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Occupancy rates of passenger vehicles

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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2002

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Transport Transport (Primary theme)

DPSIR: Driving force


Indicator codes
  • TERM 029
Geographic coverage:

Policy issue:  Increase vehicle occupancy rates


Key assessment

Passenger car occupancy is falling in most countries, despite EU efforts to increase utilisation efficiency, for example through its Citizens' Network strategy. Occupancy rates for other passenger transport modes (buses, trains) have also not improved during the last decade, except for air transport. The occupancy rates of trains and buses are expected to improve in future, as budget cuts eliminate unprofitable lines and congestion is pushing people towards public transport.


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