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In Europe, there is on average one car for every two inhabitants – Economic Policy

The European statistics agency has published the figures for the number of vehicles per inhabitant in 2020. If the European average is one vehicle for two inhabitants, the disparities are significant. Some regions even have more cars than people.

In 2020, there were 0.53 private cars per inhabitant in the European Union, i.e. one car for every two inhabitants. This figure was released this week by the European statistics agency Eurostat. This publication reveals disparities between European countries, with a classic East/West division.

In 2020, there were 0.53 private cars per inhabitant in the European Union, i.e. one car for every two inhabitants. This figure was released this week by the European statistics agency Eurostat. This publication reveals disparities between European countries, with a classic East/West division. in the West recorded higher rates, but with marked regional disparities. In 2020, Luxembourg had the highest number of vehicles per inhabitant, followed by Italy and Poland, even if their average (i.e. approximately 670 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants) remains close to the European average . At the regional level, however, the figures are higher. Thus, the three regions with the most vehicles per inhabitant are Italian… and the first two even have more cars than inhabitants! These are Valle d’Aosta (1.8 vehicles per inhabitant) and the independent provinces of Trento and Bolzano (1.3 and 0.9). A result that can be explained according to Eurostat experts: ” these regional rates are often linked to the economic situation but can also be affected by specific circumstances: the high motorization rate of Valle d’Aosta is influenced by tax rules and the high rate of Flevoland [0,9] is linked to its location near a large city. At the regional level, the results are quite different. France is more represented, Mayotte being the least transported region (i.e. 72 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants), followed by Guyana (i.e. 209). The two regions are only separated by the Greek peninsula Peloponnese (182 vehicles).What about Belgium?At the national level, it is within the European average with 509 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants.And unlike some European countries, the regions do not show great disparity. Flemish Brabant has the most vehicles per inhabitant (679 per 1000 inhabitants) and the province of Limburg (544). fewest cars per capita, i.e. 401 per 1000. It is followed by East Flanders with 481. The publication also examines the case of utility vehicles (ie trucks, road tractors and special vehicles, excluding trailers and semi-trailers). And European experts observe that “no systematic differences” have been observed between the regions of Eastern and Western Europe. The share of commercial vehicles in the total number of road vehicles in a region depends on several factors. In particular the presence of infrastructures for the various modes of transport of goods, such as motorways, railway lines, ports and airports. The economic characteristics of the region also play a role (dominance of manufacturing or service industries; located on European freight corridors…) Thus, 12 of the 15 EU regions with the lowest share of commercial vehicles among all vehicle types are in urbanized areas of Germany (between 7.4% and 9.7%). Given a lack of data for Greece – which had the highest shares in 2019 – the highest shares of commercial vehicles in total vehicle stock in 2020 were located in Spain (9 out of 15 regions with the highest rates highest), ranging from 25.4% (Canary Islands) to 19.4% (Catalonia).Aurore Dessaigne

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