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STATISTICS MALTA

Malta: Motor Vehicles in Q3/2022

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Motor Vehicles in Q3 2022In the third quarter of 2022, the stock of licensed motor vehicles increased by 3,322 over the previous quarter.

At the end of September 2022, the stock of licensed motor vehicles stood at 422,576. Out of this total, 74.9 per cent were passenger cars, 13.6 per cent were commercial motor vehicles, 10.3 per cent were motorcycles/quadricycles/E-kick scooters and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), while buses and minibuses amounted to less than one per cent (Table 1). During the quarter under review, the stock of licensed motor vehicles increased at a net average rate of 36 motor vehicles per day (Chart 2).

Newly licensed motor vehicles
Newly licensed motor vehicles put on the road during the period under review amounted to 6,013. The majority of newly licensed motor vehicles, 3,287 or 54.7 per cent of the total, were passenger cars, followed by motorcycles/PA-bikes/E-bikes with 1,648 or 27.4 per cent. Newly licensed ‘new’ motor vehicles amounted to 4,051 or 67.4 per cent of the total, whereas newly licensed ‘used’ motor vehicles totalled 1,962 or 32.6 per cent (Tables 2-4). An average of 65 motor vehicles per day were newly licensed during the quarter under review (Chart 3).

Motor vehicles under restriction
During the third quarter of 2022, 6,845 motor vehicles were taken off the road due to restrictions. Out of these, 35.7 per cent were scrapped, 31.5 per cent were resold, while 30.7 per cent were garaged.

Motor vehicles that had their restriction ending during the quarter under review totalled 4,537. The majority were recorded as being garaged (52.2 per cent) or resold (46.9 per cent) (Tables 5-6).

Motor energy type

As at the end of September 2022, 248,505 motor vehicles or 58.8 per cent of the total had petrol-powered engines. Diesel-powered motor vehicles reached 155,791 or 36.9 per cent of the total. Electric and plug-in hybrid motor vehicles accounted for 2.6 per cent of the entire stock, with a total of 10,805 motor vehicles. When compared to the previous quarter, increases of 58.3 per cent, 16.7 per cent and 15.9 per cent were registered in the plug-in hybrid (diesel-electric), mild hybrid (diesel-electric) and plug-in hybrid (petrol-electric) motor vehicles respectively (Table 7).

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