We are a province that likes its vehicles. Basically, there is one registered for every resident of the province.
At the end of last year, 1,160,000 motor vehicles were registered in Saskatchewan, roughly the same number as our population and the pool of vehicles was pretty much growing at the same pace our population was expanding. That is an increase of roughly 30,000 over the levels we saw five years ago. But here are some of the interesting changes that are occurring inside the universe of transportation. We’re getting fewer new units so the overall fleet is aging.
We have fewer buses and more trailers – a lot more – as the total count in this category rose by 12,000.
But we’re all about light duty trucks, a descriptor that includes SUVs, pick-ups and vans. They account for 70-percent of all vehicles and nearly 90-percent of vehicles licensed for road travel.
And you can tell how larger equipment is reducing the number of farm machines and construction equipment needed to cover the province – that total fell from 8,000 units to 5,400 in five years.