This section provides the latest statistics on vehicle numbers and the average age of vehicles in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Motor vehicles produce air pollution, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other gases. These air pollutants can have adverse health effects, including cardiovascular (heart) and respiratory (lung) diseases.
Diesel vehicles, older cars and cars not well maintained tend to produce more emissions. Recent evidence also shows that diesel engine fumes can cause lung cancer .
light passenger vehicles (passenger cars and vans)
light commercial vehicles (the following if under 3,500 kg: goods vans, trucks, utilities, buses and motor caravans)
trucks (the following if over 3,500 kg: goods vans, trucks, utilities and motor caravans)
buses (those over 3,500 kg)
motorcycles (including mopeds)
electric vehicles (including pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles).
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