The average age of all private vehicles in the Valencia Province is said to be 11.5 years, according to data provided by the Spanish Association of Automobile and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC).

However the figures go on to say that 26.8% of the cars on our roads are older than 15 years of age. ANFAC says that the data is “troubling.”

The study says that there is a “high rate” of old vehicles on our roads which are both “a risk to road safety and to the atmosphere, because of the increased emissions that they discharge.”

Vehicle manufacturers says that reducing the average age of the fleet is “a priority” while ANFAC say that it is becoming increasingly necessary “to accelerate the withdrawal from circulation of older cars.” New vehicles offer highly advanced technologies in relation to the reduction of accidents,” they explain. In this regard, the association of Car Manufacturers points to the need to create plans that “promote faster fleet renewal.

Other arguments made by the association are with regard to the environmental impact posed by emissions from old cars. They say that “a car today emits 30% less CO2 than one that is 10 years old.” They also point to the money saving element for drivers as being one of the determining factors. “The new vehicles consume 30% less fuel.” These decreased costs coupled with efficient driving can save drivers 900 euros per year.

The figures show that currently, of the 2,786,881 vehicles registered in the Region, 746,209 have more than 15 years of age. Nationwide the average age of cars is 11.7 years.