Malta could soon have more cars than people, if new figures are anything to go by.
The number of vehicles on Malta’s roads now stands at an astonishing 394,955, according to National Statistics Office in Valletta.
That’s an incredible rise of 12,350 in just a year.
To put things into perspective, the human population in Malta is currently around 493,560 – an increase of nearly 100,000 in 12 years.
The latest transport figures show an average of 33 cars a day were added to Malta’s roads between July and September.
The unstoppable increase in car ownership is one of the major reasons for the island’s traffic jam nightmare, according to experts.
And it seems that moves to encourage drivers to switch from petrol to electric cars are yet to catch on in Malta.
At the end of September, almost 60 per cent of vehicles had petrol-powered engines.
Around 38 per cent were diesel and just 0.9 per cent were electric.