Chapter 1: Road Transport Vehicles

Chapter 1: Road Transport Vehicles

Chapter 1: Road Transport Vehicles - Infographic

1. Introduction

1.1 This chapter provides information about the numbers of road transport vehicles, such as new registrations, numbers licensed by taxation group and council area, ages, cylinder sizes, methods of propulsion, gross weights of heavy goods vehicles, seating capacity of public transport vehicles, licensing figures for taxi and private hire cars and their drivers and numbers of wheelchair accessible taxis.  It also provides statistics of the most popular cars, results of the road vehicle testing scheme (MOT), driving tests, driving licence holders, households with the regular use of a car (from the Scottish Household Survey), the number of Blue Badges issued and information about motor vehicle offences recorded by the Police.

Key Points

  • There were 2.9 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Scotland in 2015, of which 84 per cent were cars.
  • Over two thirds (68%) of the adult population (17+) held a full driving licence in 2015.
  • Seventy per cent of households had access to one or more cars or vans in 2015; a quarter (27%) of households had access to two or more cars or vans.

2. Main Points

Vehicles Licensed

2.1 The total number of new motor vehicles registrations in 2015 was around 267,600, 2% more than in 2014 and 6% more than 2005. (Table 1.1)

2.2 New registrations of cars in 2015 accounted for around 224,000 of these, around 6,000 (3%) more than in 2014, and 11,000 (5%) more than 2005.  Of all new registered vehicles in 2015, 125,300 (47%) were petrol-propelled, and 137,700 (51%) were diesel-propelled. The remaining new vehicles registered in 2015 were mostly electric or hybrid-electric vehicles, both these groups have seen steady increases in new registrations in recent years.  In the last 10 years, only 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 saw more new diesel vehicles registered than petrol vehicles. More detailed data on vehicles registered in 2015 by body type and propulsion is included in Chapter 13. (Table 1.1

2.3 The total number of vehicles licensed was 2.9 million in 2015, 1 per cent higher than 2014 and 13% higher than in 2005.  The number of private and light goods vehicles in 2015 was 2.5 million, 2% more than 2014 and 14% higher than 2005. (Table 1.2)

2.4 Glasgow had the largest number of vehicles licensed as at the end of 2015 (262,600), followed by Fife (201,200) and Edinburgh (192,200) - based on the postcode of the registered keeper.  Per head of population (aged 17+), Glasgow had the third lowest figure behind Dundee and Edinburgh.  Glasgow had 433 vehicles for every 1,000 people aged 17+, Edinburgh was lowest at 385.  Vehicle ownership per head was much higher in rural areas - Orkney had 753 vehicles per 1,000 people aged 17+, Shetland had 726 and Aberdeenshire had 712, the three areas in Scotland with the highest vehicle ownership by population.  The Scotland average was 533 per thousand. The pattern for car registrations was similar with Edinburgh lowest, but Stirling had the highest figure per thousand population at 584, followed by Aberdeenshire at 551.  The effect of the registration of company car fleets can be seen: Glasgow accounted for 31 per cent 

(55,600) of all the company cars registered in Scotland, compared to 9 per cent of all cars. (Table 1.3)

2.5 There were 10,536 taxis and 12,122 private hire cars licensed in Scotland based on figures provided by Scottish local licensing authorities during October-November 2016. These show that licensed taxis have fallen by 4 and private hire cars have risen by 1,441 compared with figures for 2015.  Latest figures show that of the 10,536 licensed taxis, just under 4,954 (47%) are wheelchair accessible, a similar proportion and slight decrease in the total number of accessible vehicles from the previous year. The proportion of wheelchair accessible vehicles varies across different Authority areas. (Table 1.4)

2.6 The average age of private and light goods vehicles in 2015 was 6.6 years, the same as last year, and continuing a trend of increasing average age since 2005. The average age of private and light goods vehicles continued to be lower in Scotland than for Great Britain as a whole. In 2015 the average age of these vehicles in Great Britain was 7.8 years. (Table 1.6)

2.7 There were 6,087 licensed operators of heavy goods vehicles in Scotland in December 2016 and 895 public service vehicle licence holders.  Most HGV operators had few (if any) vehicles specified on the licence: 2,954 had 0-2 vehicles, 1,500 had 3-5 vehicles and 812 had 6-10 vehicles.  Only 81 operators had between 51 and 100 vehicles specified on the licence as at December 2016.  (Table 1.10)

2.8 The most popular new car sold in Scotland in 2015 was the Vauxhall Corsa with a market share of 5.4%.  The top 5 most popular models had a total market share of 18% and the top 10, 28%. (Table 1.11)

MOTs & Driving Tests

2.9 In 2015/16, about 40% of cars tested in the Road Vehicle Testing Scheme (MOT) were unsatisfactory, as were 15% of motor cycles. About 18% of cars tested had unsatisfactory lights or signalling, 18% had unsatisfactory suspension and 16% had unsatisfactory brakes (a vehicle with more than one type of fault is counted against each of them). 8% of motorcycles tested had unsatisfactory lights or signalling, 4% had unsatisfactory brakes and 3% had unsatisfactory steering or suspension. (Table 1.12)

2.10 There were 123,000 driving licence practical tests conducted in 2015, the same as 2014. The pass rate was also the same at 48%. The test centre at the Isle of Mull had the highest pass rate (88%), though only 17 tests were conducted, Isle of Skye (Portree) had the highest pass rate for centres where at least 50 tests were conducted (77%), while the lowest was at Glasgow Shieldhall (38%).  (Tables 1.13 & 1.14)

2.11 The Scottish Household Survey results for 2015 showed that 68% of adults over the age of 17 held a full driving license. Although men were more likely to hold a full driving licence than women in all age groups, the difference between the proportions increased with age.  For the 17-19 age group in 2015, the difference was 5 percentage points. For 70-79 year olds there was a difference of 24 percentage points (men: 76%, women: 52%), which increased to 40 percentage points for those aged 80+ (men: 67%; women: 27%). (Tables 1.16 and 1.17)

2.12 SHS results also showed that the percentage holding a full driving licence tended to increase with household income. In 2015, 89% of adults aged 17+ living in households which had an annual net income of over £40,000 held a full driving licence.  In contrast, only 45% of adults who lived in households with an annual net income of up to £10,000 held a full driving licence.  

2.13 License possession was also more likely in rural areas.  In 2015, 61% of adults aged 17+ living in large urban areas held a full driving licence compared with 81% of those living in ‘Remote Rural’ areas (the Scottish Government urban/rural classification system used in the Survey is described in the Notes and Definitions section, page 225). (Table 1.16)

Car Availability

2.14 The Scottish Household Survey shows that 70 per cent of households had access to one or more cars in 2015, a proportion that has remained relatively stable over the last five years.  A quarter (27%) of households had access to two or more cars.  (Table 1.19)  These estimates were similar to results from the Scotland Census 2011, which suggested that 69% of households have access to one or more cars, with 27% having two or more cars. The Census also showed that slightly fewer men (21 per cent) than women (26 per cent) aged 16 and over lived in households with no cars or vans available. (Table 1.23)

2.15 The Scottish Household Survey also shows how the percentage of households with a car available for private use varies between different household types, income bands and type of area.  In 2015, family (small or large) and large adult households were most likely to have access to at least one car (large family: 90%, small family: 89%, large adult: 87%). (note definitions of family types are included in the Notes and Definitions section, page 225)  Least likely to have access to a car were single pensioner households (43%). The SHS also showed that 27% of large adult and 14% of large family households had 3 or more cars available for private use in 2015. (Table 1.20)  The 2011 Census showed that married or cohabiting families with dependent children were most likely to have access to a car, at 92%, and single pensioner households were the least likely, at 36%. (Table 1.24)

2.16 Only 40% of households whose net annual income was up to £10,000 had one or more cars available for private use, compared with at least 85% of households whose annual net income were above £25,000. 60% of households in large urban areas had cars, compared with 83-88% those in rural areas. (Table 1.20) 

2.17   The car ownership statistics from the SHS can be supplemented with information on equalities from the 2011 Census.  This shows that the proportion of households with no car or van available was generally higher for those where the Household Reference Person (HRP)[1] was from a minority ethnic group; within this group it was highest for households where the HRP was from the ‘African’ (60 per cent) or ‘Caribbean or Black’ (49 per cent) ethnic groups.  Additionally, of the 473,000 people in households who had a long-term health problem or disability that limited their day-to-day activities a lot, 46 per cent lived in households with no cars or vans available.  The corresponding proportion was 34 per cent for the 523,000 people whose day-day activities were limited a little and 19 per cent for the 4.2 million people who had no limiting long-term health problem. (Table 1.25)

2.18 There were 229,529 Blue Badges on issue in Scotland at the end of March 2016.  108,085 were issued to recipients of allowances or grants which provide an automatic entitlement to a Blue Badge, 118,634 were issued on a discretionary basis to other people with a permanent or substantial disability, and 2,810 were issued to institutions. (Table 1.21)

Motor Vehicle Offences

2.19 The numbers of motor vehicle offences recorded by the police include offences in respect of which either the police or the procurator fiscal made a conditional offer of a fixed penalty (mainly moving vehicle offences).  They do not include stationary vehicle offences which are dealt with by the police or traffic wardens by means of fixed penalty notices (mainly parking offences).

