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Car Licence Statistics in London, England

We analysed data from the Department for Transport to discover which areas of London have become even more dense with cars in the past five years. Areas where there are more licenced cars can struggle with heavier congestion during rush hour and school run, and leave residents unable to find parking. See how London compares to other regions in England in our article Roads Feel More Congested Than Ever? Worst Postcodes Revealed.

From 2014 to 2019, the number of cars in London increased from 2,579,987 to 2,656,785, an increase of 76,798 vehicles. This represents a 3.0% increase, which is actually the smallest percentage increase in England over this five year period.

Car Licence Stats for London
Cars in Q2 20142,579,987
Cars in Q2 20192,656,785
Change76,798
% Change3.0%

Areas of London with Significantly More Cars

The UB3 postcode in Southall had the biggest raw increase in licenced cars from 2014 to 2019, rising by 5,872 from 17,995 to 23,867, an increase of 32.6% over five years. CR0 which covers parts of Sutton and Croydon had the second largest bump in car numbers, rising by 3,105 vehicles to a total of 56,297 in 2019.

The area of London with the biggest percentage increase in licenced cars was E20, which covers the Olympic Park and parts of Stratford, Homerton, Leyton and Bow across Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. In E20, there was a massive 418% increase in licenced cars from 2014 to 2019—however the actual number of cars is much lower. The actual number of cars rose from 150 in 2014 to 777 in 2019.

Here are the London postcodes with the biggest increase in licenced cars over the past five years, ranked on an absolute change basis.

PostcodeRegional Rank (out of 367)Rank in England (out of 2,069)Cars in Q2 2014Cars in Q2 2019Change% Change
UB311317,99523,8675,87232.6%
CR023353,19256,2973,1055.8%
NW934121,77224,5592,78712.8%
RM349316,81719,0412,22413.2%
E6514717,02218,9311,90911.2%
RM8615313,29915,1871,88814.2%
IG11715814,64516,5221,87712.8%
E1681659,56511,4141,84919.3%
W691797,7369,5231,78723.1%
SE181018718,41020,1751,7659.6%
Heatmap showing the percentage change in licenced cars
Heatmap showing the percentage change in licenced cars

Car Licence Stats for All London Postcodes

The table below shows car licence data for all London, England postcodes. Displayed are the number of licenced cars in 2014 and 2019, and the absolute and percentage changes over that time period. Postcodes are ordered alphabetically. Lookup your postcode district to see how it compares to the rest of the region and England.

