Motor vehicles; type, age class, 1 January

Motor vehicles; type, age class, 1 January

Class of vehicle age Periods Passenger car (number) Commercial vehicles Total commercial vehicles (number) Commercial vehicles Commercial motor vehicles Total commercial motor vehicles (number) Commercial vehicles Commercial motor vehicles Delivery van (number) Commercial vehicles Commercial motor vehicles Lorry (number) Commercial vehicles Commercial motor vehicles Road tractor (number) Commercial vehicles Commercial motor vehicles Special purpose vehicle (number) Commercial vehicles Commercial motor vehicles Bus (number) Commercial vehicles Trailers and semi-trailers Total trailers and semi-trailers (number) Commercial vehicles Trailers and semi-trailers Trailer (number) Commercial vehicles Trailers and semi-trailers Semi-trailer (number) Motorcycle (number)
Total 2015 7,979,083 2,126,236 1,019,585 814,954 63,356 70,533 61,145 9,597 1,106,651 970,962 135,689 652,336
Total 2016 8,100,864 2,155,173 1,032,819 828,383 62,436 72,245 60,344 9,411 1,122,354 979,377 142,977 652,544
Total 2017 8,222,974 2,197,250 1,058,767 852,632 62,155 74,218 59,940 9,822 1,138,483 989,453 149,030 655,991
Total 2018 8,373,244 2,252,134 1,092,291 883,350 62,581 77,075 59,371 9,914 1,159,843 1,002,771 157,072 661,639
Total 2019 8,530,584 2,299,373 1,126,630 914,766 62,963 80,078 59,106 9,717 1,172,743 1,008,731 164,012 665,880
Total 2020 8,677,911 2,345,661 1,152,931 939,801 63,081 81,553 58,620 9,876 1,192,730 1,024,217 168,513 679,848
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains key data on the vehicle fleet of passenger cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles (by vehicle category) and by age class of the vehicle.
The figures are based on the registration numbers provided by the Dutch Road Traffic Authority (RDW). All vehicles registered on 1 January of each year have been counted, the data are recorded and stored and the register can be accessed for statistical purposes.
As from 2004, the total count of vehicles is not fully comparable with previous years due to separate registration of trailers and semi-trailers.

The figures in this table have been calculated using the selection method of the previous years, which means that the data on 1 January 2022 are comparable with the data of previous years.
In Q2 of this year a new Statline table with figures of the vehicle fleet will be published, and that table will be based on an adapted selection method (which will be used in future calculations). That new table will contain the figures of 4 time points: January 1, 2019; January 1, 2020; January 1, 2021; and January 1, 2022. Together with this Statline table in the ‘new format’, a methodological report will be published to explain and quantify the differences between the selection method that was previously used and the new selection method.

Data available from: 2000

Status of the figures: final

Changes as of 28 February 2022:
Figures of the vehicle fleet on 1 January 2022 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures of the vehicle fleet on 1 January 2023 will be published in February 2023.

Description topics

Passenger car
Road motor vehicle, other than a moped or a motor cycle, intended for the carriage of passengers and designed to seat no more than nine persons (including the driver).

Included are:
a) Passenger cars
b) Vans designed and used primarily for transport of passengers
c) Taxis
d) Hire cars
e) Ambulances
f) Motor homes.
Excluded are light goods road vehicles, as well as motor-coaches, buses and mini-buses/mini-coaches.
"Passenger car" includes taxis and passenger hire cars, provided that they have fewer than ten seats. As of May 1, 2009 motor homes are registered as passenger cars or bus depending on the number of seats. Before that date motor homes are registered as special purpose vehicles.
Commercial vehicles
Vehicle exclusively or primarily designed for the commercial transport of goods and passengers, for special purposes or to haul semi-trailers.

This includes vans, lorries, road tractors, special purpose vehicles, buses, trailers and semi-trailers.
From September 2003 all trailers are required to have a valid registration certificate. Since 2004 these categories are included in the summaries of vehicle statistics.
Total commercial vehicles
Vehicle exclusively or primarily designed for the commercial transport of goods and passengers, for special purposes or to haul semi-trailers.

This includes vans, lorries, road tractors, special purpose vehicles, buses, trailers and semi-trailers.
From September 2003 all trailers are required to have a valid registration certificate. Since 2004 these categories are included in the summaries of vehicle statistics.
Commercial motor vehicles
Motor vehicle exclusively or primarily designed for the commercial transport of goods and passengers.

This includes vans, lorries, road tractors, special purpose vehicles and buses.
Trailers and semi-trailers are not included.
Total commercial motor vehicles
Motor vehicle exclusively or primarily designed for the commercial transport of goods and passengers.

This includes vans, lorries, road tractors, special purpose vehicles and buses.
Trailers and semi-trailers are not included.
Delivery van
Goods road vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of not more than 3500 kg, designed, exclusively or primarily, to carry goods.

Included are vans designed for and used primarily for transport of goods, pick-ups and small lorries with a gross vehicle weight of not more than 3500 kg.
Lorry
Rigid heavy goods road vehicle with a gross vehicle weight above 3500 kg, exclusively or primarily designed to carry goods.
Road tractor
Road motor vehicle, exclusively or primarily designed to haul other road vehicles which are not power-driven (mainly semi-trailers).

Agricultural tractors are not included.
Special purpose vehicle
Road motor vehicle designed for purposes other than the carriage of passengers or goods.

This includes:
a) motor homes
b) vehicles for transporting other vehicles
c) garbage trucks
d) fire brigade vehicles
e) mobile cranes
f) aerial work platforms
h) other special purpose road motor vehicles.
As of May 1, 2009 motor homes are registered as passenger cars or bus depending on the number of seats. Before that date motor homes are registered as special purpose vehicles.
Bus
Passenger road motor vehicle designed to seat more than nine persons (including the driver).
Trailers and semi-trailers
Trailer
Goods road vehicle designed to be hauled by a road motor vehicle. Caravans are also included in the category trailer.

Semi-trailer
Goods road vehicle with no front axle designed in such way that part of the vehicle and a substantial part of its loaded weight rests on the road tractor.

From September 2003 all trailers, caravans and semi-trailers are required to have a valid registration certificate. Since 2004 these categories are included in the summaries of vehicle statistics.
Total trailers and semi-trailers
Trailer
Goods road vehicle designed to be hauled by a road motor vehicle. Caravans are also included in the category trailer.

Semi-trailer
Goods road vehicle with no front axle designed in such way that part of the vehicle and a substantial part of its loaded weight rests on the road tractor.

From September 2003 all trailers, caravans and semi-trailers are required to have a valid registration certificate. Since 2004 these categories are included in the summaries of vehicle statistics.
Trailer
Goods road vehicle designed to be hauled by a road motor vehicle.
Caravans are also included in the category trailer.

From September 2003 all trailers, caravans and semi-trailers are required to have a valid registration certificate. Since 2004 these categories are included in the summaries of vehicle statistics.
Semi-trailer
Goods road vehicle with no front axle designed in such way that part of the vehicle and a substantial part of its loaded weight rests on the road tractor.

From September 2003 all trailers and semi-trailers are required to have a valid registration certificate. Since 2004 these categories are included in the summaries of vehicle statistics.
Motorcycle
Two-, three- or four-wheeled road motor vehicle not exceeding 400 kg (900 lb) of unladen weight. All such vehicles with a cylinder capacity over 50 cc are included, as are those under 50 cc which do not meet the definition of moped.