2.20 Following the establishment of Police Scotland, data for 2013-14 onwards are returned from one central unit within Police Scotland using their performance management tool. Prior to 2013-14, data were returned by the eight legacy police force areas. An extensive quality assurance exercise was carried out by the Scottish Government to ensure that the dataset produced from the new system is consistent with data returned from the legacy police forces.

2.21 This exercise identified a number of anomalies affecting comparability of the time series resulting in breaks in the series. Further information about these discontinuities can be found in the Technical report, entitled Recorded Crime: Comparability of Police Scotland and Legacy Force Data, available from http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubRecordedCrime/TechnicalReport.

2.20 The total number of motor vehicle offences recorded in 2015-16 was 170,297 (Table 1.22).

2.21 Although the total number of motor vehicle offences recorded decreased by 13% between 2014-15 and 2015-16, there were as many motor vehicle offence categories that showed an increase as those that showed a decrease; changes in these figures may arise because of changes in the level of enforcement or police deployment. The largest decreases were for Seat belt offences, where there was a 48% decrease from 15,619 to 8,059, and for Mobile phone offences, where there was a 44% decrease from 17,978 to 10,085 (Table 1.22).

Figure 1.1 New registrations by taxation group

Figure 1.1 New registrations by taxation group

Note: In 2003 the definition of "Crown Exempt" and "Other" categories mean figures aren't strictly comparable.

See footnote 3 of table 1.1

 

Table 1.1 New registrations by taxation group, body type and method of propulsion
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  thousand
by type of vehicle (taxation group)
Private and light goods 212.5 204.9 209.3 170.0 176.8 168.3 159.2 174.9 199.3 217.4 223.5
Motorcycles 6.6 7.1 7.6 7.5 6.0 4.9 4.8 5.1 5.2 5.9 6.1
Public transport 1 1.3 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.9 0.8 0.8
Goods 3.7 3.7 3.3 3.7 2.2 2.0 2.5 2.7 3.3 2.5 3.0
Crown and exempt 2 26.0 25.3 28.4 31.6 30.0 32.4 34.4 31.9 31.6 34.1 32.3
Other vehicles 2 1.2 1.2 1.6 1.5 0.8 0.7 0.9 1.2 1.0 1.5 1.9
Total 251.3 243.2 251.2 215.3 216.4 208.8 202.3 216.4 241.4 262.2 267.6
by body type
Cars 203.2 196.5 202.5 172.7 186.2 177.2 167.8 182.5 205.2 222.4 221.8
Taxis 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.5
Motorcycles 6.6 7.2 7.8 7.7 6.1 5.0 4.8 5.2 5.3 6.1 6.4
Three wheelers 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Light goods 3 29.6 28.2 28.8 22.8 14.4 17.8 19.6 17.7 20.2 23.4 28.3
Goods 3 4.4 4.2 3.8 4.2 3.0 2.3 2.8 3.2 3.8 3.2 3.8
Buses and coaches 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.1 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 1.0 0.9 0.9
Agricultural vehicles etc 2.9 2.9 3.3 3.5 3.1 3.0 3.2 3.0 2.6 2.8 2.8
Other vehicles 2.4 2.1 3.0 2.9 2.5 2.3 2.9 3.6 2.9 2.9 3.1
All vehicles 251.3 243.2 251.2 215.3 216.4 208.8 202.3 216.4 241.4 262.2 267.6
by method of propulsion
Petrol 142.2 137.4 143.3 117.3 123.9 107.8 98.4 110.0 118.8 125.3 125.3
Diesel 108.8 105.3 106.9 96.7 91.2 99.0 101.9 104.4 120.2 133.3 137.7
Hybrid Electric 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.7 0.8 1.3 1.1 1.1 1.4 2.0 3.1
Electricity 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9 1.0 1.6 1.4
Gas Bi-Fuel 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Gas Or Petrol/Gas 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Other 4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total 251.3 243.2 251.2 215.3 216.4 208.8 202.3 216.4 241.4 262.2 267.6

1. Estimates include only those vehicles with more than 8 seats.
2. Vehicles in the Special Concessionary Group (part of other vehicles in 2002 and earlier years) are part of Crown and Exempt from 2003 onwards
3. In 2004 DfT revised the figures for the light goods and goods body types back to 2001. DfT does not have the underlying data to revise earlier years' figures.
4. Gas Diesel and Steam.
Note: Table 13.9 in Chapter 13 shows vehicles first registered in 2015 by body type and method of propulsion.

 

Table 1.2 Vehicles licensed at 31 December, by taxation group, body type and method of propulsion
  2005 20063 20073 20083 20093 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  thousand
by type of vehicle (taxation group)
Private and light goods 2,231 2,259 2,313 2,347 2,362 2,364 2,369 2,395 2,436 2,496 2,537
Motorcycles 56 59 63 66 66 63 60 60 59 61 62
Public transport 1 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Goods 32 33 33 32 31 30 29 29 29 29 30
Crown and exempt 2 189 191 195 198 203 206 211 212 213 214 211
Other vehicles 2 11 11 11 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 11
All vehicles 2,531 2,564 2,627 2,665 2,684 2,685 2,691 2,717 2,759 2,821 2,863
by body type
Cars 2,139 2,157 2,201 2,233 2,249 2,255 2,264 2,285 2,319 2,369 2,394
Taxis 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4
Motorcycles 62 65 69 71 72 69 66 66 66 67 68
Three wheelers 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Light goods 209 221 234 240 242 240 238 241 247 256 269
Goods 32 38 38 38 37 36 36 35 36 36 37
Buses and coaches 18 18 18 17 17 16 16 16 15 15 15
Agricultural vehicles etc 42 42 43 44 45 45 47 48 48 49 50
Other vehicles 25 19 19 18 18 19 20 22 23 24 25
All vehicles 2,531 2,564 2,627 2,665 2,684 2,685 2,691 2,717 2,759 2,821 2,863
by method of propulsion
Petrol 1,771 1,748 1,747 1,735 1,701 1,656 1,619 1,592 1,567 1,552 1,522
Diesel 756 812 874 923 974 1,018 1,061 1,113 1,178 1,252 1,321
Hybrid Electric 0 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 11
Electricity 0 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 5 6
Gas Bi-Fuel 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
Gas or petrol/gas 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
Steam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Others 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2,531 2,564 2,627 2,665 2,684 2,685 2,691 2,717 2,759 2,821 2,863

1. Estimates include only those vehicles with more than 8 seats.
2. Vehicles in the Special Concessionary Group (part of other vehicles in 2002 and earlier years) are part of Crown and Exempt from 2003 onwards
3. DfT have revised stock figures from 2006 to 2009 - see http://assets.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/vehicle-licensing/notesvls.pdf

Note: Table 13.10 in Chapter 13 shows vehicles licensed in 2015 by body type and method of propulsion.

Figure 1.2 Vehicles licensed at 31 December 2015 by Council

Figure 1.2 Vehicles licensed at 31 December 2015 by Council

Figure 1.3 Private cars licensed at 31 December 2015 per thousand population aged 17+

Figure 1.3 Private cars licensed at 31 December 2015 per thousand population aged 17+

 

