One car for every two people living in the EU in 2020 – Products Eurostat News

In 2020, there were 0.53 passenger cars per capita in the EU. At regional level, there are significant disparities in motorization within the EU: apart from two extreme values ​​(Aosta Valley and Mayotte), the highest regional rate (Autonomous Province of Trento) is nearly seven times the weakest (Peloponnese) .

In terms of passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants, Eastern Member States recorded the lowest figures, while Western Member States recorded higher rates, but with marked regional disparities.

Source dataset: tran_r_vehst

In 2020, three of the five highest motorization rates (number of passenger cars per 1,000 inhabitants) were recorded in Italy: Valle d’Aosta (1,787), Autonomous Province of Trento (1,285) and Autonomous Province from Bolzano (871). The other two were recorded in Flevoland (857) in the Netherlands and in the Finnish region of the Åland Islands (840).

These regional rates are often linked to the economic situation but can also be affected by particular circumstances: the high motorization rate in Valle d’Aosta is influenced by tax rules and the high rate in Flevoland is linked to its proximity to a large town.

On the other hand, the lowest motorization rates were reported in two French regions (overseas departments) and three Greek regions: Mayotte (72), Peloponnese (186), French Guiana (209), Central Greece (238 ) and North Aegean (261). .

Source dataset: tran_r_vehst

Commercial vehicle motorization rate

The picture is quite different for commercial vehicles (trucks, road tractors and special vehicles excluding trailers and semi-trailers), where no systematic differences were observed between Western and Eastern European regions. The share of utility vehicles in the total number of road vehicles in a region depends on several factors. These include regional transport systems and infrastructure for different modes of freight transport, such as highways, railway lines, port and airport capacities. The economic characteristics of the region also play a role. Is the regional economy dominated by manufacturing industries or services? Where is the region located on the main European freight corridors?

Twelve of the top 15 EU regions with the lowest shares of commercial vehicles in all vehicle types are in urbanized areas of Germany (between 7.4% and 9.7%). Given the lack of 2020 data for Greece (which had the highest shares of commercial vehicles in the total number of vehicles in 2019), the highest shares of commercial vehicles in the total vehicle fleet in 2020 were in Spain (9 of the 15 regions with the highest rates), varying between 25.4% (Canary Islands) and 19.4% (Catalonia).

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