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The transport sector plays a central role in a modern economy. Mobility of goods (raw materials, semi-manufactured and finished products) and people (e.g. apprentices, employees, travellers, consumers) is required in the first place for the division of labour to function and for value added to be created in all economic sectors. Statistical information on transport provides an important basis for entrepreneurial decisions and transport policies.

Official transport statistics are rather strictly geared to the “transport” activity (functional delimitation of respondents to be covered) and the conditions directly required for it. The surveys cover all important items of information, in particular, on transport performance (people and goods carried), on carriers, stocks of means of transport, transport infrastructure and traffic accidents. As a consequence, official transport statistics cover all enterprises that exercise some kind of transport activity, irrespective of whether the transport activity is an enterprise’s main, secondary or ancillary activity (e.g. transport on own account of enterprises of distributive trade).

School children and traffic: boys more often harmed in accidents than girls

School has started again after the summer holidays in most German Länder. Therefore, car drivers ought to watch out especially for school children. In 2016, approximately 22,400 children aged 6 to 14 years were harmed in traffic accidents in Germany, 34 were killed. This means that, on average, every 24 minutes a child of that age group was harmed in road traffic.

6 to 14-year-old children rather often had accidents when on their bikes (39% of all accidents). Another 32% were harmed while in a passenger car, 24% while on foot. The risk of being involved in a accident was notably higher for boys than for girls. 67% of the children harmed while cycling were boys, as were 56% of the children who were walking. The reasons may be that boys are out on the roads more often and that they are more ready to take risks.

In 2016, many of the 6 to 14-year-olds on bikes or on foot were harmed at times when they would be on their way to school. In terms of the casualties of the entire day, 16% of these children were injured or killed in the morning between 7 and 8 o'clock.


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Key figures

Road network (roads of other than local trans­port)2016230,082 km
Railway lines (Length of lines operated)201437,775 km
Length of waterways20157,675 km
Stock of passenger cars
New registrations of passenger cars20153,206,000


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