Vehicle kilometres goods vehicles; kilometres, load capacity, territory

Vehicle kilometres goods vehicles; kilometres, load capacity, territory

Lorries road tractors, load capacity(LC) Age of vehicle Periods Kilometres in the Netherlands Total kilometres in the Netherlands (x mln km) Kilometres in the Netherlands Kilometres by Dutch vehicles (x mln km) Kilometres in the Netherlands Kilometres by foreign vehicles (x mln km) Kilometres by Dutch vehicles Total kilometres by Dutch vehicles (x mln km) Kilometres by Dutch vehicles Kilometres in the Netherlands (x mln km) Kilometres by Dutch vehicles Kilometres abroad (x mln km) Average annual kilometres Total average annual kilometres (km) Average annual kilometres Average annual kilometres in Netherlands (km) Average annual kilometres Average annual kilometres abroad (km) Dutch goods vehicles in use (number)
Lorries and road tractors Total goods vehicles 2015 6,923.4 6,166.8 756.6 9,213.4 6,166.8 3,046.6 58,776 39,340 19,435 156,756
Lorries and road tractors Total goods vehicles 2016 7,330.9 6,499.2 831.8 9,362.6 6,499.2 2,863.4 58,847 40,850 17,998 159,099
Lorries and road tractors Total goods vehicles 2017 7,450.9 6,568.4 882.5 9,442.9 6,568.4 2,874.5 58,367 40,599 17,767 161,786
Lorries and road tractors Total goods vehicles 2018 7,469.7 6,581.7 887.9 9,521.6 6,581.7 2,939.8 57,287 39,599 17,688 166,209
Lorries and road tractors Total goods vehicles 2019* 7,503.4 6,596.7 906.7 9,392.1 6,596.7 2,795.4 55,205 38,774 16,431 170,132
Lorries and road tractors Total goods vehicles 2020* 7,436.7 6,490.7 946.0 9,142.0 6,490.7 2,651.3 54,505 38,698 15,807 167,729
Road tractor Total goods vehicles 2015 4,747.8 4,129.8 618.1 6,618.4 4,129.8 2,488.6 77,192 48,166 29,025 85,740
Road tractor Total goods vehicles 2016 5,106.8 4,423.9 682.9 6,774.9 4,423.9 2,351.0 76,800 50,150 26,651 88,214
Road tractor Total goods vehicles 2017 5,199.9 4,455.3 744.6 6,880.8 4,455.3 2,425.5 75,874 49,128 26,746 90,687
Road tractor Total goods vehicles 2018 5,264.7 4,522.9 741.8 6,979.1 4,522.9 2,456.2 73,863 47,868 25,995 94,487
Road tractor Total goods vehicles 2019* 5,341.7 4,587.3 754.3 6,913.1 4,587.3 2,325.7 70,824 46,997 23,827 97,609
Road tractor Total goods vehicles 2020* 5,364.8 4,581.2 783.6 6,777.4 4,581.2 2,196.2 70,789 47,850 22,939 95,741
Road tractors (LC) to 39 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2015 662.7 577.0 85.7 922.1 577.0 345.1 47,181 29,524 17,656 19,544
Road tractors (LC) to 39 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2016 755.5 654.7 100.8 1,001.8 654.7 347.2 48,307 31,566 16,740 20,739
Road tractors (LC) to 39 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2017 816.2 699.0 117.3 1,080.9 699.0 381.9 48,459 31,336 17,123 22,305
Road tractors (LC) to 39 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2018 852.7 733.4 119.2 1,128.2 733.4 394.8 48,424 31,478 16,946 23,299
Road tractors (LC) to 39 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2019* 908.0 780.9 127.2 1,173.0 780.9 392.1 44,179 29,410 14,769 26,551
Road tractors (LC) to 39 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2020* 1,357.4 1,160.4 197.0 1,712.5 1,160.4 552.1 51,946 35,199 16,746 32,967
Road tractors (LC) 40 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2015 4,085.1 3,552.8 532.4 5,696.3 3,552.8 2,143.6 86,052 53,670 32,382 66,196
Road tractors (LC) 40 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2016 4,351.3 3,769.2 582.1 5,773.0 3,769.2 2,003.8 85,558 55,861 29,697 67,475
Road tractors (LC) 40 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2017 4,383.7 3,756.3 627.4 5,799.9 3,756.3 2,043.6 84,816 54,931 29,885 68,382
Road tractors (LC) 40 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2018 4,412.1 3,789.5 622.6 5,850.9 3,789.5 2,061.4 82,189 53,232 28,957 71,188
Road tractors (LC) 40 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2019* 4,433.6 3,806.5 627.1 5,740.1 3,806.5 1,933.6 80,780 53,568 27,211 71,058
Road tractors (LC) 40 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2020* 4,007.4 3,420.8 586.7 5,064.9 3,420.8 1,644.1 80,685 54,493 26,191 62,774
Lorry (road tractor not included) Total goods vehicles 2015 2,175.6 2,037.0 138.6 2,595.0 2,037.0 558.0 36,541 28,684 7,857 71,016
