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What is the Ratio of Different Types of Vehicles on UK Roads?

OK so we have previously posted in our blog that as of 2013 cars made up around 83% of the 35 Million vehicles registered and licensed for use on UK roads according to DVLA statistics.

But what is the ratio between different types of vehicles?

Cars actually made up 83.2% of vehicles on UK roads in 2013.

HGV's just 1.3% although it might not feel like it at times!

Bus and coaches 0.5%

Vans 9.6% (otherwise known a tailgaters)

Motorcycles 3.5%

Since 1994 cars have increased by 37%, vans (and light goods vehicles) have increased by 57% and motorcycles by 69%

There was a higher rate of increase in motorcycles up to 2010 but the % motorcycles to overall vehicles has declined slightly since 2010, the same applies to HGVs and buses with only cars and vans increasing year on year since 1994.

Since approximately the year 2000 vans as a % of overall vehicles have increased at a faster rate than other vehicle types.

Chart of UK Vehicles to UK Population 1992 to 2012

The following is a chart of the number of vehicles registered for use on UK roads to the number of UK population between 1992 and 2012.




The number of vehicles registered on UK roads has increased by 9.6 million between 1992 and 2012 or a rise of 38.5%.

The number of people living in the UK has increased by 6 million between 1992 and 2012 or a rise of 10.7%.

20 years ago vehicles to population percentage was 44.5%

in 2012 the ratio of vehicles to population had increased to 55.7% and increase of 11% on 1992.

The rise in two car families contributing to the increase in cars registered on UK roads in the last 20 years.

What Is The Ratio of Male to Female Drivers in the UK?

The "White Van Man" predominately male driving "professions" mean that there are a lot more male drivers than female drivers when you also take into account lorry drivers and other factors, right?

A caveat here on the use of the word "profession" based on the crazy tailgating, speeding and generally dangerous driving you can see daily on UK roads by van drivers no doubt in a hurry. Apologies to those van drivers who do actually care about other road users and their safety of course you too often appear the exceptions sadly.

Number of Female Drivers in the UK


Interestingly the DVLA statistics show that 40% of the 29 Million or so private cars in the UK have a female registered keeper and as per the previous post cars are around 83% (2013) of licenced vehicles on the road.

There has been a 72% increase of female registered keepers since 1994 compared to a rise of 21% for males in the same period.

There are are now a greater % of female drivers that ever before.

Ratio of Male to Females in the UK


Department of Health statistics for 2013 show that the ratio of male to female births in the UK were approximately 51 male to 49% female which has been fairly consistent over the last six years or so at least.

In 2007 statistics show there were around 61Million people in the UK of which approximately 51% were male and 49% female.

The Office for National Statistics estimate the total UK population as 63.7 Million in Mid 2012 being an increase of 0.7% or around 420,000 on the previous year.