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 Dutch goods vehicles in use (number)
Lorries and road tractors Total goods vehicles 2021* 155,357
Road tractor Total goods vehicles 2021* 89,955
Road tractors (LC) to 39 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2021* 22,358
Road tractors (LC) 40 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2021* 67,597
Lorry (road tractor not included) Total goods vehicles 2021* 65,402
Lorries (LC) less than 7 000 kg Total goods vehicles 2021* 23,668
Lorries (LC) 7 000 to 11 1999 kg Total goods vehicles 2021* 18,130
Lorries (LC) 12 000 to 17 999 kg Total goods vehicles 2021* 15,740
Lorries (LC) 18 000 kg or more Total goods vehicles 2021* 7,864
Source: CBS.
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This table contains figures 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%.
The vehicle population used to estimate the kilometres is based on the vehicle fleet statistics. The population of the figures in this table is based on the new selection method of the vehicle fleet. The difference between the old and the new selection method is described in a methodological report, see paragraph 4. The data series of vehicle kilometres estimated for the new population is available starting from 2018. The data series based on the old population ends with 2020. The way in which the vehicle kilometres are estimated has not changed, only the population.
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.

Data available from: 2018

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table up to and including 2019 are definitive. Figures over 2020 and 2021 have a provisional status.

Changes as of 11 November 2022:
None, this is a new table.

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

Description topics

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.