Table 1.3 Vehicles licensed at 31 December 2015 by Council and taxation group
  Private and light goods Motorcycles1 Public transport Goods2 Crown and Exempt3 Other vehicles All vehicles Population
aged 17+
(NRS
Population
estimates
Mid 2015)
Vehicles
registered
per 1,000
people aged
17+
Cars
registered
per 1,000
people aged
17+
Body type cars Other vehicles           Total of which body type cars of which company cars
thousand  
Aberdeen City 91.6 8.6 3.0 0.6 1.0 4.8 0.4 110.0 94.7 5.0 230,350 477 411
Aberdeenshire 139.7 20.4 5.0 0.6 2.2 17.3 1.3 186.5 144.4 5.8 261,960 712 551
Angus 55.6 7.0 1.9 0.1 0.9 6.4 0.3 72.2 58.1 2.7 116,900 618 497
Argyll & Bute 39.9 6.9 1.1 0.3 0.6 4.0 0.2 53.1 41.8 1.9 86,890 611 482
Clackmannanshire 23.4 2.2 0.7 0.1 0.2 1.9 0.0 28.5 24.9 1.1 51,360 555 485
Dumfries & Galloway 70.6 11.6 2.6 0.2 1.5 11.4 0.3 98.2 74.7 4.2 149,670 656 499
Dundee City 50.3 4.2 1.2 0.2 0.5 4.2 0.1 60.7 53.7 3.5 148,210 409 362
East Ayrshire 51.6 5.7 1.4 0.2 0.7 5.6 0.2 65.3 55.0 3.0 122,060 535 451
East Dunbartonshire 52.6 3.5 1.0 0.1 0.2 2.6 0.1 60.0 54.7 2.5 106,960 561 512
East Lothian 46.7 5.0 1.6 0.5 0.3 4.0 0.1 58.2 49.0 2.2 103,050 565 475
East Renfrewshire 44.4 2.5 0.8 0.1 0.2 2.1 0.1 50.3 46.1 1.7 92,940 541 497
Edinburgh, City of 163.5 12.5 4.3 1.0 0.6 10.1 0.2 192.2 170.2 8.2 498,810 385 341
Eilean Siar 4 12.3 3.1 0.4 0.2 0.2 1.5 0.1 17.8 12.9 0.5 27,070 658 475
Falkirk 71.9 6.7 2.0 0.1 1.2 5.3 0.3 87.5 76.0 3.8 158,460 552 479
Fife 163.9 16.0 4.9 1.0 1.2 13.8 0.5 201.2 173.3 8.0 368,080 547 471
Glasgow, City of 206.0 27.2 2.9 1.7 1.6 21.9 1.3 262.6 223.3 55.6 606,340 433 368
Highland 107.8 20.2 3.7 0.6 1.3 12.9 1.0 147.5 112.8 5.5 234,110 630 482
Inverclyde 31.2 1.9 0.6 0.5 0.1 2.5 0.0 36.9 33.4 1.6 79,500 464 420
Midlothian 38.1 4.6 1.4 0.1 0.4 3.2 0.1 47.9 40.5 2.1 87,390 548 463
Moray 44.0 6.5 1.8 0.1 0.7 4.8 0.3 58.3 45.9 2.1 95,510 610 481
North Ayrshire 57.0 5.7 1.7 0.2 0.7 5.2 0.2 70.6 60.8 4.6 136,130 518 446
North Lanarkshire 131.8 21.1 2.5 0.6 3.6 12.2 0.4 172.2 142.6 9.7 338,260 509 422
Orkney Islands 10.2 2.6 0.5 0.1 0.2 2.6 0.2 16.3 10.7 0.5 21,670 753 495
Perth & Kinross 71.4 9.6 2.1 0.2 0.8 7.7 0.9 92.8 74.2 3.8 149,930 619 495
Renfrewshire 71.8 6.5 1.7 0.2 1.3 5.5 0.2 87.1 76.2 4.6 174,560 499 437
Scottish Borders 56.3 8.5 1.6 0.2 1.5 7.1 0.3 75.4 58.6 3.1 114,030 661 514
Shetland Islands 11.3 3.1 0.5 0.2 0.3 1.3 0.2 16.8 11.7 0.9 23,200 726 504
South Ayrshire 51.4 5.0 1.5 0.5 0.3 4.6 0.2 63.4 54.1 2.7 112,400 564 481
South Lanarkshire 135.7 13.4 2.9 0.6 2.2 11.9 0.5 167.2 144.8 8.4 316,230 529 458
Stirling 52.2 6.9 1.0 0.1 0.7 3.4 0.1 64.3 54.2 12.4 92,830 693 584
West Dunbartonshire 34.0 3.1 0.8 0.2 0.2 3.0 0.1 41.3 36.6 2.1 89,590 461 409
West Lothian 78.7 8.7 2.3 0.4 2.3 6.3 0.5 99.2 83.5 4.8 178,550 556 468
Council Unknown 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 1.2 0.7 0.2      
Scotland 2,267.1 270.2 61.6 11.9 29.7 211.4 10.7 2,862.8 2,394.2 178.7 5,373,000 533 446

1. Includes all two wheeled motor vehicles
2. Excludes heavy goods vehicles that are exempt from tax.
3. Vehicles in the Special Concessionary Group are now part of Crown and Exempt taxation group.
4. Formerly Western Isles

 

 

Table 1.4 Taxi, private hire cars and drivers licensed by local authority area, 2016
  Taxi
vehicles
Private
hire cars
Total Taxi driver
licenses
Private
hire
licences
Total Wheelchair
accessible
taxis
Wheelchair
accessible
private hire
cars
Council
Aberdeen City 989 290 1,279 1,522 237 1,759 518  
Aberdeenshire 504 302 806 1,770 138 1,908 55 18
Angus 121 57 178 215 97 312 6 8
Argyll & Bute 191 52 243 375 62 437 6  
Clackmannanshire 57 52 109 157 9 166 5 3
Dumfries & Galloway 207 135 342 505 29 534 6 2
Dundee City 585 218 803 1,381 48 1,429 330  
East Ayrshire 126 86 212 427 24 451 21 6
East Dunbartonshire 369 303 672 754 40 794 24  
East Lothian 1 126 126 252 398   398 126  
East Renfrewshire 63 476 539 78 540 618 4 2
Edinburgh, City of 1,316 1,471 2,787 3,226 2,114 5,340 1,316  
Eilean Siar 90 20 110 151 15 166 2  
Falkirk 430 129 559 520 138 658 84 11
Fife 1 477 329 806 1,829   1,829 39 62
Glasgow, City of 1,419 3,153 4,572 2,697 4,332 7,029 1,419 16
Highland 547 171 718 787 260 1,047 18 13
Inverclyde 243 56 299 668   668 23 1
Midlothian 52 128 180 99 337 436    
Moray 203 23 226 397 5 402 8 4
North Ayrshire 216 57 273 565 2 567 33  
North Lanarkshire 494 1,255 1,749 1,244 1,301 2,545 168 3
Orkney Islands 30 17 47 98 7 105 2 1
Perth & Kinross 1 109 202 311 628   628 9 14
Renfrewshire 235 805 1,040 441 931 1,372 230 13
Scottish Borders 232 70 302 357 31 388 18 15
Shetland Islands 92 57 149 313 53 366    
South Ayrshire 132 158 390 584 78 662 132  
South Lanarkshire 344 1,362 1,706 669 1,734 2,403 30 24
Stirling 73 128 201 363 18 381 22 12
West Dunbartonshire 1 336 56 392 459 56 515 172 2
West Lothian 128 378 506 231 639 870 128 37
Scotland 10,536 12,122 22,758 23,908 13,275 37,183 4,954 267

Source: Scottish Government - Not National Statistics
1. Separate figures for taxi and private hire licences are not available.

 

 

Table 1.5 Vehicles licensed at 31 December 2015, by taxation group, and by year of first registration
Taxation group Pre-2001 2001-2005 2006-2010 2011-2015 Total Total
stock
Average
age of
vehicles
  percentage of total thousands years
Private and light goods 3.4 20.0 33.5 43.0 100.0 2,537 6.6
of which body type cars 3.2 20.0 33.6 43.2 100.0 2,267 6.5
Motorcycles1 22.5 20.5 23.9 33.0 100.0 62 9.8
Public transport 11.1 25.8 29.8 33.3 100.0 12 8.3
Goods 4.9 15.5 31.7 47.9 100.0 30 6.3
Crown and exempt 21.0 11.9 16.6 50.5 100.0 211 11.9
Other vehicles 13.8 14.4 24.2 47.6 100.0 11 7.5
All vehicles 5.2 19.4 32.0 43.4 100.0 2,863 7.0
of which body type cars 3.6 19.6 32.5 44.3 100.0 2,394 6.6

1. Includes all two wheeled motor vehicles.

 

 

Table 1.6 Average age of vehicles licensed at 31 December, by taxation group1
Type of vehicle 2005 20065 20075 20085 20095 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
(a) Scotland years
Private and light goods 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.8 6.0 6.1 6.3 6.5 6.5 6.6 6.6
Motorcycles 2 6.8 6.9 7.1 7.3 7.8 8.2 8.6 9.0 9.4 9.6 9.8
Public transport 3 8.0 7.9 7.9 7.8 8.0 8.1 8.4 8.4 8.3 8.3 8.3
Goods 5.6 5.4 5.5 5.5 5.8 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.2 6.3 6.3
Crown and exempt 4 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.3 10.4 10.6 10.7 10.9 11.3 11.5 11.9
Other vehicles 4 6.9 6.9 6.8 7.2 7.5 7.7 7.8 7.8 7.9 7.8 7.5
All vehicles 6.0 6.1 6.1 6.2 6.4 6.5 6.7 6.9 7.0 7.0 7.0
(b) Great Britain
Private and light goods 6.4 6.4 6.5 6.7 6.9 7.1 7.3 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8
Motorcycles 2 6.5 6.7 6.9 7.2 7.7 8.1 8.5 8.9 9.2 9.5 9.6
Public transport 3 7.9 7.9 7.9 7.9 8.0 8.2 8.4 8.4 8.4 8.5 8.5
Goods 5.6 5.6 5.8 5.7 6.0 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.3 6.4 6.4
Crown and exempt 4 14.6 14.6 14.4 14.3 14.4 14.2 14.5 14.7 15.2 15.6 16.0
Other vehicles 4 8.7 8.6 8.5 8.5 9.0 9.2 9.3 9.3 9.3 9.1 8.8
All vehicles 6.9 6.9 7.0 7.2 7.4 7.6 7.8 8.0 8.2 8.3 8.3

