By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Government figures released last week confirm what motorists have understood for several years: the roadways are suffocating under the sheer weight of cars, taxis and buses. The National Department of Traffic (Denatran) statistics show that over the last ten years, the number of cars in Brazil has increased 123 percent, while road investment continues to lag a long way behind.

This year, the number of vehicles in Brazil will top 80 million for the first time. Comprising mostly cars, more affordable motorbikes are also taking to the nation’s roads . . .

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