More vehicles than licences in Qld

RACQ has encouraged motorists to consider the costs of car ownership after figures revealed there were half a million more vehicles registered in Queensland than the number of people licensed to drive them.

The Brisbane Times reported the Department of Transport and Main Roads data revealed the number of licences in Queensland on 30 June this year was 3,806,397 and the number of vehicles registered was 4,414,826.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was not surprising there were more registered vehicles than drivers.

“In six years we have seen families increasing their fleet of vehicles, with the number of registered campervans has grown by 28.7 percent and light commercial vans are up 21.6 percent,” Ms Ritchie said.

“We know caravan and motorhome sales are also higher possibly because overseas trips were cancelled during the pandemic, forcing people to holiday at home instead this year.”

Ms Ritchie said the 2016 census also revealed an 18.1 percent increase in the number of three car households in Greater Brisbane.

“We would encourage motorists to consider the full cost of owning and running multiple vehicles and whether you should consider downsizing or selling to save money,” she said.

Running costs really add up and you could save thousands of dollars a year by swapping a vehicle for public transport, walking, cycling or a scooter.

“Check out our car running costs comparison and work out if its worth keeping those extra vehicles on the road.”