1. Details of the DfT estimation methodology can be found in the Notes & Definitions.
2. Includes all two wheeled motor vehicles.
3. Estimates include only those vehicles with more than 8 seats.
4. Vehicles in the Special Concessionary Group (part of other vehicles in 2002 and earlier years) are part of Crown and Exempt from 2003 onwards.
5. DfT have revised stock figures from 2006 to 2009 - see http://assets.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/vehicle-licensing/notesvls.pdf

 

 

Table 1.7 Private and light goods vehicles licensed at 31 December, by cylinder size
Cylinder size 2005 20061 20071 20081 20091 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  percentage of year total
up to 700 cc 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
701 to 1,000 cc 4.3 4.1 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 4.0 4.5 5.2 5.9
1,001 to 1,200 cc 8.4 7.8 7.4 7.0 6.6 6.5 6.5 6.4 6.4 6.5 6.5
1,201 to 1,500 cc 24.2 24.1 24.1 24.4 24.7 25.3 25.7 26.0 26.2 26.2 26.3
1,501 to 1,800 cc 26.3 25.8 25.4 25.2 24.8 24.6 24.7 24.7 24.8 24.6 24.3
1,801 to 2,000 cc 22.2 22.6 22.8 23.0 23.2 22.9 22.5 22.0 21.4 20.9 20.4
2,001 to 2,500 cc 9.7 10.1 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.8 10.8 10.9 11.0 11.0 11.2
2,501 to 3,000 cc 3.1 3.4 3.7 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.9 3.9
3,000 cc and over 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6
cc not known 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100.0 100
  thousand
Total 2,231 2,259 2,313 2,347 2,362 2,364 2,369 2,395 2,436 2495.6 2537.3

1. In 2010 DfT revised stock figures from 2006 to 2009 - see http://assets.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/vehicle-licensing/notesvls.pdf

 

 

Table 1.8 Heavy goods vehicles licensed at 31 December, by gross weight
Gross weight (tonnes) 2005 20062 20072 20082 20092 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  percentage of year total
3.5 to 7.5 30.5 30.0 29.7 29.6 29.1 29.2 28.8 28.3 26.9 26.2 25.2
7.51 to 12 3.1 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.7 2.7 2.8
12.1 to 16 4.2 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.1 4.0 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.6
16.1 to 20 14.3 14.4 14.2 14.1 14.1 14.4 14.2 14.1 14.1 13.8 13.4
20.1 to 24 4.0 3.9 3.7 3.7 3.4 3.2 2.7 2.4 2.1 2.0 2.0
24.1 to 28 12.0 12.6 12.6 12.6 13.0 13.3 13.8 14.1 14.6 14.4 14.4
28.1 to 32 7.1 7.8 8.5 9.0 9.0 8.9 9.1 9.0 9.2 9.8 10.1
32.1 to 38 4.0 3.3 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.4 1.9 2.2 2.0 1.9 1.8
over 38 20.8 21.5 21.7 21.7 22.3 22.2 23.3 23.8 24.8 25.6 26.7
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100.0 100.0
  thousand
Total 1 33.0 33.0 32.7 32.2 31.2 30.4 29.4 28.9 28.9 29.4 29.7

1. Mainly heavy goods vehicles but includes vehicles which are licensed as HGVs but do not have a goods body type.
2. In 2010 DfT revised stock figures from 2006 to 2009 - see http://assets.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/vehicle-licensing/notesvls.pdf

 

 

Table 1.9 Public transport vehicles licensed at 31 December: by seating capacity
Number of seats 2005 20061 20071 20081 20091 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
9-15 1,554 1,646 1,751 1,825 1,766 1,795 1,753 1,721 1,701 1,666 1,636
16-32 3,928 3,921 3,937 3,871 3,920 3,912 3,795 3,836 3,916 3,995 4,013
33-40 1,249 1,238 1,301 1,266 1,186 1,117 1,082 1,003 948 1,008 975
41-48 1,108 1,290 1,322 1,370 1,383 1,379 1,415 1,458 1,507 1,528 1,529
49-56 2,031 1,957 1,937 1,859 1,757 1,667 1,580 1,449 1,384 1,388 1,380
57-64 201 209 207 217 270 274 319 397 413 443 463
65-72 482 521 546 523 525 583 539 553 513 510 513
73 and over 1,448 1,317 1,406 1,418 1,411 1,384 1,446 1,417 1,374 1,375 1,423
Total 12,001 12,099 12,407 12,349 12,218 12,111 11,929 11,834 11,756 11,913 11,932

1. In 2010 DfT revised stock figures from 2006 to 2009 - see http://assets.dft.gov.uk/statistics/series/vehicle-licensing/notesvls.pdf

 

 

Table 1.10 Heavy goods and public service vehicle operators in Scotland by licence type and number vehicles 1
Number of vehicles specified on licence HGV PSV
Restricted Standard
National
Standard
International
Total
licence
holders
Restricted Standard
National
Standard
International
Total
licence
holders
0-2 1,886 918 150 2,954 328 95 25 448
3-5 640 713 147 1,500 - 123 16 139
6-10 276 442 94 812 - 102 39 141
11-20 97 261 50 408 - 68 28 96
21-50 46 179 52 277 - 20 25 45
51-100 15 53 13 81 - 4 7 11
101-200 7 22 10 39 - 3 1 4
200+ 1 10 5 16 - 5 6 11
Total 2,968 2,598 521 6,087 328 420 147 895

1. As at December 2016
Source: Figures in previous versions of this table were obtained from VOSA. These figures are are on a differenct basis and have been obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency https://data.gov.uk/dataset/traffic-commissioners-goods-and-public-service-vehicle-operator-licence-records

 

Table 1.11 The 20 most popular new cars sold in Scotland 1, 2015
Position Make Range Number of
cars sold
Market share
percent
1 VAUXHALL CORSA 11,955 5.4
2 FORD FIESTA 9,956 4.5
3 FORD FOCUS 6,032 2.7
4 VOLKSWAGEN POLO 5,825 2.6
5 VAUXHALL MOKKA 5,193 2.4
6 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 4,766 2.2
7 RENAULT CLIO 4,600 2.1
8 VAUXHALL ASTRA 4,387 2.0
9 FIAT 500 4,263 1.9
10 DACIA SANDERO 4,033 1.8
11 RENAULT CAPTUR 3,831 1.7
12 MINI MINI 3,758 1.7
13 AUDI A3 3,635 1.6
14 NISSAN QASHQAI 3,426 1.6
15 PEUGEOT 208 3,046 1.4
16 BMW 3 SERIES 2,616 1.2
17 VAUXHALL INSIGNIA 2,516 1.1
18 FORD KUGA 2,472 1.1
19 AUDI A1 2,472 1.1
20 TOYOTA YARIS 2,450 1.1
Total top 20 cars 91,232 41.4
Total all other cars 129,322 58.6
Total cars sold 220,554 100.0

Source: SMMT - Not National Statistics
1. Figures relate to cars sold by members of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd to customers resident in Scotland. Figures differ from the numbers of new registrations of cars in Table 1.1, as the latter may include cars purchased elsewhere.

