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Show Table: 8.1 Ireland: Vehicles under current licence 1985-2018

The number of licensed vehicles in Ireland increased by 183% from an average annual 960,000 in 1985-1989 to 2.7 million in 2018. Private cars accounted for most of this growth with an increase of almost 1.4 million vehicles between 1985-1989 and 2018.

The number of goods vehicles has increased by 220% from an average annual 111,000 in 1985-1989 to 355,000 in 2018.

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Show Table: 8.2 Ireland: Public transport passenger journeys 2005-2017

The number of public bus and coach passenger journeys in Ireland fell from an average annual 234.1 million in 2005-2009 to an average annual 194.9 million in 2010-2014, before rising to 217.6 million in 2017.

The number of rail passenger journeys in Ireland fell from an average annual 42 million in 2005-2009 to an average annual 37.3 million in 2010-2014. It rose again in subsequent years and reached 45.5 million journeys in 2017.

The number of LUAS passenger journeys increased from an average annual 25.8 million in 2005-2009 to 37.6 million in 2017.

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Passenger kilometres per capita
France1447.36579948414
Austria1431.91534350523
Sweden1333.74646691251
Germany1157.62344217705
Denmark1092.40778330109
United Kingdom1046.5927249838
Netherlands955.711928695753
Belgium939.856992684902
Czech Republic888.851497615046
Italy878.552361719108
Hungary786.930543223972
Finland776.080229724109
Luxembourg741.534570240084
Slovakia690.664784172774
Spain590.826724126518
Poland532.352438961573
Ireland443.526364841611
Portugal438.039480393611
Latvia305.62284499999
Romania288.276272821447
Estonia278.192659818263
Slovenia275.909472649868
Bulgaria201.91896234493
Croatia177.169538490203
Lithuania110.607660932391
Greece103.267094116905

Rail passengers in Ireland travelled an average of 444 kilometres per capita in 2017. France was the EU Member State with the highest level of passenger kilometres travelled, with 1,447 kilometres travelled per capita, while Greece had the lowest level at 103.

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Show Table: 8.3 Ireland: International passengers through Irish air and sea ports 1995-2017

In 2017, 34.4 million passengers travelled on international journeys through Irish airports, the highest over the 1995-2017 period.

International passengers travelling to and from Irish seaports was at an average annual 4.5 million in 1995-1999. It fell below 3 million journeys per year after 2010 and was 2.8 million in 2017.

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Show Table: 8.4 Ireland: Means of travel to work 1986-2016

Between 1986 and 2016, the proportion of females aged 15 years or over driving to work has increased from 27% to 65%. The proportion of females travelling to work as car passengers fell from 16% to 5% in the same period.

The proportion of males aged 15 years or over driving to work increased from 42% to 53% between 1986 and 2016.

There were 10% of females aged 15 years and over who walked to work in 2016 compared with 8% of males. The number of females aged 15 years or over cycling to work declined from 6% in 1986 to 2% in 2016. The proportion of males aged 15 years or over cycling to work fell from 5% to 4% between 1986 and 2016.

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Show Table: 8.5 Ireland: New private cars licensed for the first time by fuel type 2000-2018

The proportion of new licensed private cars in Ireland using diesel increased from an average annual 14.8% in 2000-2004 to 71.1% in 2015, before falling to 54.3% in 2018. The proportion using petrol fell from an average annual 85.2% in 2000-2004 to 26.8% in 2010-2014, before rising to 38.6% in 2018.

The percentage of new licensed private cars using hybrid, electric and other fuels (such as gas or a blend of ethanol and petrol) increased from an average annual 0% in 2000-2004 to 7.1% in 2018.

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