Indicator air

Freight traffic, road

Carriage of goods is necessary for a functioning economy but is associated with noise, air pollution which is damaging to health and emissions of greenhouse gases. Transport infrastructure takes up space and carves up the landscape. The pollution can be reduced if more goods are shipped by rail instead of road.

Assessment of the state
poor poor
Assessment of the trend
negative negative
Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2016: 6504 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2015: 6364 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2014: 6234 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2013: 6117 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2012: 6005 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2011: 5893 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2010: 5727 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2009: 5594 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2008: 5628 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2007: 5567 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2006: 5445 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2005: 5346 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2004: 5296 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2003: 5215 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2002: 5187 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2001: 5192 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 2000: 5230 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1999: 5093 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1998: 4957 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1997: 4859 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1996: 4822 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1995: 4853 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1994: 4777 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1993: 4656 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1992: 4699 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1991: 4682 Distances travelled by freight traffic on the roads 1990: 4592

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: FSO
Comment

The distance travelled by goods vehicles on the road has increased by some 41% since 1990 from 4,592 to 6,504 million km per year. Whereas over half of all goods were transported by rail in 1980, the level has settled at around 39% since the mid-1990s.

Hence  a clear trend towards the use of road vehicles for goods transport is observable. In addition, goods transport intensity has also increased. This means that goods transport (in tonne-kilometres) is increasing faster than gross domestic product. This indicates that more transport is required for the production of goods. This increase can be explained by the fact that the differentiation of labour is increasing, goods are being produced in fewer places and more transport is needed as a result. This development is likely to continue. This makes it all the more important to increase goods transport by rail in the future.

Method

This indicator shows the distance travelled annually on the roads by goods vehicles (in vehicle-kilometres), divided into light vehicles with a maximum total weight of 3.5 tonnes and heavier trucks. Domestic and foreign vehicles are included. The data is derived from the Swiss "Gütertransportstatistik" published annually by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

 
Last updated on: 02.10.2018

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