 

 

Table 1.12 Road vehicle testing scheme (MOT) 1
  2012 2013 2014 2015 8
Cars 2 thousands
Total Tests 2,042.8 2,074.8 2,074.8 2,096.9
Pass with Rectification at Station 141.7 134.8 131.3 121.1
Fail 745.0 770.9 741.0 724.2
Initial Failure Rate 4 43.4% 43.7% 42.0% 40.3%
Final Failure Rate 5 36.5% 37.2% 35.7% 34.5%
Percentage of vehicles with one or more fail or PRS 3 type RfRs6 in defect category percent
Body and structure 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Brakes 16.0 16.3 15.3 15.5
Drivers view of the road 7.5 7.6 7.0 7.3
Driving controls 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Fuel and exhaust 6.0 5.9 5.6 5.5
Lighting and signalling 19.1 19.2 18.5 18.0
Motor tricycles and quadricycles 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Reg plates and vin 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8
Road wheels 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4
Seat belts 1.4 2.5 2.1 1.9
Steering 5.1 4.6 4.2 4.0
Suspension 17.0 17.6 17.0 18.0
Towbars 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0
Tyres 8.0 8.0 7.7 7.8
Items not tested 0.9 0.8 0.6 0.3
Defect Items per Initial Test Failure 3.40 3.46 3.39 3.32
Motor cycles thousands
Total Tests 54.7 59.4 58.8 59.2
Pass with Rectification at Station 3.6 3.5 3.3 3.0
Fail 6.3 6.5 6.1 5.8
Initial Failure Rate 4 18.1% 17.0% 16.1% 14.9%
Final Failure Rate 5 11.6% 11.0% 10.5% 9.8%
Percentage of vehicles with one or more fail or PRS 3 type RfRs6 in defect category percent
Body and structure 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6
Brakes 4.3 4.0 3.9 3.7
Drive system 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.2
Driving controls 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
Fuel and exhaust 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8
Lighting and signalling 9.8 8.9 8.3 8.2
Registration plates and vin 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9
Sidecar 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Steering and suspension 4.0 3.6 3.4 3.3
Tyres and wheels 3.1 3.0 2.8 2.9
Items not tested 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0
Defect Items per Initial Test Failure 2.03 2.01 2.01 1.95
Private Passenger (over 12 seats) thousands
Total Tests 4.2 4.3 4.3 4.2
Pass with Rectification at Station 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Fail 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.1
Initial Failure Rate 4 33.3% 34.6% 32.6% 31.6%
Final Failure Rate 5 28.6% 29.5% 27.7% 26.1%
Percentage of vehicles with one or more fail or PRS 3 type RfRs6 in defect category percent
Body and structure 5.0 8.8 8.2 6.7
Brakes 16.7 17.3 15.9 15.3
Drivers view of the road 5.1 5.1 5.3 4.8
Driving controls 1.0 1.2 1.0 0.7
Fuel and exhaust 4.1 3.7 3.8 3.6
Lighting and signalling 16.4 17.6 16.5 16.6
Reg plates and vin 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5
Road wheels 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
Seat belts 5.3 5.3 4.8 4.3
Steering 5.6 5.3 4.8 4.0
Suspension 8.5 8.6 8.0 8.6
Tyres Towbars 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Items not tested Tyres 3.5 3.6 3.0 3.4
Items not tested 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.0
Defect Items per Initial Test Failure 4.09 4.26 4.07 3.85
Light goods vehicles 7 thousands
Total Tests 44.4 45.2 46.1 48.1
Pass with Rectification at Station 2.7 2.7 2.9 3.0
Fail 20.7 21.7 21.3 21.4
Initial Failure Rate 4 52.7% 54.0% 52.5% 50.7%
Final Failure Rate 5 46.7% 48.0% 46.1% 44.5%
Percentage of vehicles with one or more fail or PRS 3 type RfRs6 in defect category percent
Body and structure 5.5 5.8 5.8 5.8
Brakes 30.3 31.2 28.8 29.3
Drivers view of the road 11.6 11.9 11.1 11.8
Fuel and exhaust 5.7 5.9 5.7 5.5
Lighting and signalling 32.1 33.9 32.4 32.8
Reg plates and vin 1.6 1.7 1.5 1.5
Road wheels 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3
Seat belts 3.4 4.6 4.1 4.1
Steering 10.3 10.4 9.5 8.9
Suspension 20.4 21.4 20.9 22.0
Tyres Towbars 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3
Items not tested Tyres 7.4 7.4 7.2 7.0
Items not tested 1.2 1.2 0.8 0.2
Defect Items per Initial Test Failure 5.11 5.31 5.14 5.04

1. Vehicle numbers are for valid, and completed normal tests only. Retests are excluded.
2. Cars, vans and passenger vehicles with up to 12 seats.
3. PRS = Pass with Rectification at Station
4. Initial Failure Rate = (PRS + Failures) / Total Tests
5. Final Failure Rate = Failures / Total Tests
6. Reason for Rejection
7. Over 3,000kg and up to and including 3,500kg.
8. Figures for 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016 have been sourced from the revised MOT system. This results in fractionally different outturn.
All previous figures are sourced from original MOT Computerisation system.

 

 

Table 1.13 Driving licence tests, DVLA receipts1
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Theory 4 thousand
Applications received .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Theory tests conducted 99 108 100 105 99 103 99 122 129 190
Theory test passes 70 73 68 69 65 66 61 67 69 94
  percent
Theory test pass rate 71 68 67 66 66 64 62 54 54 49
Practical 2,4 thousand
Applications received 139 137 137 132 132 130 119 126 127 136
Driving tests concluded 139 136 130 120 126 125 113 124 123 123
Passes 62 62 61 56 58 59 54 58 59 60
  percent
Pass rate 45 46 47 46 47 47 47 47 48 48
DVLA receipts £ million
Vehicle licences 3 402.7 432.0 446.0 449.7 463.0 479.0 473.0 479.6 512.5 512.7
Driving licences .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Total .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

Source: DVLA and DSA - Not National Statistics
1. Figures relate to the financial year which commences in the specified calendar year.
2. The practical test figures are provisional.
3. The vehicle licence figure does not include refunds issued.
4. These figures are for car licence tests only.

 

 

