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Short term statistics, Department of business statistics.
Søren Dalbro
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Car Register and Publications

The car register is a database with actual and historical information on vehicles and their owners and users.

The most important variables used to describe the individual vehicle are type (passenger car, van, bus, lorry, etc.), manufacturer, model and variant, weight and fuel type, ownership and geographical location.

Calculations are made of the size of the vehicle fleet and its composition as well as calculations concerning changes in the form of new registrations, retirements, re-registrations and changes in ownership. Calculations are also made of the energy efficiency of newly registered private cars, investment in new private cars and concerning the population's access to vehicles.

Data description

The car register is established in 1992. It contain actual as well as historical data for the vehicles which were registered then and the vehicles which have been registered since then.

The car register today is a database with approx. 400 tables containing new and historical information on vehicles that are registered in the Digital Motor Register according to the Danish Act on the registration of motor vehicles (Lov om registrering af motorkøretøjer) and their owners and users.

The register does not contain vehicles that do not have to be registered, for example contractors' supplies or military vehicles. Certain other vehicles that have to be registered are, however, not included in the register, for example some of the vehicles belonging to the police and vehicles only used within closed areas such as ports and airports.

Looking at the households, the ownership figures can be supplemented to cover the entire population, while industries can be supplemented to cover all enterprises.

The most important variables used to describe the individual vehicle are type (passenger car, van, bus, lorry, etc.), manufacturer, model and variant, weight and fuel type, ownership and geographical location.

The most important variables used to describe the entire populations' family relations are the type of family, dwelling, education, income, employment title and geographic location.

The most important variables used to describe the the enterprises are type of enterprise (business sector) and geographic location. It is possible to collect data on the number of employees and turnover.

The publications from the car register:

In the publications, calculations are made of the size of the vehicle fleet and its composition as well as calculations concerning changes in the form of new registrations, retirements, re-registrations and changes in ownership. Calculations are also made of the energy efficiency of newly registered private cars and concerning the population's access to vehicles.

  • Monthly publication of provisional figures concerning new registrations of motor vehicles and seasonally adjusted figures.
  • Monthly publication of time series figures concerning new registrations, used-car sale and stock.
  • Annual publication of stock figures concerning the entire national vehicle fleet at the end of the year with considerable detail, for example geographical divisions.
  • Annual publication of figures concerning the energy efficiency (km/l) and own weight of newly registered private cars.
  • Annual publication concerning figures of all families in Denmark and their purchase of and access to one or more vehicles (private cars, company cars and private vans) by geography and demography (type of family, income, education, dwelling and employment title).

Classification system

Private cars by segment. Segmentation of private cars is primarily done by an evaluation of the dimensions of the vehicles (length, width and height), but weight, engine effect and equipment can also been taken into account. The segmentation is aimed to be as objective as possible.

There are the following segments: Mini, Small, Medium, Large, Small SUV (Special utility vehicle), Large SUV, Small MPV (Multi purpose vehicle), Medium MPV, Large MPV, Sport, Executive and Luxury and Other.

In the publications Small and Large SUV are added to SUV, Small, Medium and Large MPV are added to MPV, while Sport, Executive, Luxury and Other are added to Other.

The complete list of segments by make and model is here List of segments

Sector coverage

The car register consist of all existing and former registered vehicles and the persons/families and enterprises who have a relationship to the vehicles as owners or users.

The registers on persons/families cover the total populations as well as the register on enterprises cover all enterprises.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Stock of Vehicles: Number of active/registered vehicles at a certain time.

User: The registered user of the vehicle. Can be in the sector households or business.

Used Car Sale or Second Hand Sale: Transactions with used or second hand vehicles consist of re-registrations of used vehicles and owner shifts of already registered vehicles.

Bus: Motor vehicle for passenger transport with 9 passengers or more excl. driver.

Caravan: Part of other vehicles. Trailer equipped with sleeping facilities etc.

Owner: The registered owner of the vehicle. Can be in the sector households or business.

Owner Shift: Shift of owner for registered vehicle without change of license number.

Business Sector: Owner and user of a vehicle belong either to private households or to business sector. The business sector consist of the owners/users whom in the register are identified by an enterprise identification number (CBR-number).

Business Leasing: The vehicle is leased by a company (as user) which is different from the leasing company (the owner).

Re-registration: Registration of a former registered vehicle with a new license number. Also registration of imported used vehicles.

Household: Owner and user of a vehicle belong either to private households or to business sector. Households consist of the owners/users whom in the register are identified by personal identification number (CPR-number).

Vehicle: The car register and the publications contain vehicles that must be registered before their use on the public road net.

Truck or Lorry: Motor vehicle for goods transport. Gross weight over 3,500 kg.

Leasing: Leasing is a concept where the vehicle is owned by a leasing company and leased to another user. The user can be a private person or a company.

Motor Vehicle: Part of vehicles; in the publications all vehicles with engine. I.e. passenger cars, vans, busses, lorries an road tractors, tractor, motor bikes and mopeds.

New Registration: First time registration of a new vehicle. Imported used vehicles will be re-registered. It is normally the owner who is considered as the buyer of the vehicle and is applied to link the registration to a sector - household or business. In case of leasing it is the user who is applied for this purpose.

Passenger Car: Motor vehicle for passenger transport; less than 9 passengers excl. driver.

Private Leasing: The vehicle is leased to a private person as user.

Trailer: Part of other vehicles. Vehicle without engine for goods transport. Can be hauled by all motor vehicles except mopeds.

Registration: Every transaction in DMR, for example registration of a new vehicle or shift of owner, establish new data in the register, and the validity of the former data - if there are some - is closed. Every transaction can be linked to a sector - households or business - and it is done by the owner of the vehicle. Except from this is leasing where we apply the user.

