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Average age of the vehicle fleet (TERM 033) - Assessment published Sep 2010

Indicator Assessment Created 07 Aug 2009 Published 03 Sep 2010 Last modified 07 Jul 2011, 02:42 PM
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Transport Transport (Primary topic)

DPSIR: Driving force
Typology: Descriptive indicator (Type A - What is happening to the environment and to humans?)
Indicator codes
  • TERM 033
Geographic coverage:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Key policy question: Does the vehicle fleet replacement result in a reduction of the average age?

Key messages

  • The average age of road vehicles has recorded small changes during the period from 1995 to 2008.
  • The average age of passenger cars, two-wheelers, buses and coaches slightly decreased, while the average age of light and heavy-duty vehicles increased.
  • The registration of new vehicles has increased over the same period, suggesting that the penetration rate of modern technologies is accelerating.

TERM33 Average age of road vehicles

Note: TREMOVE results refer to 30 EEA member countries (that is EU-27 plus Norway, Switzerland Turkey).

Data source:

Average age of road vehicles, 1995-2008 from TREMOVE v3.1

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Key assessment

  • The average age of passenger cars decreased slightly from 8.8 years in 1995 to 8.1 years in 2008 while that of the two-wheelers decreased from 14.0 to 13.2 over the same period. The average age of light and heavy-duty vehicles has increased from 9.7 and 10.7 respectively to 11.4 and 11.5 over the same period.
  • The average age of passenger cars in the EEA varies widely between countries. The lowest average age for the year 2008 was observed in Luxembourg (3.8 years), highest in Greece and Cyprus (14.6 years). In general, diesel passenger cars have lower average age compared to petrol.

Data sources

More information about this indicator

See this indicator specification for more details.

Contacts and ownership

EEA Contact Info

Cinzia Pastorello


EEA Management Plan

2010 (note: EEA internal system)


Frequency of updates

Updates are scheduled once per year in October-December (Q4)
Filed under:


European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Phone: +45 3336 7100