Recently released statistics from the National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) reveal that vehicles registered until the end of April 2014, (including new cars, exported cars and cars with plate numbers changed) increased by 5.7% compared with the same period in 2013. The total number of vehicles registered by the end of April 2014 increased to 45,274 when compared with 42,847 vehicles registered in the same period in 2013.
According to the NCSI report, the growth is attributed to the increase in the number of new registrations of private cars by 14.9%, growing from 30,607 cars registered by the end of April 2013 to 35,160 cars during the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, new registrations for government vehicles by the end of April 2014 stood at 775 vehicles verses 625 vehicles during the same period in 2013, reflecting an increase of 24%. Motorcycles registrations also increased by 11.2% by the end of April 2014 with 456 motorcycles registered compared with 410 motorcycles registered during the same period in 2013.
Other vehicle registrations witnessed a decline by the end of April 2014 when compared with the same period in 2013. Commercial vehicles registered a decline of 16.6%, while registrations of rental cars fell by 38.5%. During the same period new registrations for taxis declined by 29.3%, and registration of tractors was stable with 36 tractors. The report also revealed that on a month by month basis new registrations of private vehicles recorded 8,429 cars in January 2014, falling to 8,125 cars in February, 9,061 registrations in March, and reaching 9,545 registrations in April 2014.
On a month by month basis, new registrations for Government vehicles saw 131 vehicles registered in January 2014, 251 registrations in February, 108 registrations in March, and 285 vehicle registrations recorded in April 2014.