There are now 31.7m cars registered in the UK, and they average 8.6 years old (up from 8.3 in 2019). The average diesel is now 8 years old (up from 7.3 in 2019) with petrol at 9.3 (9.1 in 2019).

These statistics for UK car registrations to December 2020 were released on 13 May. The Department of Transport focuses heavily on the rise in the numbers of ULEVs registered by the end of 2020.

Given the pandemic, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the number of cars is down slightly since 2019 (31.7m versus 31.9m). The long term trend is for more cars, and they are getting older (the average car was 20% younger in 2005).

Maybe of more surprise is that the average bus/coach is now 11.2 years old. Especially given how polluting these NOX/particulate “super-spreaders” are and the fact that they are often used in urban environments.

We’ll reflect some more on what all of this actually means for the environment in future posts, but it doesn’t feel like it’s all good news does it?