by Matthew Eagles, 1990-1996

 

During the course of 1990 to 1996, out of personal interest, I carried out a series of 10 surveys on the age of vehicles (of which, of course, most were cars) on the roads from the area around my home in Lancashire, U.K. For those who are unfamiliar with the United Kingdom licence plate system, it is easy to determine the age of a vehicle: up to 2001, a prefix or suffix letter would indicate the year of registration that ran from 1 August to 31 July the following year; from 2001 there is a new system in place.

In order to keep the results comparable between surveys, I ensured that the number of vehicles in the 1990-1996 surveys was the same each time as for the first survey (i.e. 3184 vehicles, in June 1990). Nowadays more comprehensive data by the Department of Transport are available online, but as far as I am aware the data only go back to 1994, so I've reproduced my own results below in case they are of interest to anyone else. A comparison between my own data and the Department of Transport's seems to indicate that the two sources are fairly consistent. The graph on this page, with one line for each year, includes combined data for 1990, 1993 and 1994 as two surveys were carried out in those years. Unfortunately I carried out most of my surveys in late July which was close to the start of the new registration year at the time (as mentioned above, the registration year used to start on 1st August), but hopefully this does not affect the usefulness of the data too much, which is reproduced in full in the table below. As always, please feel free to make use of the data, but if you do so please ensure you credit me for it.

For ease of reading in the table below, the following colours are used: over 0.2% or 6 vehicles; over 1% or 30 vehicles; over 5% or 150 vehicles; over 10% or 300 vehicles.

Also included on this page, for comparison, are surveys carried out by other people in 1965, 1973 & 1975 and reproduced in the book "The Car Market" by M J H Mogridge, Pion, 1983.

