60.3 per cent of all vehicles in Malta run on petrol, and diesel engine vehicles account for 39.0 per cent of the total, while electric and hybrid vehicles account for less than 0.5 per cent of the entire stock, according to the National Statistics Office.
Administrative data from Transport Malta showed that by the end of March 2018, the stock of licensed motor vehicles stood at 375,041. During this quarter, the stock of licensed vehicles increased at a net average rate of 33 vehicles per day.
New licences issued during the period under review amounted to 6,573. The majority of new licences, 5,022 or 76.4 per cent of the total, were issued for passenger cars; followed by goods-carrying vehicles with 764 or 11.6 per cent. Newly-licensed ‘new’ motor vehicles amounted to 2,871 or 43.7 per cent of the total, whereas newly licensed ‘used’ motor vehicles totalled 3,702 or 56.3 per cent.
During the first quarter of this year, 7,531 vehicles were taken off the roads due to a restriction. Out of these, 39.0 per cent were put for resale, 30.8 per cent were scrapped, while garaged vehicles amounted to 28.1 per cent. Vehicles that had their restriction ending during the quarter under review totalled 3,908. The majority were recorded as being for resale (2,708) or garaged (1,163).