Mangaluru: People's preference to own vehicles reflects in increased post-Covid sales

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Dec 5: In spite of the impact of deadly coronavirus infection, Dakshina Kannada district has witnessed a significant increase in the sale of motor vehicles. The trend, witnessed last year, has got further fillip this time.

Specifically after the Covid second wave i e., June this year, there has been an impressive increase in the number of vehicle buyers. As per information obtained from the regional transport office Mangaluru, 10,552 two-wheelers and 3,557 cars have been registered after June till now. Between June 2019 and May 2020, 22,659 two wheelers and 6,574 cars had been registered. Till May 2021 thereafter, a nominal increase witnessed, with 25,702 two wheelers and 7,957 cars having been registered. Thereafter, the sales picked up further.

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It is increasingly becoming evident that the people are shying away from public transport. The owners and staff of buses whose spirits have dampened, rue the fact that other than during the rush hours, passengers have not been patronising their services. As the buses were off the roads for a few months, the middle class and workers had to buy two-wheelers. As petrol prices rose, many moved towards owning EV vehicles, reasons regional transport officer here, R M Varnekar.

In Puttur regional transport office, 19,494 vehicles were registered from January 1, 2020 to December that year. From January 1, 2021 to November 16, 2021, 21,792 vehicles were registered. In Bantwal RTO office too, the registration of vehicles went up from 18,602 from January 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020. From January 1, 2021 to November 16, 2021, 19,697 vehicles were registered.

On the contrary there has been a marginal decrease in the registration of vehicles in Udupi regional transport office. As against 23,213 vehicles registered for the year 2020, 21,001 vehicles were registered till October 2021.





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  • Eulalia D'Souza, Bejai / Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Increased fear of Covid spreading in public transport since neither passengers nor bus staff takes are of precautions. So people do not mind spending a little extra amount to buy vehicles and be safe. After all life is more important than money or wealth. No doubt more vehicles means more traffic. I am not sure if any authoritative person will read this, but we should have a proper traffic system in place. Have a separate lane for just the two wheeler vehicles, say the left side of the road, a sufficient lane for all the two wheeler vehicles. They must travel within that lane, this system in my opinion will reduce traffic woes and traffic chaos in our city. Erratic style of two wheeler riders always posses a huge danger to the other motor vehicles.

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    My request to the local administration, we need one simple flyover spanning traffic from kerala to kadri skipping the nantoor to kushekar traffic underneath......pls do it quickly b4 its too late

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  • Pranam, Moodabidri/Mumbai

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    DK district has more purchasing power than any city in Karnataka

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Your comments make no sense ! Who is poor ? who has no money? All drama. Jossey any advise ? why crying all the time ?

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  • Raju, Karkala

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Acche din aagaye.

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Lol.... this is due to poor Road condition ... don't blame covid for everything, this days its a trend to blame covid.

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  • N S Shetty, Surathkal

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Sign of our Times !! Stricter norms of Licencing should be enforced....Driving is becoming a nightmare in this Smart n 100 % Literate city. Parking is very difficult to find. Parking lots have been encroached upon. Around 100 vehicles added every day to our Streets...God save us all. Rash and Negligient driving has become a norm.. Might is Right.... Driving Etiquettes should be thought in Colleges/Car driving schools and RTA offices...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Then people are complaining due to pandemic, they have no money, businesses run into money for petrol/tomatoes/neerulli...... Now ?? Having own vehicle is sufficient? Dont have to pay for petrol/diesel ???

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 05 2021

    Health is more important than money.

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