WHY IS IT GETTING WORSE?
Forget the increasing number of licensed cars on the road: cars don’t drive themselves (yet). Population has been on the rise for at least three decades (see link ). The same can be said for life expectancy. While our elderly continue to be active (and drive) in their later years, they may also need frequent trips to the hospitals.
The immigration of expert staff by the successful gaming and financial sector as well as immigration of unskilled labour for work not supplied by the newly affluent Maltese is a recent reality. These all acquire cars once established.
More people = more cars
GDP has also been on a steady increase for the last two decades. This can be translated into many things that affect traffic:
• More women have joined the workforce making the purchase and use of another car both affordable and worthwhile. Think about the congestion on the first day of school.
• More specialised workers whose skills are not demanded within their town but in specific business hubs.
• More affluent households affording a car per family member.
• Tourist numbers have risen progressively over the years and in all months of the year. These all require ferrying while staff needs to travel from all over the country to serve them in the touristy hubs.
While the Maltese population and its car use intensified the road infrastructure did not expand in proportion.