Licensed motor vehicles

In 2017, the number of licensed motor vehicles in the Lancashire-14 area was 832,700. Of these, 279,800 were diesel cars and 75,700 were diesel vans.

The 690,900 licensed cars in the Lancashire-14 area accounted for 83% of the total number of licensed vehicles in the area (UK = 82.7%).

The total number of licensed motor vehicles in the Lancashire-14 area has risen by 11,300 (1.4%) on the 2016 figure. The increase was the result of 8,700 extra licensed cars, 2,500 more light goods vehicles, 200 additional heavy goods vehicles and 600 additional vehicles in the other category (1). There was, however, a decline of 600 (2%) licensed motorcycles in the Lancashire-14 area between 2016 and 2017, which was similar to the rate of decline in the North West region but nearly double the UK rate of decline. Licensed buses and coaches numbers also declined in the Lancashire-14 area, but only by fewer than one hundred. This constitutes a 2.4% decline between 2016 and 2017, slightly above the regional (1.8%) and UK (1.9%) percentage reductions.

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

The Environment and Transport Neighbourhood Intelligence dashboard allows for more detailed analysis of the licensed vehicle statistics, such as by district or groups of districts, by vehicle type and by year dating back to 2006.  Analysis of the cars or vans with diesel engines is also provided, dating back to 2009.  These are found on Slide 2 'Air quality / Road transport' of the dashboard.

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, 2017

  Cars Motorcyles Light goods vehicles Heavy goods vehicles Buses and coaches Other vehicles (1) Total 
Burnley 36,400 1,300 3,900 600 100 500 42,700
Chorley 59,400 2,700 7,000 1,000 200 1,400 71,700
Fylde 43,300 1,600 3,600 400 100 900 50,000
Hyndburn 35,500 1,300 4,100 700 200 400 42,000
Lancaster 62,300 3,100 7,500 1,200 300 2,200 76,500
Pendle 39,600 1,500 5,000 600 200 900 47,800
Preston 57,700 1,900 6,300 1,000 300 1,200 68,400
Ribble Valley 33,500 1,200 4,400 700 200 1,900 41,900
Rossendale 34,300 1,600 4,400 600 200 700 41,700
South Ribble 58,800 2,600 7,200 3,600 400 1,100 73,600
West Lancashire 58,100 3,400 7,300 2,100 300 2,500 73,800
Wyre 57,300 2,500 6,500 700 200 2,000 69,200
Lancashire-12 576,500 24,700 67,100 13,100 2,600 15,700 699,600
Blackburn with Darwen 58,100 1,800 5,800 700 200 700 67,300
Blackpool 56,300 2,400 5,500 300 400 800 65,700
Lancashire-14 690,900 28,900 78,400 14,100 3,100 17,200 832,700
North West  3,214,800 116,900 339,000 66,900 15,800 64,500 3,817,800
England 26,575,300 1,092,600 3,329,800 431,900 132,900 590,600 32,153,200
United Kingdom 32,159,900 1,255,900 4,011,300 523,300 164,000 778,800 38,893,300

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 2018