PostcodeRegional Rank (out of 367)Rank in England (out of 2,069)Cars in Q2 2014Cars in Q2 2019Change% Change
BR13463323,25024,1869364.0%
BR2701,09922,10922,6665572.5%
BR31971,97821,91221,829-83-0.4%
BR4741,13210,31110,8465355.2%
BR54479020,16820,9647963.9%
BR62392,04125,23124,710-521-2.1%
BR71181,6119,7349,9452112.2%
CR023353,19256,2973,1055.8%
CR2991,43422,48522,8053201.4%
CR43767918,69319,5858924.8%
CR54579515,52316,3157925.1%
CR75491813,38914,0786895.1%
CR81071,49615,78816,0672791.8%
CR91831,957198156-42-21.2%
DA141001,44110,19310,5083153.1%
DA151531,86714,10014,142420.3%
DA161051,46816,30416,6012971.8%
DA17911,3296,9537,3473945.7%
DA181301,7041,3701,52815811.5%
DA51481,85011,14211,200580.5%
DA61381,7594,6814,8051242.6%
DA7941,36316,64017,0153752.3%
DA82151712,99314,0711,0788.3%
E1286188,7969,74695010.8%
E104982410,16910,9367677.5%
E11731,11815,36515,9105453.5%
E12407658,6679,4828159.4%
E13122958,62210,0681,44616.8%
E144278414,59715,3978005.5%
E15661,0769,2979,8765796.2%
E1681659,56511,4141,84919.3%
E17951,38326,27826,6353571.4%
E181821,9557,6917,655-36-0.5%
E1W1031,4592,9173,21930210.4%
E2811,2246,0586,5224647.7%
E20591,000150777627418.0%
E3205159,22210,3021,08011.7%
E41844226,33227,5171,1854.5%
E5671,0937,9288,4905627.1%
E6514717,02218,9311,90911.2%
E71642511,00112,2151,21411.0%
E81451,8306,3006,370701.1%
E91281,6866,5846,7521682.6%
EC1A1751,942245227-18-7.3%
EC1M1911,967305253-52-17.0%
EC1N1771,946529506-23-4.3%
EC1R1931,972869808-61-7.0%
EC1V1571,8801,9651,997321.6%
EC1Y1861,962539494-45-8.3%
EC2A1951,976362287-75-20.7%
EC2Y1981,979770687-83-10.8%
EC4V1561,8791441773322.9%
EC4Y1641,908177189126.8%
EN15387218,56819,3017333.9%
EN21631,90413,70113,716150.1%
EN34378719,56320,3617984.1%
EN41011,44812,45212,7613092.5%
EN51241,67117,14617,3231771.0%
HA05082714,95515,7217665.1%
HA1631,05412,96613,5595934.6%
HA24177621,57222,3778053.7%
HA35899227,74628,3786322.3%
HA41441,82225,06725,141740.3%
HA52132,00122,87322,746-127-0.6%
HA62011,98211,95511,864-91-0.8%
HA71041,46517,12817,4262981.7%
HA83869325,35226,2328803.5%
HA91541,86915,43915,479400.3%
IG11538817,16618,4441,2787.4%
IG11715814,64516,5221,87712.8%
IG2831,2359,70810,1694614.7%
IG3601,00111,59212,2196275.4%
IG41361,7393,7233,8601373.7%
IG51171,6027,4587,6742162.9%
IG6961,39611,73112,0803493.0%
IG82172,00616,79216,654-138-0.8%
KT11231,6626,9917,1741832.6%
KT21291,69011,94112,1071661.4%
KT3841,25415,97716,4274502.8%
KT41081,49914,04114,3152742.0%
KT51411,7898,6468,744981.1%
KT61471,84112,46012,523630.5%
KT91111,53410,52610,7782522.4%
N11521,86414,92614,971450.3%
N101591,8958,7458,770250.3%
N11641,0679,82610,4125866.0%
N121221,65910,89411,0781841.7%
N13981,42811,44411,7703262.8%
N141091,52213,30713,5672602.0%
N15275877,9948,97698212.3%
N161661,91111,26011,26990.1%
N171742612,99814,2101,2129.3%
N18265858,6369,62098411.4%
N191501,8546,4456,501560.9%
N22152,0048,6878,553-134-1.5%
N202041,9859,3059,208-97-1.0%
N212282,02511,62411,348-276-2.4%
N22611,0229,66910,2806116.3%
N32182,00810,19610,041-155-1.5%
N41131,5648,6048,8412372.8%
N52101,9974,8484,725-123-2.5%
N62312,0296,6896,396-293-4.4%
N7255837,1658,15098513.7%
N81371,7509,7739,9031301.3%
N93062315,05215,9999476.3%
NW12482,06114,1619,353-4,808-34.0%
NW101123424,93026,5271,5976.4%
NW111311,70611,20211,3601581.4%
NW25184517,38618,1367504.3%
NW32442,05014,62713,639-988-6.8%
NW41151,57210,79011,0222322.2%
NW52091,9965,9105,790-120-2.0%
NW62352,03613,58913,204-385-2.8%
NW72961912,09413,0449507.9%
NW82272,0237,6377,385-252-3.3%
NW934121,77224,5592,78712.8%
RM1801,2218,6639,1294665.4%
RM103162812,07313,0149417.8%
RM111271,68316,36216,5311691.0%
RM121211,65515,82416,0101861.2%
RM135697213,54414,1896454.8%
RM141331,71214,20214,3571551.1%
RM21321,7096,3596,5151562.5%
RM349316,81719,0412,22413.2%
RM51061,4738,9409,2332933.3%
RM6821,22812,38112,8444633.7%
RM7751,15412,68213,1985164.1%
RM8615313,29915,1871,88814.2%
RM92352911,06212,1271,0659.6%
SE12462,05712,12510,675-1,450-12.0%
