Light mopeds have increased much faster in number than heavier mopeds in recent years. At the start of 2011 there were 475 thousand light and 527 thousand heavier mopeds in the Netherlands.
Three quarters of children aged between 4 and 12 did not travel unaccompanied in 2010.
In 2009, 84 percent of the 971 thousand delivery vans in the Netherlands were registered in the name of an enterprise.
Turnover generated by inland shipping was nearly 20 percent higher in the second quarter of 2011than in the same period last year. This is partly due to the low water level.
The number of new commercial vehicles and passenger cars sold in the second quarter of 2011 increased by nearly 22 and 19 percent respectively relative to the same period last year, i.e. considerably above the average level across the European Union (EU).
Dutch international road transport mainly carries goods to regions just across the Dutch border. More than 80 percent of international road transport was loaded up or unloaded in Germany or Belgium and more than half in regions just across the Dutch border.
Although the total number of cars registered in the Netherlands has grown by a million since 2005, the nuisance caused by road traffic has hardly changed. Speeding is still the main source of annoyance in urban as well as rural areas.
Nearly 24 thousand containers (half a million tons of goods) with cold-stored and deep-frozen products are transported overseas to the Netherlands every month.
Foreign hauliers are becoming more important in Dutch road transport. From each 100 tons of goods loaded in the Netherlands, 6.4 tons were carried by foreign hauliers versus 5.5 tons in 2005.
On 1 January 2011 fewer cars were registered in the names of companies than on 1 January 2010 when there had also been a year-on-year decline.
The number of passengers departing from and arriving at regional airports has grown substantially. Last year 3.5 million passengers travelled to and from airports in the municipalities of Groningen, Maastricht, Eindhoven or Rotterdam versus 2.9 million in 2009, an increase by 18 percent.
Last year, 59 thousand working days were lost to strikes in the Netherlands. In nearly four in ten strike days, the disputes concerned collectively negotiated (CAO) wages.
Air transport grew further in 2010.
Turnover of courier service companies was more than 2 percent higher in the fourth quarter of 2010 than in the fourth quarter of 2009. This is the first turnover growth since the global recession set in in the fourth quarter of 2008, but turnover is still far below the pre-crisis level.
Car and motorcycle sales were nearly 9 percent higher in 2010 than in 2009. With more than 19 percent, importers of new passenger cars realised the largest turnover growth.
Turnover growth in the transport sector increased by nearly 3 percent in 2010 relative to the preceding year.
On average, people in the Netherlands lived 5.1 kilometres (km) away from the nearest railway station in 2008.
Public transport companies have recently modernised their bus fleets. On 1 January 2002, regular-services buses were on average 9.4 years old, the same age as tourist coaches.
Cabotage hauliers carried 77 million tons of goods in the European Union (EU) in 2009. Dutch hauliers accounted for 13 million tons.