This indicator is a driving force indicator. Average age of the vehicle fleet is an indirect indicator of environmental performance of road transport. By exchanging old and polluting vehicles with younger and less polluting ones, the value of this indicator and the impact on the environment is expected to reduce.
However despite this expectation, data shows that, average age of the total registered cars increased from 12 in 2004 to 13.1 in 2017. During the same period, average age of passenger cars has increased from 10 to 12.4 by 24%. Average ages for various vehicle types in 2017 are as follows: 12.7 for minibuses, 12.5 for buses, 10.5 for small trucks, 15.5 for trucks, 12.7 for motorcycles, 11.7 for special purpose vehicles, 22.9 for tractors .
In EU-27, the average age of passenger cars, even though still lower than that figure in Turkey, has increased with 8% since 2000 and reached to 7.4 years in 2014. For other vehicle types, the average age was 8.4 years for vans, 8.1 years for heavy duty vehicles, 9.1 years for two-wheelers, and 9.4 years for buses .
GRAPH 91- AVERAGE AGE OF REGISTERED VEHICLES ACCORDING TO THE TYPES
Share of old (over 20 years) passenger cars is rather high in Turkey, 22% as of 2017 . This rate was 1.9% in the United Kingdom and 6% in Germany in 2016.
By the end of year 2017, in Turkey, age group distribution of vehicles registered: 31.7% of the vehicles are at 0-5 years age range, 18.8% at 6-10 years, 14.9% at 11-15 years, 11.8% at 16-20 years range and 22.7% of the vehicles are older than 20 years.
GRAPH 92- AGE GROUP DISTRIBUTION OF VEHICLES (%), 2004-2017