Because cars are racking up fewer miles each year and able to stay on the road longer than ever before (the average age of cars in the UK has risen to 8.2 years old), there are more cars on the road now than ever before. Below we summarize UK car licensing statistics including car ownership for typical UK households.
How Many Cars are Registered in the UK?
At the end of 2018 there were 31,517,597 cars licensed in Great Britain (and 32,493,258 in the UK). If you think there are a lot more cars on the road now than there were a generation ago, you're absolutely right. Over the past 25 years, the number of cars in GB has risen 49%. If growth continues at the same pace, we could have 46.9 million cars on British roads by 2043.
|Number of Licensed Cars||Great Britain||United Kingdom|
|2013||29,140,937||data n/a before 2014|
How Many Cars in the Average English Household?
In 2018, English household have an average of 1.2 cars. However if we exclude London (the area with the lowest rate of vehicle ownership) then the typical English household has 1.3 cars. In London, households have 0.76 cars, meaning on average not every household has a car. Households in the East Midlands and East of Midlands have the highest rate of car ownership, with an average of 1.4 cars per household. (Note: "Cars" includes vans.)
|Number of Cars/Vans per Household||2003||2018||% Change 2003-2018|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||0.99||1.19||21%|
|East of England||1.26||1.40||11%|
|England excluding London||1.16||1.30||12%|
How Many Households Don't Have a Car?
In England overall, 23.9% of households don't have a car. This number is a bit skewed by London, where 45% of households have no car. If we consider households outside of London then 20.9% don't have a car. In other words, 1 in 5 households outside of London don't drive. The South West and East of England have the highest rates of car ownership, with 84.6% and 84.5% of households having at least one car or van.
|Proportion of Households with No Car/Van|
|East of England||15.5%|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||22.7%|
|England excluding London||20.1%|
Households without a car generally rely on public transportation to get around, enabling them to save hundreds or thousands of pounds a year on car-related expenses like car insurance.
Note: for purposes of the article, references to "car" include both cars and vans.