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Latest truck traffic figures on German roads: Lithuanians buck the trend

Following a rebound in April, lorry traffic on German toll roads slightly declined in May compared to the same month last year. According to toll statistics from the German authority BALM, after a 12.5% increase in April, there was a weakening in May.

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Total HGV mileage amounted to approximately 3.25 billion kilometres last month, marking a 4.4% decrease compared to May 2023. The decline was slightly higher for lorries registered in Germany, at 4.8%, covering a mileage of around 1.8 billion kilometres. Lorries from Poland also experienced a 4.1% reduction, covering approximately 620 million kilometres.

Conversely, Lithuania, ranking behind Poland in German toll statistics with approximately 125 million kilometres, recorded a 4.6% year-on-year increase. The Czech Republic follows in mileage in the toll statistics, with around 106.6 million kilometres, but also saw a decline of 6.3% year-on-year.

January to May

In the cumulative period from January to May, overall HGV traffic decreased by 0.4% year-on-year. German hauliers saw a decrease of 0.7%, while Polish hauliers experienced a decrease of 0.2%. Lithuanian hauliers, however, increased their mileage by 7.5% in the first five months of the year. During this period, their share of all lorry traffic in Germany was 3.7%. Polish lorries maintained a consistent share around 19% (19.15% from January to May), with German lorries contributing approximately 56.25% of all traffic.