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Date Last Updated: 07-09-2017

Survey Name:

Road Freight Transport Survey

Survey purpose:

The survey results show the amount of work done, goods carried, empty running etc by Irish registered goods vehicles and give quarterly information on the scale and development of carriage of goods by road.

Legislative Basis National:

Statutory Instrument Number 146 of 2016 - Statistics (National Survey of Transport of Goods by Road) Order 2016

Legislative Basis European:

Council Regulation (EC) 70 /2012 on statistical returns in respect of the carriage of goods by road



Statistical Population:

Irish registered goods vehicles with an unladen weight of 2,000kgs and over

Sampling Frame:

Register of all vehicles taxed as goods vehicles with an unladen weight of 2 tonnes and over maintained in Transport section and updated every 8 weeks with goods vehicle file received from VRU.

Reference Area:

Road freight activity undertaken by Irish registered goods vehicles on national and international road networks.

Time Coverage:


Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

State, Region

Survey Size:

Approximately 25,000 Irish registered goods vehicles with an unladen weight of 2 tonnes and over sampled p.a.

Principal Variables:

Business of owner of vehicle. Hirecode (whether vehicle is for carriage of own goods or for hire/reward). Type of work normally done by vehicle. Unladen weight of vehicle. Load Capacity of vehicle. Weight of goods carried. Type of goods carried. Distance travelled. Origin. Destination.

Principal External Users:

Government, Eurostat and general public

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Business Statistics

Contact Person:

Brendan Curtin

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Noreen Dorgan and Marie O'Rourke

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000