Table 1.14 Practical Driving Test - Pass Rate at Test Centres 2015-16
  Male Female Overall
Conducted Pass Pass rate Conducted Pass Pass rate Conducted Pass Pass rate
Aberdeen North (Bridge of Don) (M) 1,450 807 55.7% 1,909 883 46.3% 3,359 1,690 50.3%
Aberdeen South (Cove) (M) 2,018 1,071 53.1% 2,176 1,028 47.2% 4,194 2,099 50.0%
Aberfeldy (R) 43 24 55.8% 58 29 50.0% 101 53 52.5%
Airdrie (M) 1,937 930 48.0% 2,089 886 42.4% 4,026 1,816 45.1%
Alness (R) 419 270 64.4% 421 244 58.0% 840 514 61.2%
Arbroath (R) 357 214 59.9% 404 233 57.7% 761 447 58.7%
Ayr (M) 1,241 528 42.5% 1,339 513 38.3% 2,580 1,041 40.3%
Ballachulish (R) .. .. 71.4% .. .. 66.7% 13 9 69.2%
Ballater (R) 86 65 75.6% 138 90 65.2% 224 155 69.2%
Banff (R) 143 84 58.7% 162 88 54.3% 305 172 56.4%
Barra (R) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Benbecula Island (R) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Bishopbriggs (M) 2,500 1,259 50.4% 2,906 1,268 43.6% 5,406 2,527 46.7%
Brodick (Isle of Arran) (R) 38 20 52.6% 50 22 44.0% 88 42 47.7%
Buckie (R) 168 96 57.1% 153 74 48.4% 321 170 53.0%
Callander (O) 165 91 55.2% 219 101 46.1% 384 192 50.0%
Campbeltown (R) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Castle Douglas (R) 207 121 58.5% 251 126 50.2% 458 247 53.9%
Crieff (R) 100 62 62.0% 118 62 52.5% 218 124 56.9%
Cumnock (T) 469 254 54.2% 649 297 45.8% 1,118 551 49.3%
Dumbarton (M) 834 399 47.8% 984 399 40.5% 1,818 798 43.9%
Dumfries (M) 883 474 53.7% 874 405 46.3% 1,757 879 50.0%
Dundee (M) 2,015 1,143 56.7% 2,374 1,216 51.2% 4,389 2,359 53.7%
Dunfermline (M) 1,472 696 47.3% 1,707 701 41.1% 3,179 1,397 43.9%
Dunoon (R) 77 52 67.5% 102 60 58.8% 179 112 62.6%
Duns (R ) 54 34 63.0% 66 36 54.5% 120 70 58.3%
East Kilbride (T) 358 168 46.9% 570 225 39.5% 928 393 42.3%
Edinburgh (Currie) (M) 3,255 1,631 50.1% 3,327 1,550 46.6% 6,582 3,181 48.3%
Edinburgh (Musselburgh) (M) 3,330 1,663 49.9% 3,920 1,734 44.2% 7,250 3,397 46.9%
Elgin (M) 811 476 58.7% 850 434 51.1% 1,661 910 54.8%
Forfar (R) 327 198 60.6% 314 188 59.9% 641 386 60.2%
Fort William (R) 182 126 69.2% 228 150 65.8% 410 276 67.3%
Fraserburgh (O) 230 139 60.4% 280 146 52.1% 510 285 55.9%
Gairloch (R) 29 25 86.2% 22 14 63.6% 51 39 76.5%
Galashiels (M) 394 230 58.4% 381 204 53.5% 775 434 56.0%
Girvan (T) 83 51 61.4% 153 82 53.6% 236 133 56.4%
Glasgow (Anniesland) (M) 3,808 1,731 45.5% 4,175 1,719 41.2% 7,983 3,450 43.2%
Glasgow (Baillieston) (M) 3,207 1,524 47.5% 3,939 1,548 39.3% 7,146 3,072 43.0%
Glasgow (Shieldhall) (M) 3,023 1,209 40.0% 2,947 1,054 35.8% 5,970 2,263 37.9%
Golspie (R) 37 26 70.3% 28 19 67.9% 65 45 69.2%
Grangemouth (M) 1,717 926 53.9% 2,008 947 47.2% 3,725 1,873 50.3%
Grantown-On-Spey (R) 76 47 61.8% 43 31 72.1% 119 78 65.5%
Greenock (M) 1,124 597 53.1% 1,240 586 47.3% 2,364 1,183 50.0%
Haddington (R ) 507 306 60.4% 646 345 53.4% 1,153 651 56.5%
Hamilton (M) 2,090 1,105 52.9% 2,511 1,140 45.4% 4,601 2,245 48.8%
Hawick (R) 145 88 60.7% 241 134 55.6% 386 222 57.5%
Huntly (R) 159 95 59.7% 187 96 51.3% 346 191 55.2%
Inveraray (R) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Inverness (Cradlehall Business Park) (M) 1,108 575 51.9% 1,212 580 47.9% 2,320 1,155 49.8%
Inverness LGV .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Inverurie (R ) 279 185 66.3% 419 244 58.2% 698 429 61.5%
Irvine (M) 1,841 1,044 56.7% 2,442 1,068 43.7% 4,283 2,112 49.3%
Islay Island (R ) 26 19 73.1% 36 20 55.6% 62 39 62.9%
Isle of Mull (R ) 9 8 88.9% 8 7 87.5% 17 15 88.2%
Isle of Skye (Broadford) (R) 31 16 51.6% 29 17 58.6% 60 33 55.0%
Isle of Skye (Portree) (R) 57 45 78.9% 58 44 75.9% 115 89 77.4%
Kelso (R) 120 74 61.7% 151 87 57.6% 271 161 59.4%
Kingussie (R) 37 21 56.8% 45 22 48.9% 82 43 52.4%
Kirkcaldy (M) 1,886 1,021 54.1% 2,279 1,054 46.2% 4,165 2,075 49.8%
Kyle of Lochalsh (R) 31 22 71.0% 19 14 73.7% 50 36 72.0%
Lairg (R) 28 24 85.7% 28 19 67.9% 56 43 76.8%
Lanark (R ) 819 509 62.1% 1,026 524 51.1% 1,845 1,033 56.0%
Lerwick (R) 218 153 70.2% 254 163 64.2% 472 316 66.9%
Livingston (M) 1,883 983 52.2% 2,266 1,073 47.4% 4,149 2,056 49.6%
Lochgilphead (R) .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Mallaig (R) 11 6 54.5% 14 9 64.3% 25 15 60.0%
Montrose (R) 273 156 57.1% 364 181 49.7% 637 337 52.9%
Newton Stewart (R) 117 59 50.4% 87 36 41.4% 204 95 46.6%
Oban (R) 167 103 61.7% 184 98 53.3% 351 201 57.3%
Orkney (R) 170 124 72.9% 191 146 76.4% 361 270 74.8%
Paisley (M) 2,845 1,348 47.4% 3,177 1,302 41.0% 6,022 2,650 44.0%
Peebles (R) 138 76 55.1% 133 75 56.4% 271 151 55.7%
Perth (M) 1,063 550 51.7% 1,059 481 45.4% 2,122 1,031 48.6%
Peterhead (M) 413 288 69.7% 463 258 55.7% 876 546 62.3%
Pitlochry (R) 48 31 64.6% 52 26 50.0% 100 57 57.0%
Rothesay (R) 52 35 67.3% 54 37 68.5% 106 72 67.9%
Stirling (M) 1,634 829 50.7% 1,742 765 43.9% 3,376 1,594 47.2%
Stornoway (R) 126 71 56.3% 156 83 53.2% 282 154 54.6%
Stranraer (R) 129 86 66.7% 195 108 55.4% 324 194 59.9%
Thurso (R) 147 92 62.6% 129 89 69.0% 276 181 65.6%
Ullapool (R) 28 15 53.6% 26 10 38.5% 54 25 46.3%
Wick (M) 83 53 63.9% 107 70 65.4% 190 123 64.7%
Scotland 57,590 29,817 51.8% 65,757 29,942 45.5% 123,347 59,759 48.4%

Source: Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency - Not National Statistics
(M) - Main Test Centre
(O) - Outstation
(R) - Remote Driving Test Centre
(T) - Taking Testing to the Customer site
Note: Centres where only one examiner has conducted tests have been removed from the details, though they have been included in the national totals.

Table 1.15 People who hold a full car driving licence 1 by age

Note: This table has been removed as data are no longer available for Scotland. Latest Scottish estimates are given in table 1.16 although this is based on a different source.

 

 

Table 1.16 People who hold a full driving licence 2015
  Age group All 17 + Sample size
17-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70-79 80+
  percentage of the relevant sub-group 1 number
All people: 26 54 72 82 78 76 62 43 68 9,340
by sex:
Men 28 55 73 85 84 83 76 67 73 4,210
Women 23 53 71 79 72 68 52 27 63 5,130
by annual net household income:
up to £ 10,000 p.a. ** 31 32 50 55 68 56 34 45 1,110
over £ 10,000, up to £ 15,000 ** 37 45 46 53 66 51 37 49 1,670
over £ 15,000, up to £ 20,000 ** 48 63 64 70 65 61 45 58 1,450
over £ 20,000, up to £ 25,000 ** 49 62 85 71 73 71 59 68 1,100
over £ 25,000, up to £ 30,000 ** 63 77 82 79 76 76 * 71 860
over £ 30,000, up to £ 40,000 ** 68 83 87 86 92 76 * 80 1,250
over £40,000 ** 81 87 97 93 94 93 * 89 1,600
by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation:
1 - Most Deprived ** 44 52 54 48 47 41 22 46 1,720
2 ** 48 70 75 70 64 47 31 59 1,900
3 ** 57 73 85 85 76 61 40 71 2,040
4 ** 61 87 92 90 89 76 49 81 2,060
5 - Least Deprived ** 68 81 97 90 94 78 66 82 1,620
by urban / rural classification:
Large urban areas 18 52 65 78 71 68 47 40 61 2,740
Other urban areas 25 53 75 78 74 73 62 38 66 3,200
Accessible small towns ** 68 71 88 84 83 64 48 76 850
Remote small towns ** 56 66 65 78 75 67 43 64 580
Accessible rural areas ** 67 85 97 89 89 84 56 84 1,000
Remote rural areas ** 53 85 89 94 88 75 59 81 970
Sample size (age group) 190 1,070 1,310 1,470 1,680 1,700 1,220 700 9,340  

Source: Scottish Household Survey. The interviewer asks whether the person holds a full driving licence (car or motorcycle).
1. The denominator includes people for whom it was not known, or not recorded, what type of driving licence (if any) was held.
** Estimates based on smaller sample sizes may be subject to larger levels of variation and therefore may see relatively large fluctuations over time.

 

 

Table 1.17 People who hold a full driving licence, 2005-2015
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
All people percent of population 1
Age group
17-19 21 30 28 32 25 27 26 28 26 29 26
20-29 60 59 58 56 58 58 54 58 56 56 54
30-39 79 76 78 78 77 76 77 75 74 73 72
40-49 79 79 80 83 80 81 80 80 80 82 82
50-59 75 76 76 78 78 78 78 79 80 79 78
60-69 65 68 69 70 75 72 74 73 74 74 76
70-79 49 51 55 53 55 54 57 59 60 61 62
80+ 27 29 35 31 37 37 35 37 41 40 43
All aged 17+ 66 66 67 68 68 68 67 68 68 69 68
Sample size 13,970 14,075 12,152 12,267 12,447 12,361 12,801 9,828 9,838 9,720 9,340
Men
Age group
17-19 25 32 27 32 28 28 33 35 24 32 28
20-29 62 61 61 62 61 64 58 59 60 59 55
30-39 84 81 82 81 81 80 81 78 78 77 73
40-49 86 85 86 87 86 86 84 86 84 85 85
50-59 85 85 87 84 85 85 87 85 88 85 84
60-69 83 84 83 84 86 84 86 83 86 85 83
70-79 72 73 76 77 78 74 79 79 76 80 76
80+ 47 56 61 55 60 59 60 63 64 66 67
All aged 17+ 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 76 73
Sample size 5,920 6,056 5,211 5,289 5,400 5,450 5,515 4,377 4,405 4,410 4,210
Women
Age group
17-19 16 28 29 33 21 25 17 19 29 27 23
20-29 57 56 54 50 56 51 51 57 52 54 53
30-39 73 72 75 76 73 73 73 71 71 69 71
40-49 73 74 75 78 74 76 77 74 76 80 79
50-59 64 68 66 73 71 72 70 75 72 73 72
60-69 51 55 57 57 64 62 63 65 64 65 68
70-79 32 33 40 37 38 40 43 43 48 46 52
80+ 16 14 21 16 22 21 19 22 26 23 27
All aged 17+ 56 58 59 60 61 60 60 62 61 62 63
Sample size 8,050 8,019 6,941 6,978 7,047 6,911 7,286 5,451 5,433 5,320 5,130

Source: Scottish Household Survey. The interviewer asks whether the person holds a full driving licence (car or motorcycle).
1. The denominator includes people for whom it was not known, or not recorded, what type of driving licence (if any) was held.
Note: For some age groups the sample sizes are relatively small and so estimates can be subject to greater fluctuations over time.

