Changing vehicle equation

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Import of microbuses and minibuses down, two-wheelers and large buses up

The equation of vehicles in Nepal has changed these days. Statistics show that the change has occurred at a time when small and medium-sized vehicles has created chaos in traffic management.  

The import of small and medium-sized public vehicles has decreased in the fiscal year 2073/74 (mid-July 2016 to mid-July 2017), according to the Department of Transport Management (DoTM). Import of motorcycles and scooters for personal use, and large public buses has increased even as that of microbuses and minibuses has slumped down.

According to DoTM, import of two-wheelers has increased by 86,000 in comparison to the preceding fiscal year but that of cars and jeeps has decreased.

Similarly, import of large buses with capacity of more than 35 seats has increased comparatively in the fiscal year 2073/74 to 989. But the import of microbus, minibus meant for public usage has decreased. The statistics show that the import of microbuses has fallen by 26 percent and that of minibuses by 56.52 percent.

"As the government came up with the policy of prioritizing large buses by discouraging small-sized ones, the entrepreneurs have started to focus on bringing large buses," Spokesperson of DoTM Tokraj Pandey said. The government is also providing concession on customs while importing large buses.

Two-wheelers constituted a whopping 354,071 to the total import of vehicles of 444,259 vehicles in the last fiscal year. Likewise, 21,212 jeeps and vans have been registered in the department.

The import of tractors and power trailers meant for agro uses is recorded at 17,085 while that of cranes/dozers/excavators/trucks is recorded at 12,712. According to DoTM, at least 10,675 pickup vans were imported in the country last year.

Meanwhile, import of tempos has surged by six times to 17,782 from 2,613 in the preceding year. Entrepreneurs attribute the growing popularity of electrical tempos to the fuel shortage suffered during the Indian blockade.

A total of 2,783,428 vehicles have been registered in Nepal until now, according to the DoTM. A stands whopping 2,189,099 out of that are two-wheelers, and just 78,257 are cars/jeeps/vans.



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