Average age of the vehicle fleet
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
ClassificationTransport (Primary theme)
DPSIR: Driving force
- TERM 033
Policy issue: Improve the fleet composition by replacing older, more polluting vehicles with newer, cleaner ones
The average age of the car fleet has increased, slowing the penetration rate of new technologies
The average age of passenger cars increased from 6.1 years in 1980 to 7.3 years in 1998. The penetration rate of more modern technologies is therefore slowing. Car scrappage schemes may have beneficial effects through the introduction of cleaner vehicles, but may increase the environmental consequences of vehicle construction and dismantling.
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Average age of the vehicle fleet TERM 2001
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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