Number of operating vehicles India FY 1951-2017

In a country with the third largest road network in the world, the total number of vehicles in fiscal year 2017 stood at 253 million. Road travel seemed to be the preferred choice in India with over 60 percent of the population who used personal or shared vehicles for commute. Not only public commute, the industrial movement of goods through roads had also been on the rise with over two billion metric tons of freight transported through roads in 2016.

Demographics

The youth in the capital city of Delhi preferred to use public transport with over 40 and known to be best one of the best public networks in the country in 2018. In the southern cities of Hyderabad and Chennai however, personal two-wheelers were vehicles of choice for the young generation. This affection towards the easily-navigable two-wheelers was reflected in the sales volume, with an approximate 19 million two-wheelers sold in the country in 2016.

Road accidents

With the increase of motor bike sales in India, there was also a rise in the risks involved with them. With over 150 thousand road accidents in 2017, people using two-wheelers were most of the victims. Despite the downside, the number of motorcycles was likely to increase to make travelling within a mercilessly congested and not easily accessible network of roads within the large cities. Moreover, with continued urbanization and a consumer sector that continues to burgeon, the development of the automotive industry was expected to see continued growth.

Number of vehicles in operation across India from financial year 1951 to 2017

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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

India

Survey time period

FY 1951 to FY 2017

Supplementary notes

Note: India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2016 started in April 2015 and ended in March 2016.

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