Car use intensity

Car use intensity measures the intensity of use of passenger cars and is defined as the ratio between the number of cars and the kilometres they travel. It allows us to estimate the actual use of cars.

14,483 km/year

The average number of kilometres driven per car registered in Flanders in 2017 was approximately 14,500 km.

What do we see? 

In the last decade we see that the annual number of kilometres driven per car has decreased. The graph below shows that, compared to 2010, cars drove 750 km fewer per year in 2017.

The data is provided by the Federal Public Service Mobility & Transport and is yet to be published for the years since 2017. More recent data would allow us to have a better view on the current situation and its evolution over the past few years.



What’s the aim?

In a circular economy, the material and carbon footprint should be minimised. When we apply this to passenger transport by car, this can be achieved by a more efficient and intense use of a smaller number of vehicles. In doing so we would pay off the material footprint of a car’s production over more kilometres of use. One of the ways this could be achieved is by encouraging car sharing initiatives.

What does this indicator measure?

This indicator measures the car use intensity. It is defined as the ratio between the number of cars and the kilometres they travel. It also provides us with an understanding of how much time during the year a car has been idle.

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