Average of 58 motor vehicles a day were newly licensed during first three months of 2020

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At the end of March 2020, the stock of licensed motor vehicles stood at 397,391. This data was published on Monday by the National Statistics Office, NSO.

According to the data out of the 397,391, 77.1% were passenger cars, 13.8% commercial motor vehicles, 8.0% were motorcycles/ quadricycles and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), while buses and minibuses amounted to less than 1%.

The data shows that the stock of licensed motor vehicles decreased at a net average rate of one motor vehicle per day when compared to the previous quarter, which means a decrease of 117 motor vehicles.

Statistics in this News Release should be interpreted in context to the unprecedented developments related to COVID-19.

Newly licensed motor vehicles

Newly licensed motor vehicles put on the road during the first three months of this year amounted to 5,269.

The majority of the newly licensed motor vehicles, 3,751 or 71.2% of the total, were passenger cars, followed by

goods carrying vehicles with 688 or 13.1%.

Newly licensed ‘new’ motor vehicles amounted to 2,207 or 41.9% of the total, whereas newly licensed ‘used’ motor vehicles totalled 3,062 which means 58.1%.  

An average of 58 motor vehicles per day were newly licensed during the quarter under review.

Motor vehicles under restriction

During the first quarter of this year, 8,670 motor vehicles were taken off the roads due to a restriction.

Out of these, 46.8% were garaged, 27.3% were put up for resale, while scrapped motor vehicles

amounted to 23.6% of the total.

Motor engine type

As at the end of last month, 236,274 motor vehicles had petrol-powered engines. Diesel-powered motor vehicles reached 154,634 of the total.

Electric and hybrid motor vehicles accounted for 1.2% of the entire stock, with a total of 4,803 motor vehicles.

When compared to the previous quarter, increases of 6.6%, 14.3% and 7.0% were registered in the electric, hybrid/diesel and hybrid/petrol motor vehicles.