Nfld. & Labrador

Vehicles outnumber people in Newfoundland and Labrador

There are more vehicles on Newfoundland and Labrador's roads than there are people living in the province.

More than 633,000 cars and trucks are registered in the province

There are more vehicles on Newfoundland and Labrador's roads than there are people living in the province with almost 633,000 cars and trucks of 2010. There are about 500,000 people living in the province.

Speaking at the Motor Vehicle Registration office in Mount Pearl, driver Bernie Dobbin believes he knows part of the reason why driving is so popular in the province.

"Our bussing system, transit system I suppose isn't really all that efficient for people who want to get around fast, especially if you live on the outskirts, right?"

But the 20 per cent increase in the number of vehicles registered since 2004 comes with a cost.

In St. John’s, more vehicles mean city streets need more maintenance.

"They're handling huge amounts of traffic every day of the week and the pavement just doesn't last as long as it used to years ago because of the extra wear and tear," said Paul Mackey, St. John’s director of Public Works.

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