Fewer cars on the road

At the end of 2012, the stock of licensed motor vehicles stood at 314,510, down by 0.1 per cent over the previous quarter, the National Statistics Office said.

Of these, 79.4 per cent were passenger cars, 14.5 per cent were commercial vehicles, five per cent were motor­cycles, while buses and minibuses accounted for fewer than one per cent.

New licences issued between September and December amounted to 3,791. The majority of new licences (3,080 or 81.2 per cent of the total) were issued to passenger cars, followed by goods-carrying vehicles with 394.

Newly licensed “new” motor vehicles amounted to 1,819, or 48.0 per cent of the total, and newly licensed “used” motor vehicles totalled 1,972.

A total of 41 vehicles were exported, 2,571 were garaged and 2,691 were scrapped.

Source: Times of Malta

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