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|
|Blackburn with Darwen||58,100||1,800||5,800||700||200||700||67,300|
Source: Department for Transport: Vehicle Licensing Statistics (table VEH0105).
(1) Other vehicles includes: diggers, rollers, ambulances, hackney carriages, 3-wheelers, agricultural vehicles, lift trucks.
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