New vehicle registrations up by 2% last year: CBS

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The number of vehicles registered in the Netherlands on 1 January 2018 reached 12.5 million the national statistics agency CBS said on Monday.

The figure represents a 2% increase since the beginning of last year. Increases were seen in nearly all vehicle categories.

Cars account for two-thirds of all registered vehicles, according to the CBS. In January more than 8.3 million cars were licensed to travel on Dutch roads, a 1.8% gain in a year. More than 90% of cars on the road were built after 2010.

New car sales in 2017 reached 427,000, a 9% increase over the previous year, even though 25% of Dutch households do not own a car.

There were 1.1 million commercial vehicles registered at the beginning of 2018, 3% more than in the previous year. This increase was largely due to the 883,000 vans, which accounted for more than 80% of the total.

There were nearly 10,000 buses on Dutch roads in January, a weak 1% gain over the previous year. Only 321 electric buses were registered in January, but that figure is a whopping 63% higher than the previous year.

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