Lorry (road tractor not included) Total goods vehicles 2016 2,224.1 2,075.3 148.9 2,587.7 2,075.3 512.4 36,506 29,276 7,229 70,885
Lorry (road tractor not included) Total goods vehicles 2017 2,251.0 2,113.2 137.8 2,562.1 2,113.2 449.0 36,036 29,721 6,314 71,099
Lorry (road tractor not included) Total goods vehicles 2018 2,204.9 2,058.8 146.1 2,542.5 2,058.8 483.6 35,449 28,706 6,743 71,722
Lorry (road tractor not included) Total goods vehicles 2019* 2,161.7 2,009.4 152.3 2,479.1 2,009.4 469.7 34,183 27,707 6,476 72,523
Lorry (road tractor not included) Total goods vehicles 2020* 2,071.9 1,909.5 162.4 2,364.6 1,909.5 455.1 32,848 26,526 6,322 71,988
Lorries (LC) less than 7 000 kg Total goods vehicles 2015 555.0 536.2 18.8 612.0 536.2 75.9 21,886 19,173 2,713 27,964
Lorries (LC) less than 7 000 kg Total goods vehicles 2016 553.9 532.0 21.8 607.2 532.0 75.2 21,884 19,173 2,711 27,748
Lorries (LC) less than 7 000 kg Total goods vehicles 2017 545.3 526.7 18.6 587.2 526.7 60.5 21,446 19,237 2,209 27,380
Lorries (LC) less than 7 000 kg Total goods vehicles 2018 532.6 511.4 21.2 581.5 511.4 70.1 21,360 18,787 2,574 27,224
Lorries (LC) less than 7 000 kg Total goods vehicles 2019* 518.9 498.1 20.8 562.2 498.1 64.1 20,775 18,405 2,370 27,062
Lorries (LC) less than 7 000 kg Total goods vehicles 2020* 474.0 452.3 21.7 513.2 452.3 60.8 19,171 16,898 2,273 26,768
Lorries (LC) 7 000 to 11 1999 kg Total goods vehicles 2015 660.7 628.6 32.2 758.1 628.6 129.5 37,676 31,239 6,437 20,121
Lorries (LC) 7 000 to 11 1999 kg Total goods vehicles 2016 666.7 633.8 32.8 746.9 633.8 113.0 37,540 31,858 5,682 19,895
Lorries (LC) 7 000 to 11 1999 kg Total goods vehicles 2017 665.1 634.9 30.2 733.2 634.9 98.3 36,843 31,904 4,938 19,901
Lorries (LC) 7 000 to 11 1999 kg Total goods vehicles 2018 642.7 606.1 36.6 727.4 606.1 121.3 36,225 30,186 6,039 20,079
Lorries (LC) 7 000 to 11 1999 kg Total goods vehicles 2019* 629.7 593.3 36.4 705.5 593.3 112.2 34,847 29,303 5,544 20,247
Lorries (LC) 7 000 to 11 1999 kg Total goods vehicles 2020* 589.2 553.4 35.8 653.8 553.4 100.4 32,738 27,709 5,029 19,972
Lorries (LC) 12 000 to 17 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2015 730.8 663.3 67.5 935.1 663.3 271.8 58,464 41,471 16,993 15,995
Lorries (LC) 12 000 to 17 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2016 759.2 687.6 71.7 934.3 687.6 246.7 58,120 42,772 15,348 16,075
Lorries (LC) 12 000 to 17 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2017 776.7 709.5 67.2 928.3 709.5 218.8 56,778 43,397 13,381 16,350
Lorries (LC) 12 000 to 17 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2018 762.1 696.0 66.1 914.7 696.0 218.7 54,802 41,699 13,103 16,692
Lorries (LC) 12 000 to 17 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2019* 743.7 672.8 70.9 891.5 672.8 218.7 52,674 39,751 12,923 16,925
Lorries (LC) 12 000 to 17 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2020* 730.7 653.4 77.4 870.2 653.4 216.8 51,597 38,742 12,855 16,865
Lorries (LC) 18 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2015 229.1 209.0 20.1 289.8 209.0 80.8 41,780 30,130 11,649 6,936
Lorries (LC) 18 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2016 244.4 221.9 22.5 299.3 221.9 77.4 41,763 30,957 10,806 7,167
Lorries (LC) 18 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2017 263.9 242.0 21.9 313.4 242.0 71.4 41,966 32,406 9,560 7,468
Lorries (LC) 18 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2018 267.5 245.2 22.2 318.8 245.2 73.6 41,264 31,738 9,525 7,727
Lorries (LC) 18 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2019* 269.4 245.2 24.2 319.8 245.2 74.6 38,581 29,584 8,997 8,289
Lorries (LC) 18 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2020* 277.9 250.4 27.5 327.4 250.4 77.0 39,057 29,870 9,187 8,383
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains data on total vehicle kilometres of goods vehicles in the Netherlands (broken down by Dutch and foreign vehicles) and data of total kilometres and average annual kilometres of Dutch goods vehicles (broken down by Dutch and foreign territory).
All figures are further broken down by lorries and road tractors, by age of the vehicle and by load capacity.
Since 2010 kilometres of foreign vehicles travelled in the Netherlands are based on more detailed road transport data from Eurostat. This leads to an adjustment of the distance by -3%.

