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

Vehicle Registrations (2020): Department for Transport

  • In 2020 there were a total of 294,600 registered vehicles in County Durham, up 12.4% from 2009.  Across England the number of registered vehicles increased by 13.9%,
  • Nearly half of these registered vehicles were diesel cars of vans (46%),
  • The number of registered Ultra-low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in the county is low at around 1,300, representing just 0.46% of all registrations in County Durham.  Across England this proportion is 1.32% of all registrations and has nearly doubled between 2019 and 2020.

Road Transport Fuel Consumption (2019): Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (DBEIS)

  • 32.5% of fuel consumption in County Durham is by petrol cars with diesel cars accounting for 32.4% of all fuel consumption in 2019.  Across the North East these figures are 34.3% and 30.6% respectively,
  • HGV’s accounted for 18% of diesel fuel consumption compared to 16.5% across the North East in 2019,
  • Busses account for 5% of fuel consumed in County Durham compared to 5.6% across the North East.

Vehicle Registrations – Summary

Road Transport Fuel Consumption – Summary

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