According to household consumption data for the last 10 years, transportation expenditures grew by 68% and almost reached the same level as food expenditures. In the last 6 months, the number of registered motor vehicles increased by 460 thousand 639 units, while the biggest share was 277 thousand 659 cars. Annual fuel, insurance and tax expenditures of these vehicles will provide an additional contribution of 4.7 billion TL to the national economy. But for a sustainable future, 280 trees need to be planted for each new car!
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ISTANBUL (TR) - The number of registered vehicles in traffic in Turkey is increasing day by day. When the household consumption data of TurkStat are analyzed, the number of vehicles registered in the last 10 years increased by 9.5 million to 22.6 million. According to the data collected by Koalay.com online insurance sales platform; In January-June period, 536,916 vehicles were registered and 76 thousand 277 vehicles were deleted from traffic. Thus, the total number of vehicles in traffic increased by 460,639. In the last 6 months, 277.659 thousand new cars participated in traffic, the annual fuel, motor vehicle tax, automobile insurance and traffic insurance cost exceeds TL 4.7 billion. Koalay.com examines the data of TURKSTAT, and draws attention to the fact that the transportation budget, which has increased by 68% in the last 10 years, is almost equal to food in household consumption expenditures. While a family spent 22.6% of their budget on food and 14.1% on transportation expenses in 2008, food expenditures fell to 19.7% this year, while transportation expenditures stood at 18.7%.
Transportation expenditures increased 68% in the last 10 years
In 2008, the share of transportation expenditures in the total budget was 14%, the share allocated to food was 22%, and the share allocated to housing or rent was 29%. At the end of 10 years, 12% decrease in food expenditures and 15% decrease in housing and rent expenditures, transportation expenditures increased by 68%. According to 2017 data, housing and rent expenses in the family budget were 24.7%, food expenditures were 19.7% and transportation expenditures were 18.7%.
280 trees should be planted for each new car!
The increasing number of vehicles causes the carbon dioxide emissions to reach serious levels. While a tree normally filters an average of 25 kg of carbon dioxide per year, only one automobile releases 7,000 kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per year. To minimize this impact, 280 trees per vehicle is required. When the number of vehicles increased in the first half of the year, a total of 77 million new trees are needed to eliminate the effects of this release.
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