Motorcycles more popular
There were more than 49,000 motor vehicles registered with the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing here in 2010, according to records provided to the Caymanian Compass this week.
Those registrations include not only cars – of which there were more than 44,000, including rental vehicles – but also heavy trucks, buses and motorcycles, which are all registered separately.
The total number of registered vehicles represents a 2.5 per cent increase in registrations the department recorded for 2009.
However, vehicle and licensing department officials are quick to point out that the 49,208 figure for registered autos is just that, the number of vehicles that have registered.
“You’ll find that there are more vehicles here than that,” said Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing Deputy Director Richard Simms. “There will always be some vehicles that are not registered, but still being driven.”
Mr. Simms said the department has no accurate way to keep track of how many unregistered cars there might be in the Islands.
Vehicle registration figures showed a small overall increase, about 2.5 per cent, in personal cars being driven between 2009 and 2010.
There was a much larger increase in the number of registered motorcycles being kept in Cayman. According to department records, motorcycle registrations went from 1,593 in 2009 to 1,788 in 2010, roughly a 20 per cent increase.
The number of most other types of registered vehicles stayed the same or dropped slightly. For instance, the number of registered taxis dropped by five in 2010, and the number of rental cars kept here fell by about 50 vehicles.
The number of large trucks (over three tons), buses and coaches stayed almost exactly the same from year to year.
Government population estimates for 2009 – the most recent year available – put the total number of people living in Cayman at just below 53,000. The total number of registered vehicles in the Islands that year was 48,035; the total number of personal cars registered that year was 40,879.
Official population estimates for 2010 have not been released.
The 2009 figures stated that 92 per cent of the country’s population lived on Grand Cayman, and about 52 per cent of the population lived in the George Town area.
The labour force survey for 2009, prepared by the government economics and statistics office, revealed that the total working-age population (15 and older) in Cayman was 42,885.
The total labour force for the year, including both employed and unemployed people, was 36,100.
Statistics compiled by the government in previous years have indicated that at least 80 per cent of households in Cayman have at least one registered vehicle. Roughly 10 per cent of households from that statistics survey reported having three or more vehicles registered.