Big Island records fewer registered vehicles
HILO, Hawaii — After more than a decade of growth, the number of registered vehicles on the Big Island has fallen for the second year in a row.
The manager of Hawaii County’s Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division, Lee Lord, says the overall number of vehicles registered on the Big Island last year fell by nearly 3,800 to 171,700. The drop includes 2,300 fewer cars and trucks.
Lord suggests the bad economy may have triggered the drop in the number of registered vehicles, that residents are looking for more economical forms of transport.
The decline means less money for the cash-strapped county. Lord says its share of registration fees fell by nearly $73,000 to $1.4 million in 2009.
Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hilohawaiitribune.com