Annual run of vehicles  traffic density indicator measured in vehicle-kilometres. One vehicle-kilometre corresponds to drive of one vehicle to one kilometre distance.

Average daily run  the distance of the vehicle passed during twenty-four hours.

Business  working, business trips and meetings, visiting of branch offices, etc.

Co-passenger  uses the vehicle for travelling but does not drive the vehicle.

Driver  drives the vehicle.

Household  a group of people who live in the common main dwelling (at the same address) and share joint financial and/or food resources and whose members consider themselves to be one household. Household can also consist of one member only.

Leisure  visiting of entertainment, cultural and sports events, dealing with hobbies, etc.

Motor vehicle  engine powered vehicle, which is meant for the transport in roads. Bicycles with engine, mopeds and motor vehicles running on rails are excluded.

Shopping  buying of goods and services for private consumption.

Passenger car  motor vehicle, which is used for passenger transport and which register mass does not exceed 3500 kg and which in addition to driver seat has no more than 8 seats (vehicle with category M1). Included are passenger cars which are used regularly by household irrespective if the car belonged to employer or to leasing enterprise or was owned by other person. Does not include passenger cars which are rented for some days or passenger cars of friends and relatives which are used for a short period.

Passenger traffic volume  volume of passenger transport measured in passenger-kilometres. One passenger-kilometre is the transport of one person across a distance of one kilometre.

Purpose of journey  main destination of passengers: business, leisure, other (driving to educational or health institutions, shopping, etc.). One person may have different purposes of journey during the day; more than one answer is possible.

Working-age population population aged 1574 that is used when examining the economic activity of the population.


The survey on the Use of passenger cars was conducted in the 2nd quarter of 2004, 2005 and 2006 as an annex to the Estonian Labour Force Survey.

The questionnaire consisted of two parts:

- use of passenger cars by household during the year preceding the survey;

- use of passenger cars by individuals during the day before the interview.


In 2004, the address base of the 2000 Population and Housing Census and in 2005 and 2006 the Population Register served as a basis for the selection of persons to be interviewed.

The population of the survey comprised working-age persons and households whose permanent place of residence was in Estonia and which included at least one working-age member. Working-age persons are persons who at the reference week are aged 1574.


The sample of the survey based on systematic random sample by layers. The population was divided into layers by the place of residence of the person.


The expansion of the data is based on the estimated population of 1 January of the reference year. On the basis of the answers of interviewed persons the estimations were made on the use of passenger cars by households and by individuals. The data received through the expansion of the sample are the estimates of actual parameters. The estimates that are based on less than 20 persons of the sample have not been published as they are not reliable.


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