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Fuel, Vehicles and Safety

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Fuel excise clearances

Source: Office of the Revenue Commissioners

The Revenue Commissioners collect statistics on the volumes of fuel clearances covered by excise taxes. Clearances reflect the excise duties paid on oil removed from tax warehouses. Clearances data provide a proxy for sales and the associated level of consumption but do not reflect actual consumption per se. 

Clearances of autodiesel in December 2021 were nearly 3% higher than in December 2020. There was also an increase of over 3% for clearances of petrol in December 2021 compared with the level in December 2020.

The annual total clearance volume for unleaded petrol for 2021 was 825 million litres, 7% higher than that of 2020. The annual volume of autodiesel was around 3.4 billion litres in 2021, an increase of 7% on 2020 volumes. See table 2.1 and figure 2.1.

See full release Fuel Excise Clearances December 2021.

Figure 2.1 Fuel excise clearances, 2019 to 2021
Table 2.1 Monthly excise clearances of autodiesel and unleaded petrol, 2019 to 2021

Vehicles Licensed

Source: Department of Transport

In January 2022, 15,814 new private cars were licensed, a drop of 6.7% compared with January 2021.

 The number of used (imported) private cars licensed in January 2022 was 3,686, a decrease of 54.6% when compared with January 2021.

See full release Vehicles licensed for the first time January 2022.

Figure 2.2 Number of new private cars licensed, 2019 to 2022
Table 2.2 Number of private cars licensed for the first time, 2019 to 2022

Road Fatalities

Source: Road Safety Authority

In January 2022, there were 14 fatalities on Irish roads compared with 4 in January 2021 and 9 in January 2020. In January 2019 there were also 14 fatalities on Irish roads. See table 2.3.

Note: data is provisional.

Table 2.3 Number of road fatalities per month, 2019 to 2022

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