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Transport 2007

Transport 2007


Transport 2007 is a CSO thematic publication, which brings together a wide range of transport statistics to provide a useful reference source to those interested in the Transport sector. This is the second edition of the publication, the content of which has been expanded, with new chapters being added relating to Road Traffic Volumes and Transport Prices together with some additional detail on public transport. The information contained in this report is sourced from statistics compiled by both the CSO and other producers of statistical data on this topic. Some of the key points highlighted in the publication are:

• There were almost 1.9 million private cars under current license in Ireland at the end of 2007, compared with 1.1 million in 1997. In 2007 there were almost 340,000 vehicles licensed for the first time, the highest number on record for any one year. Over 180,000 new private cars were licensed for the first time, of which 48% had an engine capacity in the 1501 – 2400 cc range while 6% had an engine capacity greater than 2400 cc’s.

• Of the 2.54 million driving licenses held at the end of 2007, nearly 428,000 (17%) were provisional. Over 290,000 driving test applications were received in 2007, with almost 200,000 driving tests being conducted. The average waiting time for a test at the end of 2007 was 18.9 weeks compared to 29.8 weeks in 2006.

• Between October, 2002 (the introduction of the scheme) and the end of December, 2007 over 755,000 penalty points had been issued. 327,000 points were issued during 2007, 74% of which related to speeding offences.

• There were 338 people killed on Irish Roads in 2007, a decrease of 7% on the 2006 total of 365.

• During 2007 Irish Registered goods vehicles transported almost 315 million tonnes of goods by road. In comparison 104 million tonnes were transported in 1997. Goods vehicles travelled over 2,662 million kilometres in 2007, of which 1,674 million kilometres (63%) were laden journeys.

• Almost 237,000 international commercial flights passed through Irish airports during 2007, carrying almost 29 million passengers and 117,000 tonnes of air freight. Dublin airport handled the majority of passengers on international flights (over 22 million). July was the busiest month of the year for international traffic, accounting for over 3.1 million passengers or almost 11% of the annual traffic.

• During 2007 Bus Eireann carried 95.7 million passengers of which 45.5 million were carried on the school transport scheme. The peak periods for passengers travelling on Bus Eireann’s City Services were from 8:00 to 9:00 and from 15:00 to 16:00. Dublin Bus carried 147 million passengers and almost 28.5 million passengers travelled on the LUAS during 2007. Irish Rail carried 45.5 million passengers, of which 20.2 million travelled on
the DART during 2007.

• Average journey times for buses in the morning peak periods were less than the corresponding car journey times for 12 out of the 16 Quality Bus Corridors (QBC) in Dublin.

• At the end of 2007 there were 25,695 public service vehicles licensed, an increase of 18% of the 2006 total. Of these 1,504 (5.9%) were wheelchair accessible taxis.

• Over 16,000 vessels docked in Irish ports during 2007 and shipped over 54 million tonnes of goods. Of these 130 were cruise ships carrying almost 106,000 passengers.

Transport 2007 is priced at €15.00 and is available on our website

Hard copies available from the:

Central Statistics Office, Information Section, Skehard Road, Cork,

Government Publications Sales Office, Sun Alliance House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2,

or through any bookseller.

For more information contact:

Transport Section
Central Statistics Office

Phone: Locall 1890 313 414/(021) 453 5319/(021) 453 5260
Fax: (021) 453 5299

18 December 2008

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