Table 1.18 Households with the regular use of a car

Note: This table has been removed as data are no longer available for Scotland.

Latest Scottish estimates are given in table 1.19 although this is based on a different source.

 

 

Table 1.19 Households with a car available for private use1, 2005-20152
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Cars available for private use: percent of households
None 31.7 32.0 30.3 30.2 30.7 30.3 30.1 31.0 | 30.2 30.8 30.0
1 44.5 43.6 44.3 43.9 43.7 44.0 44.5 43.0 | 44.0 43.3 43.3
2 20.5 20.5 21.4 21.8 21.5 21.6 21.0 21.3 | 21.3 21.1 21.7
3+ 3.3 3.8 4.0 4.0 4.2 4.1 4.4 4.6 | 4.6 4.7 5.1
1+ 68.3 68.0 69.7 69.8 69.3 69.7 69.9 69.0 | 69.8 69.2 70.1
2+ 23.8 24.4 25.3 25.8 25.6 25.7 25.4 26.0 | 25.8 25.9 26.8
Sample size 15,392 15,616 13,414 13,821 14,190 14,214 14,358 10,644 10,652 10,630 10,330

1. Source : Scottish Household Survey. Vans are not counted in this table.
2. From 2012 Q4 the question was changed to ask about access to cars / vans instead of just cars.

 

 

Table 1.20 Households with a car or van available for private use 1, 2015
  Number of cars or vans available for private use Sample size (=100%)
None 1 2 3 + 1+ 2 +
  percent of households
All households: 30.0 43.3 21.7 5.1 70.1 26.8 10,330
by household type:
Single adult 49.7 45.6 3.6 1.2 50.4 4.8 1,820
Small adult 20.4 40.4 35.1 4.1 79.6 39.2 1,650
Single parent 49.1 46.9 3.3 0.7 50.9 4.0 560
Small family 11.3 42.8 42.8 3.2 88.8 46.0 1,300
Large family 9.7 37.2 39.5 13.6 90.3 53.1 590
Large adult 13.1 24.8 34.7 27.4 86.9 62.1 890
Older smaller 14.8 58.6 24.1 2.4 85.1 26.5 1,760
Single pensioner 57.3 40.9 1.6 0.2 42.7 1.8 1,760
by annual net household income:
up to £10,000 p.a. 59.9 32.3 5.8 2.0 40.1 7.8 1,190
over £ 10,000, up to £ 15,000 53.2 39.9 6.1 0.8 46.8 6.9 1,770
over £ 15,000, up to £ 20,000 39.9 49.3 8.4 2.5 60.2 10.9 1,560
over £ 20,000, up to £ 25,000 26.1 55.0 16.0 2.8 73.8 18.8 1,210
over £ 25,000, up to £ 30,000 14.6 55.0 24.8 5.5 85.3 30.3 960
over £ 30,000, up to £ 40,000 7.9 47.1 37.0 7.9 92.0 44.9 1,430
over £40,000 3.0 33.1 51.2 12.7 97.0 63.9 1,870
by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation:
1 - Most Deprived 51.7 37.6 9.5 1.2 48.3 10.7 1,910
2 37.7 43.5 15.8 2.9 62.2 18.7 2,070
3 27.9 44.4 22.3 5.4 72.1 27.7 2,280
4 16.3 46.7 29.2 7.8 83.7 37.0 2,240
5 - Least Deprived 14.5 44.2 32.8 8.5 85.5 41.3 1,830
by urban / rural classification:
Large urban areas 40.1 40.9 16.2 2.8 59.9 19.0 3,090
Other urban areas 29.6 45.7 20.3 4.4 70.4 24.7 3,490
Accessible small towns 21.9 43.3 26.7 8.1 78.1 34.8 960
Remote small towns 29.6 47.2 18.0 5.2 70.4 23.2 620
Accessible rural areas 11.7 40.8 37.0 10.5 88.3 47.5 1,120
Remote rural areas 16.8 45.3 29.9 8.0 83.2 37.9 1,040

1. Source : Scottish Household Survey.

 

 

Table 1.21 Number of blue badges1 on issue, time series and 2016 breakdown
  Time series2 (Totals) Badges on issue as at 31st March 2016:
as at 31st March Organisations Individuals - Automatic3 Individuals - Discretionary4
Council 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Aberdeen City 8,313 8,044 8,032 7,887 5,183 6,552 6,643 80 2,966 3,597
Aberdeenshire5 15,601 16,288 13,358 12,166 8,155 10,685 10,210 144 4,201 5,865
Angus 5,991 5,969 5,581 4,892 5,451 4,982 4,845 96 2,308 2,441
Argyll & Bute 4,828 4,438 4,314 3,867 3,433 3,934 4,114 98 1,729 2,287
Clackmannanshire 2,439 2,511 2,518 2,377 2,572 2,128 2,161 19 1,133 1,009
Dumfries & Galloway 3,606 2,922 3,369 3,212 3,096 9,236 9,338 88 3,872 5,378
Dundee City 6,086 6,199 6,766 5,776 5,252 5,292 5,452 93 2,848 2,511
East Ayrshire 6,976 6,819 6,787 6,098 5,735 6,595 6,427 54 3,251 3,122
East Dunbartonshire 5,421 4,738 5,175 2,905 4,847 4,473 4,661 67 1,888 2,706
East Lothian 5,059 5,059 4,328 5,131 5,293 4,680 4,712 11 1,917 2,784
East Renfrewshire 4,269 4,318 5,756 4,375 4,020 4,307 4,322 42 1,527 2,753
Edinburgh, City of 10 22,093 22,921 23,470 17,502 16,922 15,264 14,868 381 5,995 8,492
Eilean Siar 813 969 918 961 922 863 902 10 428 464
Falkirk 9,156 9,821 8,108 8,256 7,332 6,877 6,899 69 3,393 3,437
Fife 22,045 21,574 21,021 19,750 18,877 18,646 17,299 107 9,029 8,163
Glasgow, City of 6 29,522 24,761 27,317 23,692 19,350 21,784 21,642 287 11,745 9,610
Highland 7 11,282 7,445 12,967 9,938 10,855 9,164 9,215 118 3,806 5,291
Inverclyde 5,123 5,312 5,183 5,099 4,955 4,439 4,283 104 1,830 2,349
Midlothian 4,677 4,654 4,673 3,164 4,716 4,416 4,332 49 1,903 2,380
Moray 4,628 4,849 4,485 4,033 3,687 3,608 3,669 14 1,652 2,003
North Ayrshire 8,263 8,531 7,379 6,040 6,157 7,086 7,196 66 3,423 3,707
North Lanarkshire 19,804 19,019 18,013 16,957 18,352 16,453 15,741 82 8,488 7,171
Orkney Islands 8 1,216 1,143 1,281 1,108 1,050 1,119 1,096 26 379 691
Perth & Kinross 5,603 5,551 6,169 5,975 6,814 6,542 6,651 112 2,537 4,002
Renfrewshire 8,761 8,569 8,358 7,873 8,326 7,730 7,838 96 4,177 3,565
Scottish Borders 9 6,987 6,456 5,980 4,961 4,889 49 1,914 2,926
Shetland Islands 340 383 381 800 953 878 892 15 341 536
South Ayrshire 5,857 5,958 6,356 5,212 5,475 5,537 5,703 62 2,523 3,118
South Lanarkshire 18,217 19,245 15,274 15,602 15,826 16,218 16,218 99 7,863 8,256
Stirling 5,034 4,649 4,273 4,374 4,082 3,918 3,892 56 1,652 2,184
West Dunbartonshire 4,781 4,730 4,625 4,221 4,936 4,548 4,546 69 2,589 1,888
West Lothian 9,506 9,691 9,823 9,529 9,615 8,912 8,873 147 4,778 3,948
Total 9 265,310 257,080 263,045 245,035 228,219 231,827 229,529 2,810 108,085 118,634

