Dubai saw an 82.5 percent slump in the number of new cars being registered in 2009, the result of the credit crunch and the advent of the metro system, officials have said.
According to a senior Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) official, the falling trend seems to have continued in the first few months of this year, Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.
From a high of 142,121 new vehicles registered in Dubai in 2008, the number dropped to just 24,883 last year.
Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of the RTA’s Licensing Agency, told the paper: “Private vehicles are no more the most preferred means of transport for many people.
"With the advent of metro in Dubai and a wider and enhanced public bus network, more people are preferring to use the mass transit system."
He said that "the troubled economic situation" was another reason for the drop in numbers.
"It’s no longer easy to buy a car or go for a driving licence for many people. With cheaper and convenient alternatives like metro and buses available, people are making a practical choice rather than going for extravagance,” Bahrozyan told the paper.
Last month, it was reported that since 2005 when the RTA took over as the public transport operator of the emirate, the use of public transport has doubled from six to 12 percent.
The RTA said it was confident that the figure will reach 30 percent by 2020.For all the latest UAE news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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