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There were 4.1 million vehicles in 2017, an increase of 23% over ten years. Light four-wheel vehicles made up 93% of the vehicle fleet.



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Further Related Statistics:

RD011 Light fleet vehicle kilometres travelled by engine size

RD016 Vehicle kilometres travelled by vehicle type (billion km)

RD017 Vehicle kilometres travelled by fuel type (billion km)

RD024 First registrations of vehicles by region

RD030 Vehicle fleet by fuel type

RD031 Vehicle fleet by fuel type by region

RD032 Vehicle fleet powered by diesel (%)

RD033 Light vehicle fleet by engine size by region

RD034 Average engine size of light vehicle fleet by region (cc)

Core dashboard information


Number of vehicles by vehicle type and region. The regions are established from the WoF/CoF inspection location rather than the owner address, to avoid the vehicles registered to the Auckland Head Office effect.

Nature of data

Primary source NZ Transport Agency - Motor Vehicle Register
Custodian of data Ministry of Transport
URL Regional data shown here has not been previously published. National data may be found at https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Research/Documents/Fleet-reports/NZ-Vehicle-Fleet-Graphs-2016-web3.xlsx, annual fleet report spreadsheet tab "1.1, 1.2"
Frequency Annual
Disaggregation By vehicle type and region. For definitions of the vehicle types used, see https://www.transport.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Vehicle-Type-Categorisation-20180725.pdf
Quality of the data Reliable. These numbers are not the same as NZTA data. NZTA regards vehicles as being in the fleet for a year after the owner does not relicense them, whereas MoT is removing them from the statistics at the point of licence expiry. This produces a lower but more realistic fleet estimate. The regional data excludes the Chathams, and the vehicles with unknown region (due to lack of WoF/CoF inspection location) have been distributed proportionately across the remaining regions.
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