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Car registration numbers in Donegal continue to fall

National figures for electric car registrations are on the increase

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Car registration numbers in Donegal continue to fall

Car registrations statistics show a drop of -11.49% in new car registrations for January-February in Donegal.

According to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) there were 1,063 registrations here, while comparative figures for 2018 show there were 1,201.

Figures for Leitrim were also down by more than 25% - 167 registrations in 2019 as opposed to 225 in 2018. 

Sligo figures were the strongest of all three north west counties, although also showed a drop - 477 in 2019 compared to  527 in 2018, a drop of -9.49%.

Nationally one of the most interesting figures relates to the number of electric cars being registered, the officials statistics show that the total new electric car registrations for the month of February have shown a significant increase with 330 registered in comparison to just 72 in the same month last year.

Year to date 1,129 have been registered in the first two months of this year, which has almost surpassed the total sales for the whole of 2018 (1,233).

However, mirroring the Donegal/north west figures, nationally the performance of the rest of the car market tells a different story, with new car registrations for the month of February down 11.1% (15,128) when compared to February 2018 (17,011). Registrations year to date are also down 12.2% (47,425) on the same period last year (54,034).

Light Commercials vehicles are also down 5.6% (2,486) compared to February last year (2,634), and year to date are down 13.4% (8,132). While HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 9.5% (266) in comparison to February 2019 (243), however year to date they are down 3.7% (621).

Imported Used Cars for February (8,861) have seen a very slight decrease of 0.4% on February 2018 (8,900) and year to date are down 0.5% (17,865) on 2018 (17,961).

Commenting on the overall figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General Designate said: “With Brexit looming, new vehicle registrations continue to be negatively impacted across nearly all of our Industry.

"However, the one exception is the sales of Electric Vehicles, which increased by 542% this year compared to last year, and by the end of this quarter we will have sold more, new EVS than in the whole of last year.

"This increase is a result of a concerted effort by all stakeholders; by the Industry in supplying more, new EVS with greater travel range; by the Government through the generous taxation and other incentives; and by SEAI with their grant scheme. Ireland’s transition to a zero emitting fleet will take a number of years to happen, but the co-operative approach by the Industry and the State thus far bodes well for the future.”