Slow increase in road freight transport


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Logo Statistics ExplainedRoad freight transport in the European Union (EU) continued to grow slowly in 2018, reaching 1 925 billion tonne-kilometres. This corresponded to an increase of 0.2% compared with 2017.

This road transport was carried out by more than 4.3 million trucks registered in the EU in 2018, slightly higher (close to 1%) than in 2017. The largest number of trucks were registered in Poland, with close to 680 000 vehicles (16% of the EU total), followed by Germany (546 000) and France (541 000), each corresponding to 13% of the total.

From 2017 to 2018, the highest increases in the number of trucks registered in the reporting country were observed in Lithuania (+12%), Ireland (+9%) and Slovenia (+6%), while the largest decreases were recorded in Greece (-10%), Poland (-3%) and France (-2%).

Bar chart: Number of goods vehicles (trucks) registered in each EU Member State or EFTA country, 2018

For more information on road freight, see the Statistics Explained articles Road freight transport statistics, Road freight transport by vehicle characteristics, Road freight transport by journey characteristics and Road freight transport by type of goods.

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