For the first time in years the Maltese have chosen to buy more new vehicles than used ones. This emerges from statistics published by the NSO.
Between April and June, 65 vehicles per day were registered on Maltese roads . In the same period the stock of licensed vehicles increased by an average of 43 per day. Figures from the National Statistics Office (NSO) show that until last June the number of licensed vehicles on Maltese roads exceeded four hundred and eight thousand.
TVM asked the Executive Chairman of the Malta Road Safety Council Pierre Vella if these increases are sustainable. He said that if there is a demand for them, a decision must eventually be made.
“The Authorities have to make a decision. We need to shift our mode of transport from one way to another. The public service knows that there have been many initiatives to encourage those to use it. We have also had a shift towards electric vehicles.”
Mr Vella said that thanks to the grants given to people to invest in an electric vehicle, old cars were removed from the road and there was also an expansion in the ferry service.
For the first time in many years there was also a shift, with Maltese choosing more new vehicles than used vehicles.
“We are seeing a shift towards the way cars are being bought and we have a positive balance where we are looking at new cars. The fact that you have new cars means that the lifespan of the car is decreasing – so from the standpoint of age it will definitely be beneficial. ”
Meanwhile, NSO figures also show that three out of four licensed vehicles are passenger vehicles, while only one in ten vehicles are motorcycles, quadbikes or ATVs.
Mr Vella added that usually when one returns home after work one finds the road packed with cars when earlier in the day the same road is empty.
“So what are you left with? You have a shift of cars moving from place to place and maybe what’s negative isn’t the amount of cars but people who want to only use their cars. OK I understand there is the element of comfort but then when you look at cars and see cars being driven with a single passenger, i.e. the driver, you realise that mass transportation that would be more effective. ”
Asked about the capacity of the infrastructure for all these vehicles, Mr Vella replied that the work done in recent years has been positive and has had an effect, but one must remember that the country is an island and doesn’t have much leeway for the purposes of expansion.