Average age of the vehicle fleet
Assessment made on 01 Dec 2005
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 passenger cars in the EU15 increased from 6.9 years in 1995 to 7.5 years in 2004. The penetration rate of modern technologies is therefore slowing down. The average age of passenger cars in some of the new member states decreases in the time period considered, with the exception of Slovenia, which exhibits an increase of the average age of its passenger car fleet. Further lowering of the average age of passenger cars in the new member states can be expected with rising GDP, provided that old cars are scrapped and policies are in place to ensure that new cars will penetrate the vehicle fleet faster than second-hand vehicles.
The average age of passenger cars in the EEA varies widely between countries. The lowest average age for the year 2004 was observed in Luxembourg (3 years), highest in Greece (13 years). The high average age of passenger cars in Greece relates to the general economic conditions. Data series on non-EU15 countries are only available for Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway, Slovenia and Poland (see Figure 1).
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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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