New research from the National Statistics Office shows the Maltese love of getting behind the wheel isn’t slowly down. Transport Malta found that at the end of March, the number of licensed motor vehicles stood at 387,775 - an increase of 3.4 per cent over the same quarter in 2018.
Breaking down those figures, the report revealed that 77.8 per cent were passenger cars, 13.6 per cent were commercial vehicles and 7.5 per cent were motorcycles/quadricycles and AllTerrain Vehicles (ATVs). The remaining 1 per cent was made up of buses and minibuses.
This means an average of 27 extra vehicles were put onto the road every day.
A closer look at the report found that the number of newly licensed vehicles amounted to 6,526. The majority of the newly licensed vehicles, 4,932 (75.6 per cent) were passenger cars, followed by goods-carrying vehicles with 782 (12 per cent). Newly licensed ‘new’ motor vehicles amounted to 2,669 (40.9 per cent) whereas newly licensed ‘used’ motor vehicles totalled 3,857 (59.1 per cent).
When comparing which vehicles used petrol versus diesel, Transport Malta says 232,600 vehicles (60.0 per cent) ran on petrol and the remaining 150,986 (38.9 per cent) were powered by diesel.
Electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 0.7 per cent of the entire stock, with a total of 2,692 vehicles.