The following information is derived from published data on vehicle registration and road transport fuel consumption across the UK.

Vehicle Registrations (2021): Department for Transport

  • At the end of 2021 there were a total of 297,100 registered vehicles in County Durham, up 13.3% from 2009.  Across England the number of registered vehicles increased by 14.9%,
  • Nearly half of these registered vehicles were diesel cars of vans (49.5%),
  • The number of registered Ultra-low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in the county is low at around 2,200, representing just 0.75% of all registrations in County Durham.  Across England this proportion is 1.99% of all registrations and has nearly doubled between 2019 and 2021.

Road Transport Fuel Consumption (2020): Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS)

  • 30.2% of fuel consumption in County Durham is by petrol cars with diesel cars accounting for 27.4% of all fuel consumption in 2020.  Across the North East these figures are 34.5% and 28.5% respectively,
  • HGV’s accounted for 17.9% of diesel fuel consumption compared to 13.6% across the North East in 2020,
  • Busses account for 5% of fuel consumed in County Durham compared to 5.2% across the North East.

Vehicle Registrations – Summary

Road Transport Fuel Consumption – Summary

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