Source: Scottish Government - Not National Statistics
1. Blue Badges for display on motor vehicles used by disabled persons were introduced on 1 April 2000.
2. Totals relate to the number of badges on issue as at 31st March that year. Data prior to 2008 not available.
3. The automatic category includes badges issued to individuals in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, a lump sum (tariffs 1-8) of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, or to blind or registered blind people. (Not subject to further assessment.)
4. Badges issued in the discretionary category to people with a substantial permanent or temporary disability who are unable or virtually unable to walk (Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 as amended).(May be subject to further assessment.)
5. Aberdeenshire introduced an electronic data capture system in 2010; therefore figures may not be comparable with previous years.
6. Glasgow changed data capture process in 2011; therefore figures may not be comparable with previous years.
7. Highland Council, in April 2010, introduced a fee for the first time which may have contributed to the decline in number of badges issued.
8. Orkney introduced an electronic system in 2009; therefore figures may not be comparable with previous years.
9. Scottish Borders data was reviewed in 2012. Data is not available for previous years and is therefore excluded from the totals. Scottish Borders is included in the 2012 totals
10. City of Edinburgh Council advised of error in 2013 total. Revised figure down from 27,309 to17,502

Table 1.22 Motor vehicle offences recorded by the police by type of offence

Discontinuities in the table

2013-14 is the first full reporting year since the establishment of Police Scotland. As a result, data is no longer returned by the eight legacy police force areas and instead comes from one central unit within Police Scotland, using their new performance management reporting tool. To ensure that the dataset produced from this new system is consistent with data returned from legacy police forces, an extensive quality assurance exercise has been carried out to closely compare the data held by the Scottish Government with that extracted from the new force system.

This exercise has identified a number of anomalies affecting comparability of the time series resulting in breaks in the series. Vertical lines between figures represent these breaks and comparisons should not be directly made between the two series. The Scottish Government is investigating these issues further and seeking a resolution. Should this be possible, the web tables on the Transport Scotland website will be updated with revised figures for the table below. Further information about these discontinuities can be found in the Technical report, entitled Recorded Crime: Comparability of Police Scotland and Legacy Force Data, available from http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubRecordedCrime/TechnicalReport

 

Table 1.22 Motor vehicle offences recorded by the police by type of offence
Type of offence 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
Serious Driving Offences
Dangerous driving 3,044 2,898 2,780 2,567 2,387 2,422 2,476 2,957 2,428 2,881
Careless driving 10,557 10,066 8,739 8,506 7,452 7,431 8,054 8,567 8,345 9,176
Drunk Driving of which: 11,704 10,697 9,800 8,504 7,563 7,445 6,433 6,079 5,218 5,458
Driving while unfit through drink/drugs 761 651 547 488 502 584 459 490 450 540
In charge while unfit through drink/drugs 111 107 88 78 59 63 52 92 54 71
Driving with excess blood alcohol 7,652 7,177 6,774 5,840 4,979 4,889 4,223 3,819 3,161 3,239
In charge with excess blood alcohol 754 640 566 471 484 433 445 419 390 364
Failing to provide breath specimen at the roadside 1,041 931 779 643 633 577 495 517 477 509
Failing to provide breath, blood or urine specimen at a police station 1,385 1,191 1,046 984 906 899 759 742 686 735
Failing to stop after accident 7,225 6,769 6,881 6,552 6,586 5,955 6,804 5,921 5,574 7,660
Driving while disqualified 3,676 3,075 2,659 2,048 1,640 1,466 1,311 1,208 898 1,162
Speeding Offences
Speeding in restricted areas 70,758 65,420 52,146 50,788 50,890 53,068 62,188 | 38,400 29,316 23,145
Other speeding offences2,3 93,068 72,956 65,984 63,438 63,948 73,078 62,079 | 44,350 31,937 31,593
Signal and Direction Offences
Traffic direction offences 22,911 24,477 26,995 31,281 34,195 31,786 34,404 | 26,539 16,307 11,253
Pedestrian crossing offences 3,767 3,120 3,499 4,137 3,944 4,317 4,537 | 3,776 2,268 1,644
Lighting, Construction & Use Offences
Lighting offences2 8,134 9,009 11,638 12,791 8,910 10,120 10,934 | 9,284 7,043 5,029
Construction & use regulations2 13,036 13,319 13,642 13,452 12,271 12,681 11,884 | 11,639 8,550 8,041
Documentation Offences
Vehicle excise licence offences 17,699 17,954 15,654 14,688 11,673 12,710 11,812 | 6,601 2,634 3,098
No test certificate2 8,399 10,264 | 11,640 11,836 10,788 11,650 12,380 18,546 15,528 14,609
Driving licence offences2 14,232 12,205 | 10,895 9,051 7,424 7,264 7,474 9,492 6,396 6,555
Third party insurance offences2 25,228 24,093 | 23,171 20,610 17,860 17,407 17,228 18,998 13,747 14,407
Registration/identification offences 3,824 6,064 5,222 5,397 4,520 3,879 3,375 | 2,934 1,652 1,639
Other Offences
Failure to provide information to identify driver2 852 1,088 1,082 1,069 1,206 1,230 971 1,528 1,394 1,474
Tachograph etc offences 2,603 3,954 5,440 3,779 2,437 1,972 2,025 1,635 1,560 1,682
Seat belt offences2 28,859 26,917 | 26,225 29,324 29,171 31,505 33,047 37,880 15,619 8,059
Mobile phone offences 18,876 18,218 | 23,957 26,146 27,736 29,110 30,875 35,764 17,978 10,085
Parking offences 382 328 298 332 171 177 158 143 105 163
Other offences 4,260 3,024 2,651 2,787 2,403 2,528 2048 1,850 1,488 1,484
Total offences1 373,094 345,915 330,998 329,083 315,175 329,201 332,497 | 294,091 195,985 170,297

Source: Recorded Crime, Scottish Government
Notes:
1. The full time series is no longer comparable, the vertical lines in the table represents the break in the series. Direct comparison between the period on either side of the break in the series should not be made. Further information can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/PubRecordedCrime/TechnicalReport
2 A number of historic figures in these categories have been revised as a result of the quality assurance process noted above and will not match the figures presented in earlier editions of STS, further information can be found at the link in note 1.
3. Includes motorway and clearway offences, which previously appeared as a separate category under Other offences.

 

 

Table 1.23 Households with a car or van available by gender, 2011
    Total Number
None 1 2+ (=100%)
  percent of people in households
All people in households: 23 40 37 5,196,386
Men 20 40 39 2,521,307
Women 25 40 35 2,675,079

Source: Scottish Census 2011, National Records of Scotland

 

 

Table 1.24 Households with a car or van available, 2011
    Total Number
None 1 2+ (=100%)
  percent of households
All households: 31 42 27 2,372,777
by selected household type:        
Single adult (aged under 65) 48 48 4 511,447
Married or cohabiting family with dependent children 8 36 56 409,369
Married or cohabiting family with no children 11 44 44 413,022
Single parent 43 45 12 263,360
All students 63 27 10 20,928
Single pensioner 64 35 1 311,867
by tenure:
Owned outright 8 38 54 652,675
Owned with a mortgage or loan 6 38 56 1,585,110
Social rented (council) 49 38 13 372,920
Social rented (other) 53 37 10 317,812
Private rented (private landlord or letting agency) 41 40 18 421,264

Source: Scottish Census 2011, National Records of Scotland

 

 

Table 1.25 Households with a car or van available by disability and ethnicity, 2011
    Total Number
None 1 2+ (=100%)
  percent of people in households
All people in households: 23 40 37 5,196,386
by disability:
Day-to-day activites limited a lot 46 40 14 472,795
Day-to-day activites limited a little 34 42 23 523,272
Day-to-day activites not limited 19 40 42 4,200,319
by ethnicity:
White: Total 22 40 38 4,995,665
White: Scottish 22 40 38 4,382,131
White: Other British 16 41 43 403,604
White: Irish 27 40 33 52,086
White: Gypsy/Traveller 35 41 24 4,029
White: Polish 31 52 17 60,324
White: Other White 32 42 26 93,491
Mixed or multiple ethnic groups 26 42 32 19,068
Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British: Total 27 38 35 133,506
Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British: Pakistani, Pakistani Scottish or Pakistani British 16 36 48 48,968
Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British: Indian, Indian Scottish or Indian British 29 38 33 31,442
Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British: Bangladeshi, Bangladeshi Scottish or Bangladeshi British 32 41 27 3,710
Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British: Chinese, Chinese Scottish or Chinese British 36 36 28 29,596
Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British: Other Asian 36 44 19 19,790
African 51 36 13 28,170
Caribbean or Black 39 39 22 6,279
Other ethnic groups: Total 34 43 23 13,698
Other ethnic groups: Arab, Arab Scottish or Arab British 36 42 21 8,959
Other ethnic groups: Other Ethnic Group 31 43 25 4,739

Source: Scottish Census 2011, National Records of Scotland