An average of 68 vehicles were licensed daily in 2017 on Maltese roads for a total of over 370,000 licensed vehicles.
An annual report on transport in Malta, issued by the National Statistics Office, shows that vehicle emissions increased by 12% in seven years, while just under 300,000 traffic contraventions were issued in a year.
In 2017, speed cameras in Malta detected 214 vehicles daily speeding with excessive velocity for a total of almost 80,000 contraventions in one year. The most cases of vehicles speeding occurred in Triq Nutar Zarb, in Attard where some 12,286 speeding cases were detected with an average of almost 34 daily contraventions. Next was the Siġġiewi bypass with 9,000 contraventions.
The traffic related contraventions were issued by Police, local wardens and Transport Malta officers. The contraventions were issued mostly in Sliema (16,098), Valletta (15,267) and Qormi (14,523).
The NSO report said that some 15,000 traffic accidents occurred in 2017, in which 1,873 persons were injured. The highest amount of accidents were reported in Birkirkara. Accidents occurred mostly between mid-day and 3.00 in the afternoon, with 361 cases occurring during the first week of August, while the least cases were surprisingly reported on Christmas Day.
During 2017, 334 vehicles were reported stolen – an increase of 30.5% over the previous year. 190 vehicles were recovered, while Gozo registered the least cases of stolen vehicles.