Semi-trailer: Part of other vehicles. Vehicle without engine for goods transport. Normally hauled by road tractor, but can be hauled by lorry as well.

Road Tractor: Motor vehicle for hauling of semi-trailers.

Supply of Passenger Cars to Business Sector: The supply of passenger cars to business is a sum of new registrations in business (as owners) exclusive leasing vehicles but inclusive the leasing companies vehicles for own use and leasing of new vehicles in business (as users).

Supply of Passenger Cars to Households: The supply of passenger cars to households is a sum of new registrations in households (as owners) and private leasing in households (as users).

Tractor: Part of motor vehicle. Vehicle for use in farming or road construction etc.

Van: Motor vehicle for goods transport. Gross weight up to 3,500 kg.

Other Vehicles: Part of vehicles; vehicles without engine. I.e. trailers and semi-trailers, caravans, working vehicles.

Price: The price cover the amount of money incl. taxes etc. that the buyer pay for the new car. For all buyers it sums to the total investment.

Statistical unit

  • The calculations of new registrations, used car sales and stock use number of vehicles.
  • The calculations of families purchase of or access to cars use number of families.
  • The calculations of energy efficiency use km/liter etc. which show the available distance on 1 liter of fuel.
  • The calculation of the value of new registered private cars use the price incl. taxes etc. that the buyer pay for the car.

Statistical population

Active and former registered vehicles with owners and users in the form of persons/families or enterprises. Persons/families and enterprises without vehicles.

Reference area

The publications covers all Denmark excluding Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Subdivisions on regions, municipalities, postal codes or own areas are possible in the field of paid services.

Time coverage

The register contain data for the vehicles which was registered at the beginning of the register in January 1992 and the vehicles that since then has been registered.

Monthly publications.

  • Series for new registrations in real figures since 1992
  • Series for supply and leasing of passenger cars since 2007
  • Seasonally adjusted series for new registrations and supply of passenger cars since 2007
  • Series for owner shifts, re-registrations, used car sales and stock of vehicles since 2000

Yearly publications.

  • Series for energy efficiency for new passenger cars since July 1997
  • Series for families purchase of passenger cars and vans since 1999
  • Series for families access to one or more vehicles (passenger cars, company cars and private vans) since 1999
  • Series for stock of vehicles since 1993

Other publications

  • Series for the value of new registered private cars since 2004.

Base period

Not relevant for these statistics.

Unit of measure

  • The calculations of new registrations, used car sales and stock use number of vehicles.
  • The calculations of families purchase of or access to cars use number of families.
  • The calculations of energy efficiency use km/liter etc.
  • The calculations of the value of new registered private cars use DKK million.

Reference period

The register:

Calculations on the basis of the register - of transactions or stock figures - can be carried out for optional periods or optional dates of stocktaking.

The publications:

  • The provisional figures published monthly in News from Statistics Denmark concerning new registrations of motor vehicles consist of figures for the most recent month, the same month a year ago, the year, the previous year and the year to date. Furthermore, seasonally adjusted figures for the past six months are calculated.
  • The time series published monthly in StatBank Denmark concerning the composition and size of the fleets (stocks) and movements in these in the form of new registrations including seasonally adjusted figures, retirements, re-registrations and changes in ownership consist of figures for the most recent month, and most of the series start in January 1992. The date of stocktaking is at the end of the mentioned periods.
  • Time series concerning the value of new registered private cars ate published ultimo first quarter for the previous year.
  • The stock figures concerning the entire vehicle fleet published annually in News from Statistics Denmark and StatBank Denmark are as at 31 December.
  • The figures concerning the energy efficiency (km/l) and own weight of newly registered private cars published annually in News from Statistics Denmark and Statbank Denmark are calculated for the period July-June. The first figures start in July 1997.
  • The figures concerning all families in Denmark and their access to one or more vehicles (stock) or purchase of vehicles (new registrations) published annually in News from Statistics Denmark and StatBank Denmark are as at 31 December/foregoing year.

It should be mentioned that the reference time for the background variables often differ from the reference time for the vehicle data. At the time of calculation, the variables from the population statistics can be up to twelve months old while the variables from the income statistics can be up to 24 months old.

Frequency of dissemination

The register: The register is updated monthly on the basis of the information on new or existing vehicles in the Digital Motor Register, DMR.

Data from DMR are extracted during the night of the second day in the month following the reference month.

The Danish Transport Authority deliver MOT data monthly on the first working day after the reference month, and they include kilometer observations.

The publications:

  • The monthly articles in News from Statistics Denmark and the series in StatBank Denmark are published twelve times a year.
  • The annual article in News from Statistics Denmark and StatBank Denmark concerning stock figures for the entire vehicle fleet is published annually.
  • The annual article in News from Statistics Denmark and StatBank Denmark concerning the energy efficiency (km/l) and own weight of newly registered passenger cars is published annually.
  • The article in News from Statistics Denmark concerning all families in Denmark and their access to one or more vehicles is published every second year and annually in StatBank Denmark.
  • The annual article in News from Statistics Denmark and StatBank Denmark concerning the value of newly registered passenger cars is published annually.

Legal acts and other agreements

The data in the car register are collected with reference to Section 6 in the Act on Statistics Denmark (Lov om Danmarks Statistik), cf. Order no. 599 of 22 June 2000 with later amendments. Law on Statistics Denmark, in Danish.

The car register is not subject to any specific EU regulation, but data are supplied to the national accounts, which are regulated by Council Regulation (EC) No. 549/2013 on the European system of national and regional accounts in the Community.

Cost and burden

None.

Comment

Information on service is available on request from Karina Moric, tel. +45 3917 3032, mail: kam@dst.dk or Søren Dalbro, tel. +45 3917 3416, mail: sda@dst.dk