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London, England: number of licensed cars 1995-2018

London was home to some 2.66 million passenger cars in 2018. Between 1995 and 2018, the number of licensed cars in the capital city saw a net increase of 15 percent, although figures have declined in the last two years recorded.
Overall, the United Kingdom housed some 32.5 million cars in 2018. This was the peak since the beginning of the reporting period in 2000 and showed that, despite efforts to promote public transportation as a way to reduce fossil fuel intensive car driving, the motor vehicle still proved popular.

Pollution fighting schemes

In recent years, the Greater London Authority has increased incentives to stifle car usage in the city center. It introduced the Congestion Charge Zone in 2003, the Low Emission Zone in 2008 and followed up with the Ultra Low Emission Zone in early 2019, which are all intended to reduce traffic pollution and improve air quality.
On average around two million unique vehicles traversed the Congestion Charge Zone every month in 2018.

Car sharing: a means to reduce car ownership

According to a 2018 survey, members of car sharing clubs in London are more likely to own no cars of their own after joining. While more than half of those participating in car sharing associations were already car-less before becoming members, the share increased to 73 percent after.

Number of licensed cars in London, England from 1995 to 2018

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Release date

April 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

1995 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures represent a cumulative total of the number of cars on the road each year.

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