Title of statistical activity: Registered motor vehicles

Code of statistical activity: 22027

  1. Contact
  2. Metadata update
  3. Statistical presentation
  4. Unit of measure
  5. Reference period
  6. Institutional mandate
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Release policy
  9. Frequency of dissemination
  10. Accessibility and clarity
  11. Quality management
  12. Relevance
  13. Accuracy and reliability
  14. Timeliness and punctuality
  15. Coherence and comparability
  16. Cost and burden
  17. Data revision
  18. Statistical processing

1. Contact Individual or organisational contact points for the data or metadata, including information on how to reach the contact points.

1.1. Contact organisation The name of the organisation of the contact points for the data or metadata.

Statistics Estonia

1.2. Contact organisation unit An addressable subdivision of an organisation.

Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department

1.3. Contact name The name of the contact points for the data or metadata.

Rita Raudjärv

1.4. Contact person function The area of technical responsibility of the contact, such as "methodology", "database management" or "dissemination".

Leading Analyst

1.5. Contact mail address The postal address of the contact points for the data or metadata.

51 Tatari Str, 10134 Tallinn, Estonia

1.6. Contact email address E-mail address of the contact points for the data or metadata.


1.7. Contact phone number The telephone number of the contact points for the data or metadata.

+372 625 9228

2. Metadata update The date on which the metadata element was inserted or modified in the database.

2.1. Metadata last certified Date of the latest certification provided by the domain manager to confirm that the metadata posted are still up-to-date, even if the content has not been amended.


2.2. Metadata last update Date of last update of the content of the metadata.


3. Statistical presentation

3.1. Data description Main characteristics of the data set described in an easily understandable manner, referring to the data and indicators disseminated.

Vehicles by type; mobile machinery and tractor trailers registered in the traffic register; first registrations of vehicles, mobile machinery and tractor trailers

Registered civil aircraft

Sea-going vessels registered in the Estonian ship registers

Railway vehicles in the railway traffic register by type

Trams and trolley buses

3.2. Classification system Arrangement or division of objects into groups based on characteristics which the objects have in common.

Not used

3.3. Sector coverage Main economic or other sectors covered by the statistics.

Vehicles registered in various registers

According to the Traffic Act, trolley busses and trams and their trailers are registered and the registers thereof maintained by their owners.

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions Statistical characteristics of statistical observations.

Aircraft – any machine that can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air other than the reactions of the air against the ground or against water. Aircraft are divided into state aircraft and civil aircraft. A state aircraft is an aircraft which is used in Defence Forces, customs or police services. Aircraft which is not used in the above-mentioned services is deemed to be civil aircraft.

Bus – a motorised road transport vehicle with more than 9 seats designated for carrying passengers.

Copter – a heavier-than-air aircraft supported in flight chiefly by the reactions of the air on one or more power-driven rotors on substantially vertical axes.

Deadweight – the weight in tonnes of cargo, stores, fuel, passengers and crew carried by the ship when loaded to her maximum summer load line.

Freighting – renting of ship, bareboat chartered ship.

Gross tonnage — the measure of the total capacity of a ship, tug or barge. A measure with no unit.

Lorry – a motor vehicle with a rigid frame designated solely or mainly for carrying goods.

Mobile machinery – a power-driven vehicle on wheels designed for carrying out specific work and with a design speed of more than 6 km/h but less than 40 km/h. Vehicles designed for specific work applications which are manufactured on the basis of motor vehicles are not deemed to be mobile machinery.

Motor vehicle – an engine-powered vehicle, which is meant for the transport in roads. Motor assisted cycles, mopeds and rail-borne vehicles powered by engine are excluded.

Net tonnage – the measure of the internal capacity of a ship, tug or barge’s cargo space volume only. A measure with no unit.

Other aircraft – balloon, sailplane, powered (motorised) hang-glider.

Passenger car – a motorised road transport vehicle, which is not a motorcycle, designated for carrying passengers and which has less than 10 seats.

Plane – a power-driven heavier-than-air aircraft, deriving its lift in flight chiefly from aerodynamic reactions on surfaces which remain fixed under given conditions of flight.

Register of bareboat chartered ships – a register maintained by the Maritime Administration. Sea-going vessels which may fly the national flag of the Republic of Estonia shall be entered in the register of bareboat chartered ships.

Ship register – sea-going vessels of at least 12 m in length and which are required to fly or may fly the national flag of the Republic of Estonia shall be entered in the ship register. Inland vessels of at least 12 m in length owned by natural persons resident in Estonia or Estonian legal persons shall also be entered in the ship register. Sailing yachts and launches shall be entered in the ship register if the overall length of the sailing yacht or launch is at least 24 m.

Small plane – an aeroplane of a maximum certified take-off mass of 5,700 kg or less.

Trailer – a vehicle manufactured to be drawn when coupled to a power-driven vehicle or a vehicle adapted for this purpose.

Tram – passenger road vehicle designed to seat more than 9 persons, which is rail borne and connected to an overhead wire or powered by diesel engine.

