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No. of vehicles increases by 9%

The number of vehicles in Bhutan increased by 9.15% from 2016 to 2017, according to the Info-Comm and Transport Statistics 2018 released by the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The total number of vehicles in the country as of December 2017 reached 92,008 compared to 84,297 vehicles in 2016.

However, the annual vehicle growth rate decreased to 9.15 in 2017 from 12.11 percent in 2016.

In terms of vehicle distribution, 51.9% of total vehicles are registered under Thimphu region, 34.9% under Phuentsholing region, 6.2% under Gelephu region, 5.3% under Samdrup Jongkhar region and 1.6% under Monggar region respectively as of March 31, 2018.

Mahindra Bolero was the most imported vehicle last year. The number of taxis also rose by about 5.37% in 2017.

In 2017, the heavy vehicle category like trucks for freight and passenger buses owned by institutions saw a slight increase of 3.02 % that is 286 more heavy vehicles after adjusting for new and off road vehicles, thereby taking the total to 9,766.

The total number of medium vehicles and bus seating between 13 to 24 passengers in 2017, after adjusting new and off road vehicles, decreased by about 190 numbers or by 11.84 % compared to 2016.

After adjusting new and off road vehicles, 5,373 light vehicles were added to the Bhutanese roads in 2017 that is an increase of 9.9 % from 2016, taking the total number of light vehicles to 59,653.

In 2017, the two-wheelers segment saw an increase of 524 or 5.4 % after adjusting new and off road vehicles, taking the total number of two-wheelers to 10,165.

The total number of taxis in the country increased by about 5.37% in 2017 or by 227 numbers compared to 2016. In 2017, Monggar region had an increase of 127.9% in its taxi number followed by Gelephu region with and increase of 36.33%, Thimphu region by 3.3% and SamdrupJongkhar region by 1.5%. However, Phuentsholing region saw its taxi number decrease by 4.5%.

The total revenue from motor vehicles collected by Royal Safety and Transport Authority in June 2016 to July 2017 was Nu 397.299mn.

According to the traffic division, the Royal Bhutan Police and RSTA, the overall number of motor vehicles crashes and casualties in 2016 was 726. In 2017, it  increased to 862: Thimphu had 506,  the highest followed by Paro with 174.

The annual Info-Comm and Transport Statistical Bulletin is published every year to disseminate up-to date data on ICT, media, transport and postal services in the country.

Pema Seldon from Thimphu