The number of new tractors licensed for in March is up on the past two years, 2013 and 2012, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). 

Figures just released for March, show that 219 new tractors were licensed for the month, compared to 156 in March 2013 and 187 in March 2012. This brings the total number of new tractors licensed, according to the CSO, in Ireland to 688 for the year. This total is also up on previous years. This time last year the first three months of 2013 saw 535 tractors licensed and 619 in the first three months on 2012.

The number of used tractors, registered with the CSO, is also up. Some 220 used tractors were imported and licensed in March 2014, up on the same month in 2013 and 2012. Just 112 used tractors were licensed in March 2013 and 184 in March 2012. In total, 684 tractors were imported into Ireland, according to the CSO figures.

And it’s not just tractors which are showing positive figures. The number of new private cars licensed for the first time increased by 8.4 per cent to 11,485 in March 2014 compared to March 2013. Used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time were up 18.4 per cent to 4,868 for the same period.

The CSO figures show the number of vehicles licensed in Ireland. It differs from registration in that a vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time. Registration occurs when a vehicle gets its licence plate (registration number) for the first time.