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).

Data available from: 1990

Status of the figures:
Definite data are available for 1990 to 2018, and provisional data for 2019 and 2020.

Changes as of 10 November 2021:
The provisional figures for 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published on a yearly basis in November of the subsequent year.

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.

Since 2001, Statistics Netherlands conducts an extensive annual survey based on odometer readings (see section 4 in the table notes, which includes a link to the survey description). Since 2001, data are therefore rounded off to the nearest 100,000 kilometres and are thus available in more detail than in prior years.
Total 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 Dutch vehicles
Kilometres by foreign vehicles
The total distance travelled (in km) by foreign vehicles in the Netherlands.
Kilometres by Dutch vehicles
The total distance travelled (in km) in the Netherlands and abroad by vehicles with a Dutch registration plate.

Since 2001, Statistics Netherlands conducts an extensive annual survey based on odometer readings (see section 4 in the table notes, which includes a link to the survey description). Since 2001, data are therefore rounded off to the nearest 100,000 kilometres and are thus available in more detail than in prior years.
Total kilometres by Dutch vehicles
The total distance travelled (in km) in the Netherlands and abroad by vehicles with a Dutch registration plate.
Kilometres in the Netherlands
Kilometres abroad
The total distance travelled (in km) abroad by vehicles with a Dutch registration plate.
Average annual kilometres
The average number of kilometres per year travelled by a vehicle.

This includes vehicles with a Dutch registration plate.
Total average annual kilometres
The average number of kilometres per year travelled by a vehicle.

This includes vehicles with a Dutch registration plate.
Average annual kilometres in Netherlands
The average number of kilometres per year travelled by a vehicle in the Netherlands.

This includes vehicles with a Dutch registration plate.
Average annual kilometres abroad
The average number of kilometres per year travelled by a vehicle abroad (outside the Netherlands).

This includes vehicles with a Dutch registration plate.
Dutch goods vehicles in use
All lorries and road tractors with a valid Dutch registration number which are allowed to travel on the Dutch public road system during (part of) the year, including:
- lorries and road tractors which are in stock part of the year
- lorries and road tractors which are used part of the year on the Dutch public road system, e.g. new or imported vehicles and vehicles which are scrapped or exported during the year.

The calculated figures are higher than the number of registered lorries and road tractor units on the reference date 1 January, as published in the tables on the motor vehicle fleet.
Goods vehicles in use are all vehicles which could have been used during the entire year. The motor vehicle fleet only includes all motor vehicles with valid registration numbers on 1 January. Therefore, the actual number of motor vehicles is smaller.