Average age of the vehicle fleet

Indicator Fact Sheet
Prod-ID: IND-107-en
Also known as: TERM 033
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Assessment made on  01 Jan 2001

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DPSIR: Driving force


Indicator codes
  • TERM 033

Policy issue:  Improve the fleet composition by replacing older, more polluting vehicles with newer, cleaner ones


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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