 
Percentages
Numbers of vehicles
 
1965
1973
1975
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1965
1973
1975
Jun 1990
Aug 1990
Aug 1991
Jul 1992
21 Jul 1993
27-29 Jul 1993
25-26 Jul 1994
26-31 Jul 1994
Jul 1995
Jul 1996
Pre-1963
68.9
10.3
4.5
0.05
0.03
0.03
0.06
0.03
0.16
0.09
1739
383
315
0
3
1
1
1
3
0
2
5
3
1963 A
11.3
4.3
2.4
0.02
0.03
0.05
0.02
286
159
163
0
1
0
1
2
1
0
1
0
0
1964 B
11.9
5.4
3.3
0.05
0.03
0.06
300
200
229
3
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1965 C
7.9
8.1
4.7
0.02
0.06
0.06
0.03
198
299
324
0
1
2
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
1966 D
8.1
5.5
0.03
0.06
0.02
0.03
301
384
2
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
1
1967 E
8.5
6.4
0.02
0.03
0.03
0.02
0.02
0.03
314
446
1
0
1
1
1
0
1
0
0
1
1967/68 F
7.7
7.7
0.02
0.06
0.02
0.03
0.13
287
536
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
2
4
0
1968/69 G
9.8
6.7
0.09
0.03
0.03
0.06
0.03
362
462
5
1
1
0
2
0
1
3
1
0
1969/70 H
9.1
8.0
0.16
0.13
0.09
0.03
0.05
0.09
0.09
336
556
6
4
4
3
1
1
1
2
3
3
1970/71 J
8.8
8.6
0.11
0.19
0.06
0.03
0.03
0.03
325
600
1
6
6
2
0
2
1
1
1
0
1971/72 K
10.2
11.8
0.16
0.13
0.06
0.09
0.02
0.03
0.03
380
818
5
5
4
2
3
3
0
1
1
1
1972/73 L
9.8
12.7
0.28
0.16
0.22
0.19
0.11
0.13
0.03
365
883
6
12
5
7
3
9
3
4
4
1
1973/74 M
9.0
0.18
0.22
0.06
0.09
0.13
0.03
0.03
625
5
7
7
2
3
3
4
4
1
1
1974/75 N
7.1
0.28
0.25
0.06
0.13
0.05
0.06
0.16
495
8
10
8
2
3
5
2
1
2
5
1975/76 P
1.6
0.38
0.38
0.19
0.22
0.17
0.22
0.18
110
11
13
12
6
12
2
7
4
7
6
1976/77 R
0.69
0.44
0.44
0.25
0.11
0.09
0.13
21
23
14
14
9
7
3
4
3
4
1977/78 S
1.5
0.85
0.72
0.35
0.17
0.22
0.18
47
50
27
23
11
11
7
4
7
6
1978/79 T
2.6
1.2
0.97
0.64
0.39
0.41
0.13
93
74
38
31
19
22
13
12
13
4
1979/80 V
3.9
1.9
1.0
0.88
0.57
0.35
0.41
124
124
60
33
28
28
18
18
11
13
1980/81 W
5.5
3.8
1.6
1.0
1.2
0.38
0.60
195
153
122
52
30
34
19
56
12
19
1981/82 X
5.3
4.0
2.3
1.7
1.1
1.3
0.75
193
147
127
72
50
55
27
44
41
24
1982/83 Y
6.9
6.9
4.4
3.3
2.5
2.1
1.6
219
223
221
139
112
101
70
91
66
52
A 1983/84
7.9
7.9
5.4
4.6
4.4
3.2
2.9
253
249
251
172
142
148
107
172
103
92
B 1984/85
9.2
7.6
5.1
4.5
4.7
3.5
3.3
288
300
242
162
134
155
137
162
112
104
C 1985/86
8.6
8.6
6.2
5.6
5.0
5.2
5.1
283
264
273
197
178
177
135
181
165
163
D 1986/87
10.5
8.8
7.2
7.1
6.3
5.4
6.0
340
331
281
229
200
251
199
205
172
190
E 1987/88
10.4
10.3
8.2
8.7
8.2
7.4
7.3
345
319
329
262
259
295
231
289
234
231
F 1988/89
11.6
12.4
11.8
11.1
10.4
8.9
8.9
347
390
395
376
342
364
334
326
283
283
G 1989/90
11.4
11.7
12.3
11.3
9.8
8.4
8.5
356
371
371
391
380
339
294
328
268
269
H 1990/91
0.96
9.4
14.7
10.7
8.6
7.7
6.7
0
61
299
468
340
340
274
274
246
214
J 1991/92
0.97
13.2
11.6
9.6
8.8
7.4
31
420
364
373
322
286
280
234
K 1992/93
0.06
12.9
11.1
9.1
8.0
2
435
388
374
336
289
255
L 1993/94
0.11
13.2
11.5
8.8
0
7
513
326
366
281
M 1994/95
0.05
12.3
9.6
2
1
392
305
N 1995/96
0.03
10.8
1
345
P 1996/97
0.18
6
Q
0.05
0.13
0.09
0.05
0.03
0.09
2
1
4
3
3
1
3
Cherished
0.63
0.88
0.97
1.1
0.80
1.6
1.5
15
25
28
31
41
31
26
25
52
46
Foreign
0.11
0.38
1.6
1.1
0.72
0.79
0.09
3
4
12
52
58
11
35
11
25
3
Irish
0.30
0.13
0.60
0.47
0.49
0.38
0.47
8
11
4
19
15
15
23
8
12
15
Army
0.06
0.03
0.02
0.03
2
1
1
1
1
5-digit
0.03
1
0
Isle of Man
0.03
1
1
TOTAL
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
2523
3711
6946
3184
3184
3184
3184
3184
3184
3184
3184
3184
3184
 
1965
1973
1975
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1965
1973
1975
Jun 1990
Aug 1990
Aug 1991
Jul 1992
21 Jul 1993
27-29 Jul 1993
25-26 Jul 1994
26-31 Jul 1994
Jul 1995
Jul 1996

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