Share of domestic trucks on German roads is decreasing

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The German Federal Office of Freight Transport (BAG) published toll statistics from the first quarter of 2018. The data shows that the number of German trucks is decreasing.

Truck traffic in the first quarter of this year increased by 2% in Germany compared to the same period of 2017. Nevertheless, the share of domestic trucks on the toll roads has decreased by almost 2 percent. This trend has been going on for about a decade.

In 2017, heavy goods vehicles registered in Germany accounted for 57.4 percent of all trucks or 1.8 percent less than in 2016. In the first quarter of this year, their share dropped by another 1.8 percent, 55.6 percent. German transport organizations are concerned.

Increase in the number of Eastern European trucks

In turn, countries that joined the European Union after 2003 note even double-digit increases.

Among foreign vehicles traveling on toll roads in Germany, Polish trucks invariably lead. In the first quarter of this year, they already accounted for 17.1 percent of all lorries. For comparison, in the corresponding period of 2017 – it was 15.8 percent. The number of kilometers driven by Polish trucks increased by 9.9 percent in the analyzed period (compared to the first quarter of 2017).

The Czech Republic takes the second place, although in the first quarter of this year reported a slight decrease compared to the corresponding period of 2017. The total share of Czech trucks was 4.3 percent in the first quarter of 2017, meanwhile, in 2018 this number dropped to 4.1 percent.

The share of Romanian trucks has slightly increased, reaching 3.7 percent.

Lithuania is particularly noteworthy. Once again the country noted a jump of over 20% (the number of kilometers driven by Lithuanian trucks on German roads increased by 23.7% compared to the first quarter of 2017). A considerable increase was recorded also by the Slovenians (11.3 percent).

The number of kilometers driven on German roads by trucks from selected countries

Country I quarter of 2018  I quarter of 2017  % change
Germany 4,72 billion km 4,764 billion km -1,1
Poland 1,456 billion km 1,316 billion km 9,9
Czecz Republic 350 million km   360 million km -2,3
Romania 314 million km 284 million km 10,6
Netherlands 243 million km 248 million km 2,2
Lithuania 196 million km 158 million km 23,7
Hungary 177 million km 187 million km -5,3
Slovenia 113 million km 102 million km 11,3
France 17,5 million km 18,3 million km -4,2

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