Vehicle-kilometer Statistics, 2018 in Turkey

In Turkey, road motor vehicles(1) registered to the traffic travelled 306 billion 926 million kilometers in 2018. Passenger cars constituted 55.7% of total vehicle-km(2) followed by small trucks with 20.6%, trucks 11.8%, minibuses 4.3%, motorcycles 4.1% and buses 3.5%.

While total number of vehicles increased by 2.9%, total vehicle-km increased by 0.9% compared with the previous year

While total number of road motor vehicles increased by 2.9%, total vehicle-km increased by 0.9% in 2018 compared with the previous year in Turkey. Number of passenger cars increased by 3.0%, minibuses 1.9%, small trucks 3.1%, trucks 0.8% and motorcycles 3.5%, while number of buses decreased by 1.5%. However, vehicle-km increased by 8.3% for passenger cars and 7.4% for motorcycles, while it decreased by 2.1% for minibuses, 6.8% for small trucks, 13.9% for trucks and 4.1% for buses.

Passenger cars travelled 13 thousand 776 kilometer on average

In terms of average distance travelled in year 2018, buses travelled 48 thousand 826 kilometers followed by trucks 42 thousand 791, minibuses 27 thousand 77, small trucks 16 thousand 871, passenger cars 13 thousand 776 and motorcycles 3 thousand 960 kilometers respectively.

Diesel-fuelled passenger cars constituted 47.8% of total distance travelled by passenger cars

When distance travelled by passenger cars in 2018 was examined in terms of fuel types of vehicles, 47.8% of the total vehicle-kilometer was constituted of diesel-fuelled, 33.4% of LPG-fuelled and 18.8% of gasoline-fuelled passenger cars.

Maximum distance was travelled by vehicles aged 12 years and above

When total distance travelled was analyzed in terms of age groups of vehicles in 2018, maximum distance was travelled by vehicles aged 12 years and above with the rate of 31.5%, which met 45.3% of the vehicle fleet, followed by 29.7% for 0-3 years, 24.6% for 4-7 years, 14.2% for 8-11 years old vehicles respectively in Turkey. This rate was 33.9% for passenger cars aged 12 years and above, 31.6% for 0-3, 23.5% for 4-7 and 11.0% for 8-11 years old.

The ratio of vehicles inspected once during roadworthiness tests was 64.8%

In Turkey 8 million 870 thousand 625 vehicles were subject to inspection in 2018. While 64.8% of the vehicles were inspected once, 34.2% twice, 0.8% three times and 0.2% four and more times. The total number of inspected vehicles increased by 6.6% in 2018 compared with 2017. This increase was 8.2% in passenger cars, 6.5% in small trucks, 4.6% in motorcycles and 2.5% in minibuses, while it decreased by 1.1% for buses and 0.8% for trucks.

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(1) It covers passenger cars, minibuses, buses, small trucks, trucks (tankers and road tractors are also included) and motorcycles. Special purpose vehicles and tractors are out of coverage.

(2) It is calculated by using administrative records compiled from odometers of passenger cars, minibuses, buses, small trucks, trucks and motorcycles visiting vehicle inspection stations. It covers distance travelled on both national and international roads by road motor vehicles registered to the traffic in Turkey.

Source: TurkStat
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