Vehicle Registrations Show 8% Growth In Maharashtra In 2021

January 19, 2022

MUMBAI: Vehicle registrations in Maharashtra went up by 8% in 2021 compared to 2020, said state transport commissioner Avinash Dhakne on Tuesday.

In the Mumbai region, Thane was among the top three RTOs in the state when it came to both vehicle registrations and revenue earnings, after Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

The share of Mumbai vehicle registrations in 2021 stood around 10% of the state registrations.

More than 19.2 lakh new vehicles hit the roads of Maharashtra in 2021 compared to over 17.7 lakh registered in 2020. The registrations in 2021 stood just 17% short of pre-Covid times in 2019, when total vehicle registrations numbered 23.1 lakh.

In Mumbai, nearly 2 lakh vehicles were registered from January to December in 2021, of which the eastern suburbs (Wadala RTO) witnessed the highest registrations at 52,702.

The city registered 57,652 new cars and 1.24 lakh new bikes, and the rest were other categories of vehicles, such as buses and trucks, in 2021.

Dhakne said that despite the lockdown and restrictions during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, the 50 RTOs across the state collected a revenue of Rs 6,530 crore till January 13 in the ongoing financial year (2021-22).

A transport expert said that during the pandemic last year, several citizens chose to have their own cars or bikes for travel. It was not just for short-distance travel, but people planned road trips with families in their SUVs, sedans and hatchbacks to go to their hometowns or to any tourist destination within or outside the state. The reason was simple: avoid going out with family in local or long-distance trains or by flights for fear of catching infection.

Experts added that personal cars and bikes were also the best forms of social distancing compared to packed trains or buses.

Thane, which was among the top three RTOs in the state, registered 82,401 vehicles and earned a revenue of Rs 483 crore last year.

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