Number of licensed motor vehicles increase on average by 29 per day

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Number of licensed motor vehicles increase on average by 29 per dayThe number of licensed motor vehicles stood at 361,552 at the end of March, this figure is up by 0.7 per cent over the previous quarter, the National Statistics Office said today. Making an increase on average of 29 vehicles per day, it said.

Of these, the NSO said that 78.8 per cent were passenger cars, 13.5 per cent were commercial vehicles, 6.5 per cent were motorcycles, while buses and minibuses accounted for less than one per cent.

During the first quarter the NSO said that 6,037 new licences were issued. The majority of new licences (4,746 or 78.6 per cent of the total) were issued to passenger cars, followed by goods-carrying vehicles with 650.

It added that newly-licensed ‘new’ motor vehicles amounted to 2,722 or 45.1 per cent of the total, and newly licensed ‘used’ motor vehicles totalled 3,315. During the first quarter of 2017, an average of 67 vehicles were newly licensed per day.

218,995 vehicles or 60.6 per cent of the total had petrol engines. Vehicles with diesel engines reached 140,478, or 38.9 per cent of the total, the NSO said.

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    3 Responses

    1. Dietmar Treptow says:

      This is to much for this little country – what do you think ?

    2. Peter llewellyn says:

      Thas car growth been going on for over a decade. Soon more cars than people. These islands have a serious problem, with links to traffic congestion, air pollution, obesity, energy consumption and ultimately the health of its population. From what I can see and hear, nobody in the leadership has the courage, vision or longer term strategy to address this.

    3. Nigel Baker says:

      The increase in the number of vehicles on the roads has been going on for the last 100 years, never mind the last decade! It is a world-wide problem and certainly not peculiar to Malta and Gozo. It is a monumental problem and one that won’t be solved for as long as people cherish their cars. Massive investment is required in efficient, reliable and cheap public transport, but don’t hold your breath with that happening any time soon!

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