Licensed vehicles increase at an average rate of 33 per day
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There were 375,041 licensed motor vehicles recorded by the end of March this year, the National Statistics Office said today. This was an increase of 3.7% over the same quarter last year, an average of 33 vehicles per day.
The administrative data obtained from Transport Malta shows that out of this total, 78.3% were passenger cars, 13.6% were commercial vehicles, 7.0% were motorcycles/quadricycles and All Terrain Vehicle’s (ATV), while buses and minibuses amounted to less than 1%, the NSO said.
There were 6,573 new licences issued during the period under review. The NSO noted that the majority of new licences, 5,022 or 76.4% of the total, were issued for passenger cars.
7,531 vehicles were taken off the roads due to a restriction during the first quarter Out of these, 39.0% were put for resale, 30.8% were scrapped, while garaged vehicles amounted to 28.1%,
226,083 vehicles or 60.3% of the total, were petrol engines. Vehicles with diesel engines reached 146,192 or 39.0% of the total. The NSO said that electric and hybrid vehicles still accounted for less than 0.5%of the entire stock, with a total of 1,426 circulating on our roads.