 2011 census results for the method of travel to work confirms the dominance of private vehicles as the method of commuting to work in this part of the country.    

Table 1. Licensed motor vehicles, 2016 

  Cars Motorcyles Light goods vehicles Heavy goods vehicles Buses and coaches Other vehicles (1) Total 
Burnley 35,800 1,400 3,800 600 100 500 42,100
Chorley 58,400 2,900 6,700 1,000 200 1,400 70,600
Fylde 42,600 1,600 3,500 400 100 900 49,100
Hyndburn 34,900 1,400 3,900 700 200 400 41,400
Lancaster 61,700 3,100 7,100 1,200 300 2,100 75,500
Pendle 39,100 1,500 4,800 600 200 800 47,000
Preston 56,800 2,100 6,200 1,000 300 1,200 67,500
Ribble Valley 33,100 1,300 4,200 700 200 1,900 41,300
Rossendale 34,000 1,600 4,300 500 200 700 41,200
South Ribble 58,400 2,700 7,100 3,400 400 1,100 73,100
West Lancashire 57,600 3,100 7,200 2,000 300 2,400 72,600
Wyre 56,700 2,500 6,300 800 200 1,900 68,300
Lancashire-12 569,200 25,100 65,000 12,800 2,600 15,100 689,900
Blackburn with Darwen 57,100 1,900 5,500 800 200 700 66,300
Blackpool 55,900 2,500 5,400 300 300 800 65,200
Lancashire-14 682,200 29,500 75,900 13,900 3,100 16,600 821,400
North West  3,171,900 119,400 330,100 67,400 16,100 64,000 3,768,900
England 26,283,300 1,107,300 3,234,200 427,000 135,800 575,400 31,763,000
United Kingdom 31,792,300 1,270,200 3,889,700 517,100 167,100 751,900 38,388,200

Source: Department for Transport: Vehicle Licensing Statistics (table VEH0105). 

(1) Other vehicles includes: diggers, rollers, ambulances, hackney carriages, 3-wheelers, agricultural vehicles, lift trucks.

Page updated April 2017