Covid-19 reduces new vehicle registrations in February in Macau

2 April 2020

The number of new vehicle registrations registered a drop of 39.9% in February in year-on-year terms to 436, due to the fact that the registration service was temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, said the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau.

Macau had 240,600 vehicles registered at the end of February 2020, a marginal increase of 0.6% compared to February 2019, and those relative to cars (109,600) and motorcycles (99,900) rose by 1.3% and 2.1%, respectively, while scooters (23,700) fell by 7.6%.

Among the vehicles registered in February, the number of cars (222) and motorcycles (192) decreased by 21.3% and 53.2%, respectively. In the first two months of 2020 the number of registrations of new vehicles totalled 1,349, 31.0% down on the same period of last year.

The temporary closure of public services and various businesses and commercial establishments meant that there was a reduction in car traffic, which resulted in a marked drop in the number of accidents, which fell 62.6% year-on-year to 431.

There was also a significant reduction of 65.0% in the movement of cars through Macau’s border posts. Movement at the Portas do Cerco post (83,5000) decreased by 64.8% and the COTAI Border Post (24,200) was down by 78.8%.

The movement of vehicles on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge totalled 21,800, 11.2% more in the first two months of 2020 and the movement at border posts totalled 555,500, 33.1% less compared with the same period last year.

In the month under analysis there were 1,138 commercial flights at Macau International Airport, having fallen sharply 79.6% compared to the same month of 2019. (macauhub)