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New vehicle sales accelerate to 10-year high in 2015

Published 14/04/2016

Some 3.21 million new vehicles were registered in 2015, according to the DVLA
Some 3.21 million new vehicles were registered in 2015, according to the DVLA

The number of new vehicles sold in Britain last year reached its highest level in a decade, official figures show.

Some 3.21 million new vehicles were registered in 2015, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

This represents an 8% annual rise and is the first time the figure has exceeded three million since 2005.

Car sales rose by 7% to 2.6 million, while light goods vehicle registrations increased by 16% to 375,000.

At the end of the year there were 36.5 million vehicles licensed for use on Britain's roads, of which 30.3 million were cars.

Around 30,000 ultra-low emission vehicles were sold in the UK, representing 0.9% of all new registrations, compared with 0.5% in 2014.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin claimed the figures show Britain's economy is "on the move".

He said: " We are determined to deliver better journeys to drivers, which is why we are making a £21 billion investment in our roads, which is the biggest in a generation.

"I am pleased to see that registrations of ultra-low emission vehicles have soared by nearly 90% in a year as drivers see the advantage of cleaner, greener vehicles that are cheaper to run."

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