Registrations down 26.6%; decline prominent in private vehicles

Muscat - 

A prominent decline was marked in registration of private vehicles, taxis, motorbikes and tractors.

Data from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) shows that the number of vehicles registered during the period this year was 95,540 against 130,157 last year.

A prominent decline was marked in registration of private vehicles, taxis, motorbikes and tractors. Registrations of private vehicles went down by 36.3 per cent to 64,699 from 101,572. The categories witnessing a rise in registrations were government, driving school vehicles, commercial and rental vehicles.

Registrations of government vehicles went up 19.5 per cent to reach 2,092 (1,751 till November 2014), while driving school vehicles logged a rise of 3.1 per cent, with a total of 168 (163 in 2014). The growth in commercial and rental vehicles stood at 11.2 per cent (22,703) and 8.3 per cent (4,279) respectively.

The registrations of taxis came down 31.2 per cent to 659 from 958 in 2014 and that of tractors fell 37.5 per cent to 55 from 88 last year. During the period 812 motorbikes were registered, posting a decline of 30.6 per cent.

Till November last year, 1,170 motorbikes were registered. The number of vehicles registered by various diplomatic missions too dropped 20.7 per cent with just 73 registrations till November-end. This number till November last year was 92.

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