Drop in new vehicle registrations

MUSCAT: The number of new vehicles registered by the Royal Oman Police (ROP) in 2015 stood at 167,068, down from 193,156 vehicles registered during the previous year. In 2014, new vehicle registration count rose by 10 per cent as compared to the previous year’s figure, according to the ROP Statistical Yearbook, 2015. According to the statistics, the number of vehicles that underwent technical inspection in 2015 rose by 88,833 as compared to the year before. The total number of driving licenses issued in 2015 rose by 90,356, an increase of 7 per cent, compared to the previous year. The number of car accidents causing death dropped by 15 per cent in 2015. Muscat Governorate registered the most number of road accidents (2,107), followed by Al Dakhiliyah Governorate with 1,001 road accidents.