over %
Inadequate load securing is considered to be the cause of approximately 20 to 25 percent of traffic accidents in heavy goods transport.
Source: Umweltinstitut Offenbach GmbH
billion €
The German Insurance Association (GDV) settles transport damages amounting to 1.2 billion euros annually. A large part of this is due to inadequate or even missing load securing. More than 70 per cent of the vehicles inspected are objected to by the inspection bodies because of inadequate load securing.
Source: Umweltinstitut Offenbach GmbH
€ plus 1 point
If the loss of the load is due to inadequate load securing, the truck driver faces a fine of at least 60 euros and a point in Flensburg. In the event of a hazard or an accident, it will be even more expensive.
Source: www.bussgeldkatalog.org
As of 1 January 2020, there were around 22.5 million driving licences for heavy goods vehicles.
Source: KBA
In 2019, a total of 2,546,830 commercial vehicles were sold in the EU.
Source: ACEA
In 2019, the distance travelled by tractor units in Germany was around 20.4 billion kilometres.
Source: Federal Statistical Office; BMVBS; DIW Berlin; KBA; Federal Highway Research Institute
Transport performance of individual modes of transport in Germany 2019 (in billion tonne-kilometres)
Road freight transport
(domestic trucks only)*
Inland waterways
Values have been rounded for a better understanding of the statistics.

* The value for road transport also includes the transport performance of German trucks abroad.
** For the value for railways, only companies with a total transport performance of at least 10 million tonne-kilometres or 1 million tonne-kilometres in combined transport were taken into account.
*** The value for pipelines is an estimate.

Source: Federal Statistical Office, KBA

Professional drivers: age structure of the driving personnel in Germany
  • Under 25 Years 2.7% 2.7%
  • 25 to under 55 years 67.1% 67.1%
  • 55 to under 65 years 27.5% 27.5%
  • 65 years and older 2.7% 2.7%
Status: 31 December 2018
Source: Bundesagentur für Arbeit; BAG
In 2019, around 71,300 commercial vehicles (excluding buses) in the weight class over 16 tonnes were newly registered in Germany.
Source: AAA
The truck population in Germany on 1 January 2019 amounted to around three million two-axle and around 137,800 three- or multi-axle vehicles
Two axles
Three axles and more
Source: KBA
Number of commercial vehicles produced in selected European countries in 2019





















Source: OICA


Trucks are the most heavily used means of transport in commercial vehicle traffic in Germany. The share of trucks in the total transport performance in commercial vehicle traffic amounted to around 71.4 percent in 2019. According to forecasts, the share will increase even further by 2023.

Source: BMVI; BAG; KBA; Federal Statistical Office; SSP Consult
In 2019, 354,463 semi-trailers were registered in Germany.
Source: KBA
Lack of parking spaces has been a major problem for the industry for years. The Federal Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung) estimates that 30,000 to 35,000 spaces are lacking in Germany at night.
Source: BGL e. V
New registrations of commercial vehicles in Germany
In October 2020, around 6,800 commercial vehicles in the weight class over 6 tonnes were newly registered in Germany.
Source: VDA
  • Buses: 501 2% 2%
  • Commercial vehicles over 6 t: 6,812 24% 24%
  • Commercial vehicles up to 6 t: 29,032 100% 100%
In 2018, around 14 million tyres were replaced in the replacement business for trucks and buses in Europe set down.
Source: Eurostat; ETRMA; LMC Automotive

In August 2020, the number of new registrations of commercial vehicles fell in
in the EU by around

compared to the same month last year.
Source: ACEA
In 2020 there were around

tractor units in Germany.

For comparison:
in 2010 there were

Source: KBA
The statistics show the development of the total mileage of trucks in Germany in the years 1970 to 2018. In 2018, the mileage of trucks in Germany was around
billion kilometres
  • 1970: 26.4 billion kilometres 38.5% 38.5%
  • 1990: 33.1 billion kilometres 48.3% 48.3%
  • 2000: 58.9 billion kilometres 85.9% 85.9%
  • 2010: 60.7 billion kilometres 88.5% 88.5%
  • 2015: 68.6 billion kilometres 100% 100%
  • 2018: 65.7 billion kilometres 95.7% 95.7%
Source: Federal Statistical Office; BMVBS; DIW Berlin; KBA; Federal Highway Research Institute
trucks were registered in Germany on 1 January 2020
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2019, the transport performance of road freight transport in the European Union was around
trillion tonne-kilometres
Source: Eurostat, Statista 2020
In 2019 a total of about

new trucks were registered.
Of these, almost

38,600 were semi-trailer trucks.
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2018, the proportion of female professional drivers in Germany was around
1.8 %
Source: Statista 2020

Truck fleet in Germany by fuel type
Status: 1 January 2020


  • Ihr Titel 100% 100%


  • Ihr Titel 20% 20%
  • Electronics | 24,380 7% 7%
  • Liquid gas | 16,455 4% 4%
  • Natural gas | 13,649 3% 3%
  • Hybrid | 355 1% 1%
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2019, the stock of commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 20 tonnes in Germany amounted to around 141,000 commercial vehicles.
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2020 the average age of trucks in Germany was
Source: Statista, KBA
Despite slight fluctuations, the amount of trucks stolen each year seems to be decreasing.
Whereas in 2009 around 2,200 vans were permanently missing, in 2018 the figure was only half of that, with around 900.
Source: Statista, Federal Criminal Police Office