Cars and light vehicle registrations drive total vehicle registrations

Vehicle Registrations May 2017

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New Registrations
345 306 289 253

Vehicle registrations slightly rose over the month by 39 registrations (12.7%). This was due to an increase in private vehicle registrations. Cars increased the most by 30 registrations (27.8%), followed by light vehicles with 16 registrations (13.6%). This trend is similar to last year where May 2016 had the second peak point in vehicle registrations for the year. This was attributed to the return of Recognized Seasonal Employees (RSE) from Australia and New Zealand which also coincide with a $0.06 million (91.6%) rise in receipts from RSE. Similarly, vehicle import payments slightly rose by $0.6 million (55.8%).

Annually, the number of registered vehicles increased by 710 (23.7%) reflecting continued strong demand for vehicles. Majority of the annual increase in registered vehicles were for cars which rose by 296 (23.8%) followed by a 249 (21.8%) increase in light vehicle registrations. The rise in vehicle registrations was in line with the $0.3 million (56.5%) increase in banks’ vehicle loans over the year. Moreover, the increase in purchasing power of the returning Recognized Seasonal Employees (RSE) may have also contributed to the annual rise. The annual rise in the level of vehicle registrations can also be attributed to the availability of vehicles’ hire purchase, and the convenience of vehicle online purchasing.

Vehicle registrations are projected to increase firmly in the near term supported by the expected decline in oil prices for 2017/18, and the increase in the people’s purchasing power. Additionally, the anticipated growth for the tourism sector is expected to have positive spill-over effects on the transportation sector, and vehicle registrations, specifically for public transport, car rental providers, and taxis due to the high number of international arrivals.


Vehicle Registrations - May 2017
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