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Average age of the vehicle fleet

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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2001

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Transport Transport (Primary theme)

DPSIR: Driving force


Indicator codes
  • TERM 033
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Policy issue:  Improve the fleet composition by replacing older, more polluting vehicles with newer, cleaner ones

Key messages

  • The average age of the car fleet has increased, slowing the penetration rate of new technologies


Key assessment

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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