Hgv figures up in Ireland
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THE number of goods vehicles licensed in the Irish Republic increased by 20 per cent between 1983 and 1984, according to the latest vehicle census issued by the country's Department of the Environment.
In 1984, over 84,000 goods vehicles were registered and the figures also reveal a significant shift towards heavier vehicles (over 8.1 tonnes unladen weight).
Since 1970, this figure has multiplied 34 times and moved from 0,5 per cent of the total goods fleet in 1980 to 8,3 per cent in 1984.
iLast year, there was also a marked increase in light goods vehicles of up to 1.5 tonnes unladen of 31 per cent. This is partly because of the licensing for the first time of about 5,000 vehicles belonging to the recently reconstituted Irish postal and telecommunication companies. These are no longer exempt from motor tax.