Trolley bus – passenger road vehicle designed to seat more than 9 persons (incl. the driver), which is connected to an overhead wire and which is not rail-borne.

Vehicle registered for the first time – a road transport vehicle registered for the first time in Estonia.

3.5. Statistical unit Entity for which information is sought and for which statistics are ultimately compiled.


3.6. Statistical population The total membership or population or "universe" of a defined class of people, objects or events.

Road and railway vehicles and watercraft and air craft registered in Estonia


Not applicable

3.7. Reference area The country or geographic area to which the measured statistical phenomenon relates.

Estonia as a whole

3.8. Time coverage The length of time for which data are available.

Road vehicles 1990–…

Aircraft 1994–…

Watercraft 2000–…

Railway vehicles 2009–…

Trams and trolley buses 1980–…

3.9. Base period The period of time used as the base of an index number, or to which a constant series refers.

Not applicable

4. Unit of measure The unit in which the data values are measured.

Number on vehicles; length of tramway tracks and trolley bus routes (km), number of tram passenger carriages and trolley buses

5. Reference period The period of time or point in time to which the measured observation is intended to refer.



6. Institutional mandate

6.1. Legal acts and other agreements Legal acts or other formal or informal agreements that assign responsibility as well as the authority to an agency for the collection, processing, and dissemination of statistics.


Not available


Not available


Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

International Transport Forum (ITF)

7. Confidentiality A property of data indicating the extent to which their unauthorised disclosure could be prejudicial or harmful to the interest of the source or other relevant parties.

7.1. Confidentiality - policy Legislative measures or other formal procedures which prevent unauthorised disclosure of data that identify a person or economic entity either directly or indirectly.

The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 32, § 34, § 35, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act.

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment Rules applied for treating the data set to ensure statistical confidentiality and prevent unauthorised disclosure.

The treatment of confidential data is regulated by the Procedure for Protection of Data Collected and Processed by Statistics Estonia: https://www.stat.ee/66485.

8. Release policy Rules for disseminating statistical data to interested parties.

8.1. Release calendar The schedule of statistical release dates.

Notifications about the dissemination of statistics are published in the release calendar, which is available on the website. Every year on 1 October, the release times of the statistical database, news releases, main indicators by IMF SDDS and publications for the following year are announced in the release calendar (in the case of publications – the release month).

8.2. Release calendar access Access to the release calendar information.


8.3. User access The policy for release of the data to users, the scope of dissemination (e.g. to the public, to selected users), how users are informed that the data are being released, and whether the policy determines the dissemination of statistical data to all users.

All users have been granted equal access to official statistics: dissemination dates of official statistics are announced in advance and no user category (incl. Eurostat, state authorities and mass media) is provided access to official statistics before other users. Official statistics are first published in the statistical database. If there is also a news release, it is published simultaneously with data in the statistical database. Official statistics are available on the website at 8:00 a.m. on the date announced in the release calendar.

9. Frequency of dissemination The time interval at which the statistics are disseminated over a given time period.


10. Accessibility and clarity

10.1. News release Regular or ad-hoc press releases linked to the data.

Not published

10.2. Publications Regular or ad-hoc publications in which the data are made available to the public.

Not published

10.3. Online database Information about on-line databases in which the disseminated data can be accessed.

Data are published in the statistical database at http://pub.stat.ee under the subject area “Economy / Transport / Registered motor vehicles" in the following table:

TS322: First registrations of vehicles (months)

10.4. Microdata access Information on whether micro-data are also disseminated.

Not applicable

10.5. Other References to the most important other data dissemination done.

Not used

10.6. Documentation on methodology Descriptive text and references to methodological documents available.

Glossary for Transport Statistics (prepared by the Intersecretariat Working Group on Transport Statistics – Eurostat, ITF and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)


10.7. Quality documentation Documentation on procedures applied for quality management and quality assessment.

Not available

11. Quality management Systems and frameworks in place within an organisation to manage the quality of statistical products and processes.

11.1. Quality assurance All systematic activities implemented that can be demonstrated to provide confidence that the processes will fulfil the requirements for the statistical output.

To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, the European Statistics Code of Practice and the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements in § 7. “Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.

11.2. Quality assessment Overall assessment of data quality, based on standard quality criteria.

Statistics Estonia performs all statistical activities according to an international model (Generic Statistical Business Process Model – GSBPM). According to the GSBPM, the final phase of statistical activities is overall evaluation using information gathered in each phase or sub-process; this information can take many forms, including feedback from users, process metadata, system metrics and suggestions from employees. This information is used to prepare the evaluation report which outlines all the quality problems related to the specific statistical activity and serves as input for improvement actions.

12. Relevance The degree to which statistical information meet current and potential needs of the users.

12.1. User needs Description of users and their respective needs with respect to the statistical data.

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Ministry of Rural Affairs

Ministry of the Environment

Users’ suggestions and information about taking these into account are available on the website of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.

12.2. User satisfaction Measures to determine user satisfaction.

Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys.

