The number of licensed vehicles on Maltese roads keeps rising, with new statistics showing an increase of almost 1 per cent over the previous quarter.

At the end of June this year, the stock of licensed motor vehicles stood at 352,671, the National Statistics Office has reported. Of these, 79.1 per cent were passenger cars, 13.6 per cent were commercial vehicles, 6.2 per cent were motorcycles, while buses and minibuses accounted for less than one per cent. During this quarter the stock of licensed vehicles has increased at an average rate of 36 vehicles per day. 

5,857 new licences were issued during the period under review, with the majority (4,186, or 71.5 per cent of the total) issued to passenger cars, followed by motorcycles with 1,055. Newly-licensed ‘new’ motor vehicles amounted to 2,890, or

Newly-licensed ‘new’ motor vehicles amounted to 2,890, or 49.3 per cent of the total, and newly licensed ‘used’ motor vehicles totalled 2,967. During the second quarter of 2016, newly licensed motorcycles increased by 57.0 per cent over the same period last year, the NSO said. 

60.8 per cent of all vehicles run on motor engines, with 38.7 per cent running on diesel. Statistics also revealed that there are 278 registered electric vehicles and 522 hybrids.

Correction: This article was amended on 2 August to reflect that 38.7 per cent of vehicles run on diesel. The original mistakenly quoted the figure as 30.8 per cent.

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