Traffic performance motor vehicles; kilometres, type of vehicle, territory

Traffic performance motor vehicles; kilometres, type of vehicle, territory

Types of vehicle Periods Kilometres in the Netherlands Kilometres by foreign vehicles (million km)
Total motor vehicles 2020* 5,117.8
Passenger car 2020* 3,348.3
Delivery van 2020* 742.4
Lorry (road tractor not included) 2020* 162.4
Road tractor 2020* 783.6
Special purpose vehicle 2020* 70.4
Bus 2020* .
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains information on traffic performance (vehicle-kilometres) of passenger cars, delivery vans, lorries, semi-trailers, special purpose vehicles and buses.
Vehicle-kilometres of Dutch vehicles have been broken down by Dutch vehicles on Dutch territory and Dutch vehicles on foreign territory.
In addition, there are figures on the total distance covered on Dutch territory. A distinction is made between kilometres covered by Dutch vehicles and kilometres by foreign vehicles.

For the 2020 data a correction factor was implemented to correct for the ‘smoothing effect’ caused by the method. The smoothing effect smoothes out yearly variation in the data and this results in a distorted picture of periods of time when mobility patterns suddenly change drastically, like happened in 2020 due to COVID-19. Information on the smoothing effect can be found in the methodological description (only available in Dutch).

From 2016 up the kilometres driven by busses are no longer devided in kilometres driven on Dutch or on foreign roads.

Data available from: 1990

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table up to and including 2018 are definitive. Figures over 2019 and 2020 have a provisional status.

Changes as of 10 November 2021:
Provisional figures over 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures are expected to be released by end of 2022.

Description topics

Kilometres in the Netherlands
The total distance travelled (in km) in the Netherlands by vehicles with a Dutch registration plate and vehicles with foreign registration plates.
Kilometres by foreign vehicles
To calculate the total traffic performance of delivery vans on Dutch roads, it is necessary to estimate the traffic performance of foreign delivery vans in the Netherlands. In the absence of data on foreign delivery vans, it has been assumed that this concerns mainly border traffic. That is why the traffic performance of foreign delivery vans in the Netherlands is set equal to the traffic performance of Dutch delivery vans abroad.