Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Private Motor Vehicles.

6.

asked the Minister for the Environment the number of private motor vehicles in excess of 16 horsepower registered and taxed in each year since 1976.

As the answer is in the form of a tabular statement I propose, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, to circulate it with the Official Report. Following is the statement:—

year

Number of private motor vehicles in excess of sixteen horse power under current licence at 30 September.

1976

(see Note)

1977

10,198

1978

10,949

1979

10,917

1980

11,773

1981

13,362

Note:—Prior to 1 March 1976, all private motor vehicles exceeding 15 h.p. were taxed at the same rate. At 30 September 1976, the number of such vehicles was 26,670.