SE10326295,9946,93393915.7%
SE111491,8513,7603,818581.5%
SE121421,7999,4769,565890.9%
SE13851,2609,68410,1314474.6%
SE14971,4234,5944,9233297.2%
SE15761,15512,50313,0185154.1%
SE16901,3268,9449,3423984.4%
SE171101,5244,4874,7472605.8%
SE181018718,41020,1751,7659.6%
SE191251,6748,4568,6321762.1%
SE2861,2618,3398,7854465.3%
SE20921,3406,6046,9933895.9%
SE212001,9815,2625,176-86-1.6%
SE221811,9548,0718,037-34-0.4%
SE231941,9739,6689,601-67-0.7%
SE241581,8914,5904,618280.6%
SE25781,17110,37110,8755044.9%
SE261161,5998,3558,5742192.6%
SE271511,8605,8165,864480.8%
SE28891,2997,9018,3224215.3%
SE31021,45611,14911,4523032.7%
SE41341,7136,9147,0691552.2%
SE5579828,0838,7226397.9%
SE63665315,45316,3739206.0%
SE71261,6805,7605,9321723.0%
SE8559305,1635,84267913.2%
SE9871,28924,21624,6424261.8%
SM1791,17515,81516,3144993.2%
SM21191,63113,21513,4162011.5%
SM31141,57010,25610,4892332.3%
SM4651,07114,15314,7345814.1%
SM54679616,53217,3247924.8%
SM6621,04515,83316,4315983.8%
SW102322,0305,1884,880-308-5.9%
SW112382,04016,87516,399-476-2.8%
SW122222,0138,0337,853-180-2.2%
SW132202,0106,2136,043-170-2.7%
SW142071,9896,7786,673-105-1.5%
SW15721,11217,04017,5905503.2%
SW165286122,92123,6607393.2%
SW172262,02015,33715,107-230-1.5%
SW182192,00918,08417,929-155-0.9%
SW192472,05926,34924,264-2,085-7.9%
SW1A1741,939282269-13-4.6%
SW1E1621,899267287207.5%
SW1H1761,944308287-21-6.8%
SW1P1461,8312,6242,694702.7%
SW1V2292,0264,7064,430-276-5.9%
SW1W143672,4993,8011,30252.1%
SW1X2332,0312,7672,431-336-12.1%
SW1Y1901,966309259-50-16.2%
SW2931,35610,07110,4523813.8%
SW201351,71910,91111,0621511.4%
SW32342,0357,6377,269-368-4.8%
SW41391,7748,1738,2851121.4%
SW52252,0183,0652,844-221-7.2%
SW62412,04417,66117,018-643-3.6%
SW71671,9125,8745,88390.2%
SW82362,0386,5136,073-440-6.8%
SW9711,1026,7857,3425578.2%
TW11651,91010,29110,302110.1%
TW101401,7827,3637,4691061.4%
TW112021,98310,0889,997-91-0.9%
TW121551,87811,02111,057360.3%
TW133973714,40115,2478465.9%
TW14881,29211,73012,1554253.6%
TW21871,96313,33513,290-45-0.3%
TW3771,16512,55313,0615084.0%
TW4691,0989,45210,0105585.9%
TW54781311,21711,9937766.9%
TW61601,896298323258.4%
TW71611,89814,96114,982210.1%
TW8336307,1658,10493913.1%
TW91431,8198,0698,145760.9%
UB11948911,75412,8741,1209.5%
UB104882317,07717,8477704.5%
UB22252710,14911,2161,06710.5%
UB311317,99523,8675,87232.6%
UB42457315,72616,7239976.3%
UB53564215,93416,8609265.8%
UB6681,09519,26919,8295602.9%
UB71330312,80014,2221,42211.1%
UB82452,05333,40232,299-1,103-3.3%
W101201,6496,6456,8371922.9%
W112081,9927,6477,541-106-1.4%
W121121,5559,76510,0082432.5%
W132142,00310,73510,605-130-1.2%
W142212,0128,0877,913-174-2.2%
W1B1841,960326283-43-13.2%
W1D1991,980255171-84-32.9%
W1F1721,934285279-6-2.1%
W1G1711,9321,1751,170-5-0.4%
W1H2162,0051,8711,735-136-7.3%
W1J1781,947963938-25-2.6%
W1K2232,0141,7851,605-180-10.1%
W1S2111,998386263-123-31.9%
W1T2031,984662571-91-13.7%
W1U2051,9871,5561,458-98-6.3%
W1W1961,977789712-77-9.8%
W22422,0469,8268,922-904-9.2%
W32432,04714,65013,740-910-6.2%
W42402,04315,75815,170-588-3.7%
W52061,98816,66416,561-103-0.6%
W691797,7369,5231,78723.1%
W72242,0179,7379,522-215-2.2%
W82372,0396,2815,831-450-7.2%
W92302,0287,6187,334-284-3.7%
WC1A1731,937112105-7-6.3%
WC1B1881,964264218-46-17.4%
WC1E1801,953219187-32-14.6%
WC1H1701,929742738-4-0.5%
WC1N1791,948813788-25-3.1%
WC1R2122,000228103-125-54.8%
WC1X1851,9611,026982-44-4.3%
WC2B1921,970282223-59-20.9%
WC2E1891,965166118-48-28.9%
WC2H1681,91541842571.7%
WC2N1691,927145144-1-0.7%

Car Licence Stats for All Regions in England

If you'd like to see the details for other regions near you, here are the studies for other regions in England:

Comments and Questions

The guidance on this site is based on our own analysis and is meant to help you identify options and narrow down your choices. We do not advise or tell you which product to buy; undertake your own due diligence before entering into any agreement. Read our full disclosure here.