All results are available on the website at https://www.stat.ee/user-surveys.

12.3. Completeness The extent to which all statistics that are needed are available.

In compliance with the rules (regulations)

13. Accuracy and reliability Accuracy: closeness of computations or estimates to the exact or true values that the statistics were intended to measure.
Reliability: closeness of the initial estimated value to the subsequent estimated value.

13.1. Overall accuracy Assessment of accuracy, linked to a certain data set or domain, which is summarising the various components.

The type of survey and the data collection methods ensure sufficient coverage and timeliness.

13.2. Sampling error That part of the difference between a population value and an estimate thereof, derived from a random sample, which is due to the fact that only a subset of the population is enumerated.

Not applicable

13.3. Non-sampling error Error in survey estimates which cannot be attributed to sampling fluctuations.

Not measured

14. Timeliness and punctuality

14.1. Timeliness Length of time between data availability and the event or phenomenon they describe.

Annual data are published 85 days after the end of the reference year (T + 85) and 190 days after the end of the reference year (T + 190).

Monthly data are published 15 days after the end of the reference month (T + 15).

14.2. Punctuality Time lag between the actual delivery of the data and the target date when it should have been delivered.

The data have been published at the time announced in the release calendar.

15. Coherence and comparability

15.1. Comparability - geographical The extent to which statistics are comparable between geographical areas.

The data are internationally comparable, as defined in Eurostat/OECD/UNECE Common Questionnaire on transport.

15.2. Comparability - over time The extent to which statistics are comparable or reconcilable over time.

Since 1994, statistics do not include vehicles that have not been technically inspected for years. Vehicles that were not reregistered by 1 July 2001 were removed from the car register database.

From 2017, vehicles are not published by administrative units.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain The extent to which statistics are reconcilable with those obtained through other data sources or statistical domains.

Not applicable

15.4. Coherence - internal The extent to which statistics are consistent within a given data set.

The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.

16. Cost and burden Cost associated with the collection and production of a statistical product and burden on respondents.

Cost of statistical activity 7.2 thousand euros (data for 2018)

Total time of filling in reports of the statistical activity, working days: 6.6

Average time of filling in the reports, hours per report:

Liiklusregister 3.5

Sõidukite arvelevõtmine 3.5

Laevaregistrid 3.5

Õhusõidukite register 3.5

(data for 2016)

17. Data revision Any change in a value of a statistic released to the public.

17.1. Data revision - policy Policy aimed at ensuring the transparency of disseminated data, whereby preliminary data are compiled that are later revised.

The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the dissemination policy of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/dissemination-policy.

17.2. Data revision - practice Information on the data revision practice.

The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, errors are discovered, new or better data become available or when the data for the following period are published.

18. Statistical processing

18.1. Source data Characteristics and components of the raw statistical data used for compiling statistical aggregates.


According to the Traffic Act, trolley busses and trams and their trailers are registered and the registers thereof maintained by their owners.


The traffic register data of the Estonian Road Administration are collected with the official statistics annual questionnaire “Traffic Register”.

The railway traffic register data of the Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority are collected with the official statistics questionnaire “Railways and railway rolling stock”.

The ship register data of the Estonian Maritime Administration are collected with the annual official statistics questionnaire “Ship Register”.

The data of the national civil aircraft register of the Estonian Civil Aviation Administration are collected with the official statistics annual questionnaire “Aircraft Register”.

The vehicle database data of the Traffic Register of the Estonian Road Administration are collected with official statistics monthly questionnaire “Registration of vehicles”.


Not used

18.2. Frequency of data collection Frequency with which the source data are collected.



18.3. Data collection Systematic process of gathering data for official statistics.

Data are collected and the submission of questionnaires is monitored through eSTAT (the web channel for electronic data submission). The questionnaires have been designed for independent completion in eSTAT and include instructions and controls. The questionnaires and information about data submission are available on Statistics Estonia’s website at https://www.stat.ee/andmete-esitamine (in Estonian).

Data are collected with the official statistics annual questionnaires “Traffic register” , “Ship register”, “Aircraft register” and “Fixed stock of tram and trolley bus transport” and with the monthly questionnaire “Registration of vehicles”.

18.4. Data validation Process of monitoring the results of data compilation and ensuring the quality of statistical results.

The data are validated by the data administrator.

18.5. Data compilation Operations performed on data to derive new information according to a given set of rules.

The collected data are converted into statistical input. This includes calculation of additional indicators.

18.6. Adjustment The set of procedures employed to modify statistical data to enable it to conform to national or international standards or to address data quality differences when compiling specific data sets.

Not applied

19. Comments Supplementary descriptive text which can be attached to data or metadata.

As of 2016, the statistical activity 22027 “Registered motor vehicles” is merged with the statistical activity 22028 “First registrations of vehicles” and the component concerning the rolling and fixed stock of tram and trolley bus transport of the former statistical activity “General data of transport” (22029).

Since 2017, the national component (statistics by counties) of the statistical activity is reduced.