Botswana vehicle stock down

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Vehicles run on the Kazungula bridge linking Botswana and Zambia on May 10, 2021. Botswana and Zambia on Monday jointly opened the Kazungula bridge, which is composed of a roadway and a rail track over the Zambezi river that connects the two countries, as well as a one-stop border post. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua)
Vehicles run on the Kazungula bridge linking Botswana and Zambia on May 10, 2021. Botswana and Zambia on Monday jointly opened the Kazungula bridge, which is composed of a roadway and a rail track over the Zambezi river that connects the two countries, as well as a one-stop border post. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua)

National vehicle stock in Botswana decreased by 3.6 percent in 2020 when compared to 2019, from 601,190 vehicles to 579,789, said Statistician General for Statistics Botswana Burton Mguni, adding that most of the vehicles were passenger cars and vans.

Despite the drop in vehicle stock last year, Statistics Botswana has highlighted that the national vehicle stock increased at an average annual rate of 6.4 percent between 2011 and 2020.

Mguni highlighted that the passenger cars dominated first registrations, at 71.6 percent of the total while vans followed with 9.1 percent.

The vehicle category with the least number of first registrations was motorcycles with 0.6 percent, Mguni said.

Meanwhile according to Statistics Botswana, vehicles registered for the first time in Botswana fall under three categories: used, brand new and rebuilt.

The data authority said most of the vehicles registered for the first time in 2020 were used, constituting 79.2 percent of the total and followed by brand new vehicles at 20.7 percent and rebuilt vehicles constituting only 0.1 percent. Enditem

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