By John Smith •
Published: 04 Feb 2024 • 11:06
One tractor for every 75 people in Almeria Province
Credit: La Asociación Club Amigos de los Tractores Clásicos flickr
It’s not just big cities which seem to be overtaken by huge numbers of vehicles, but according to a report from SIMA (a statistics division of the Junta de Andalucia) Almeria Province has almost as many vehicles as people.
With just over 750,000 counted as residents in the latest census, between them, they own more than 610,000 motor vehicles of one type or another.
Sounds a huge number but bear in mind that with a lot of agricultural activity, there is a need for tractors and other vehicles involved in harvesting and many people need their own transport to get to and from work.
Almost half of the population owns a car of some sort and there are almost 100,000 motor bikes and mopeds, especially useful for families with growing children so if the population grows, so does the volume of private vehicles on the roads.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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