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Average age of the vehicle fleet (TERM 033) - Assessment published Jan 2011

Indicator Assessment Created 02 Dec 2010 Published 12 Jan 2011 Last modified 23 Nov 2012, 03:58 PM
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Transport Transport (Primary topic)

transport indicators | transport
DPSIR: Driving force
Typology: Descriptive indicator (Type A - What is happening to the environment and to humans?)
Indicator codes
  • TERM 033
Temporal coverage:
1995, 2009
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 2009.
  • 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.

Average age of road vehicles

Note: The graph shows the average age of passenger cars, light-duty vehicles, heavy duty vehicles, two-wheelers and buses, in 1995 and 2009.

Data source:

Average age of passenger cars, light and heavy duty trucks, buses/coaches and two-wheelers, 1995-2009 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 8.2 years in 2009 while that of the two-wheelers decreased from 14.0 to 13.3 over the same period. The average age of light and heavy-duty vehicles has increased from 9.7 and 10.7 respectively to 11.7 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 2009 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. This is due to the fact that the diesel car market is continuously expanding, i.e. more new diesel vehicles are registered in Europe, lowering thus their average age.

Specific policy question: Answer to unknown question

Specific assessment

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 2.9.2 (note: EEA internal system)


Frequency of updates

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


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