How old is the Dutch car fleet?


The age distribution of cars on 1 January 2020 can be found in Figure 2. It shows that it takes an average of ten years before at least half the car fleet is equipped with a new or renewed safety feature. On the reference date of 1 January 2020, for example, at least 36% of cars were equipped with electronic stability control, which had become mandatory in 2014.

Safe passenger cars

Figure 2. Age distribution of Dutch cars on 1 January 2020. At this point in time, the total number of Dutch cars amounted to 8,677,911. Source: Statistics Netherlands/Netherlands Vehicle Authority [36].

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Safe passenger cars

Since the seventies, the safety of car occupants has greatly improved, expressed in both the number of road crash fatalities and in mortality risk. Meer

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