Passenger cars accounted for 78.8 per cent of total licensed motor vehicles in 2016, but motorcycles registered the largest increase, at 16 per cent, over 2015, according to a new publication by the National Statistics Office (NSO).
According to the NSO’s Transport Statistics 2017, the stock of licensed motor vehicles increased at an average net rate of 33 vehicles per day, and more than half of them were 'used'. The number of licensed motor vehicles per 1,000 residents went up to 780 from 770 in 2015. Just over 40 per cent of total driving license holders were female, an increase of over 1 per cent in seven years.
Vehicles actually outnumber people in the Gozo and Comino district, with 1,025 vehicles per 1,000 residents. Meanwhile, the Northern Harbour area registered the ‘lowest’ ratio with 689 vehicles per 1,000 residents.
Petrol engines marked a slight decrease while diesel vehicles increased - 60.7 per cent of total licensed vehicles had petrol engines (62.3 per cent in 2010), while the share of diesel engines increased by 1.2 percentage points over seven years.
While the number of reported traffic accidents decreased by 3.1 per cent over 2015, casualties rose – up by 8.2 per cent over 2015. The majority of victims in fatal accidents were the drivers (11), but three passengers, eight pedestrians and one cyclist were also killed in the same year. There were also a total of 256 vehicles reported stolen in 2016, 70 per cent of which were passenger cars.
Police and wardens issued a total of 281,195 traffic-related contraventions, while speed cameras contraventions totalled 73,257 or an average of 200 per day.