Number of licensed vehicles in Malta close to 400,000

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The total number of licensed vehicles in Malta increased by 3.3 per cent in a year, said NSO. The number stood at 391,914 by the end of June this year, according to the data collected by Transport Malta.

Our of the total vehicles, more than 77 per cent were private cars, 13.6 per cent were commercial vehicles, over 7 per cent were motorcycles or similar mode of transport, and less than 1 per cent were buses or minibuses.

In the year 2019, the number of vehicles has increased at a rate of 45 vehicles per day. During the first quarter, 7439 new vehicles were registered in the island country.

At the same time, 7,503 vehicles were taken off the road at the same time because of restrictions imposed. Out of these vehicles, close to a third were put up for resale, 32.4 per cent were scrapped, and the rest were garaged.

Majority of the vehicles, i.e. almost 60 per cent, have petrol-powered engines. On the other hand, diesel-powered vehicles make 38.9 per cent of the total registered vehicles. Lastly, a small 0.8 per cent of the vehicles are electric-powered or hybrid.