Information from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) indicated that as at the end of June 2018, total number of licensed motor vehicles dropped by 2.3% year-on-year to 238,006, of which light motorcycles (27,172) and light automobiles (106,968) decreased by 14.2% and 2.3% respectively, whereas heavy motorcycles (96,196) grew by 1.7%. New registration of motor vehicles fell by 4.4% year-on-year to 3,340 in the second quarter, yet rose by 3.3% year-on-year to 7,495 in the first half year of 2018 attributable to a 34.1% increase in light automobiles (3,153).
There were 3,333 cases of traffic accidents in the second quarter of 2018 and number of victims totalled 1,034, down by 8.2% and 9.4% respectively year-on-year. In the first half year of 2018, number of traffic accidents decreased by 5.4% year-on-year to 6,817 cases, resulting in 2,184 casualties and 5 of them were killed.
Cross-border vehicular traffic totalled 1,223,468 in the second quarter of 2018, up by 2.1% year-on-year. In the first half year of 2018, cross-border vehicular traffic rose by 2.1% year-on-year to 2,423,001, of which traffic through the Checkpoint of Cotai (29.6% of total) increased by 15.2%, but that through the Border Gate (69.6%) dropped by 2.6%. Passenger ferry movements between Macao and Mainland China and between Macao and Hong Kong went down by 6.7% year-on-year to 33,105 trips in the second quarter, and movements in the first half year of 2018 fell by 6.0% to 66,491 trips.
Commercial flight movements at the Macau International Airport totalled 15,029 in the second quarter of 2018, up by 11.5% year-on-year. In the first half year of 2018, commercial flight movements increased by 13.2% year-on-year to 29,853; flight movements to and from Mainland China, Thailand and Taiwan grew by 17.2%, 14.3% and 2.6% respectively, while those to and from the Republic of Korea dropped by 9.9%. Helicopter flight movements between Macao and Mainland China and between Macao and Hong Kong went up by 9.1% year-on-year to 3,243 in the second quarter, while movements in the first half year of 2018 rose by 5.0% to 6,394.
Gross weight of containerized cargo by land dropped by 14.0% year-on-year to 4,127 tonnes in the second quarter of 2018, whereas that of seaborne containerized cargo rose by 4.6% to 42,232 tonnes. Seaborne container throughput amounted to 33,779 TEU, equivalent to 22,951 containers handled, up by 6.4% and 4.0% respectively. In the first half year of 2018, gross weight of containerized cargo by land decreased by 13.2% year-on-year to 7,254 tonnes, of which cargo passing through the Checkpoint of Cotai (6,900 tonnes) accounted for 95.1%; and gross weight of seaborne containerized cargo fell by 3.7% year-on-year to 80,524 tonnes, with 51.4% (41,382 tonnes) passing through the Inner Harbour. Seaborne container throughput grew by 6.7% year-on-year to 66,279 TEU in the first half year, equivalent to 45,190 containers handled, up by 4.5%.
In the second quarter of 2018, the Macau International Airport handled 10,146 tonnes of air cargo, up by 5.7% year-on-year. Air cargo increased by 9.3% year-on-year to 18,947 tonnes in the first half year of 2018, with inward cargo (3,340 tonnes) and outward cargo (12,183 tonnes) rising by 13.9% and 14.0% respectively. Taiwan was the major origin and destination of inward and outward air cargo, constituting 55.4% and 45.6% of the respective total. Meanwhile, transit cargo (3,424 tonnes) dropped by 7.8%.
As at the end of June 2018, number of fixed-line telephone subscribers decreased by 5.0% year-on-year to 128,464. Number of mobile phone subscribers rose by 18.1% to 2,383,285, of which stored-value GSM card subscribers (1,625,117) accounted for 68.2%. Number of internet subscribers increased by 9.2% year-on-year to 411,147. In the second quarter of 2018, the cumulative duration of internet usage fell by 1.1% year-on-year to 307 million hours, and the duration of usage reached 617 million hours in the first half year of 2018, up by 1.1%.