BAG toll data shows foreign trucks are covering more miles on Germany’s roads
BAG toll data from the first half of 2021 shows that trucks from Poland, Lithuania and Romania covered more than 10% extra miles on Germany’s roads compared to the same period in 2020.
The largest increase in first half of 2021 was recorded by Polish commercial vehicles, whose mileage was 14% up compared to the same period last year. Romanian and Lithuanian trucks covered 12.4% more miles on German roads, while the increase for Czech HGVs was 9.5%.
Overall, the distance traveled by trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tonnes was more than 20.8 billion kilometres, which is 6.5% more than in the first 6 months of 2020. It is the highest mileage recorded since 2005, which shows that road freight traffic in Germany is now comfortably above pre-coronavirus levels.
The mileage of German trucks increased too, albeit by a comparatively small 2.7%. Their share decreased from 59.8% in the first half of 2020 to 57.7%. Polish trucks now account for 17.2%, while Romanian, Lithuanian and Czech vehicles have between 3 and 3.4% each.
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