The total number of vehicles registered in the sultanate in 2020 was 1.557mn, an increase of 0.6 per cent compared to 2019, according to a recent update from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
Private vehicles topped the list of vehicles registered – 1,221,302 – followed by 239,639 commercial vehicles and 29,931 taxis.
Registration of rental, government (excluding military vehicles) and motorbikes dropped by 5.3 per cent, 2.3 per cent and 3.1 per cent, respectively, over the 2019 numbers.
There were 15,351 vehicles with temporary registration, including export and import vehicles, marking an increase of 27 per cent over the 2019 figures in the same category.
Among vehicle colours, white was the most preferred in the Sultanate, with as many as 671,606 white vehicles registered. Silver was the second most preferred colour (199,519), followed by gray (121,621).
Categorised on engine capacity, the NCSI report revealed that the majority of vehicles – 832,578 – were between 1,500cc and 3,000cc, while 353,489 vehicles had engine capacity between 3,001cc and 4,500cc. There were 200,993 vehicles with engine capacity of 4,500cc or more, while 118,907 vehicles had capacity of less than 1,500cc and 51,486 vehicles functioned without engines and were designed to be towed by another vehicle.
In terms of weight, the report stated that the majority of the vehicles – 1.1mn – weighed less than three tonnes, 45,717 vehicles weighed between three tonnes to seven tonnes, 38,357 vehicles between seven tonnes to ten tonnes, and 72,003 vehicles weighed more than ten tonnes.