142 103 driver's licenses were issued in 2020 according
to Statistics Austria. This corresponds to a decrease of 6% compared
to 2019 (151 477) and is the lowest value for the past 8 years. With
these driver's licences, 157 246 authorizations to drive different vehicles
were acquired, 13 430
From March to May and in December 2020 large declines
were recorded. An all-time low was reached in April with a minus of
95% and only 888 driving authorizations issued (April 2019: 16 808).
There were also large declines in March
The number of A-class authorizations (motorcycle:
A, A1, A2) increased significantly with a plus of 9% compared to the
previous year: with 19 392 driving authorizations the highest value for
the A-classes was achieved for the past eight years (2019: 17 844). An
increase was observed in almost all months except during the first corona-related
lockdown from March to May and in December. During the second lockdown
in November, the number even increased by 47% compared to the previous
year. In contrast, a decline was recorded in almost all driving authorization
classes in 2020. Particularly affected were the F-class (tractor;
Car driving authorizations (B-class) also decreased significantly in 2020. 76 800 people obtained the B-class, which is 5 143 fewer authorizations or minus 6% compared to 2019 (81 943). While the decline in the regular B-class (18 years and older) was even higher at minus 10%, the number of L17 driving licences actually increased by 2%. In general, the trend towards the increasing choice of the L17 driving licence thus continued. In 2020, 35% already acquired the B-class in the form of an L17 driving licence, compared to 32% in 2019 and only 25% 10 years ago.
The share of the L17 licence within the B-class varied between the federal states. In Burgenland, already more than half of the B-class licenses (54%) were acquired in the form of an L17, followed by Lower Austria (48%) and Carinthia (44%). In Vienna, on the other hand, the share was only 12% and in Vorarlberg 16%.
In general, persons who regularly acquire the B-class are becoming older. The average age was 21.5 years in 2020, while it was 20.2 years 10 years ago. The federal states recorded great differences here as well. The average age was the lowest in Vorarlberg with 20.3 years, in Burgenland and Tyrol it was at 20.5 years, and in Vienna it was by far the highest at 24.1 years.
For more detailed results and further information please refer to the German version.
|Time series: Acquired driving licences by classes, 2011 to 2020|
|Time series: New and extended driving licences by federal state of the issuing authority 2011 to 2020|
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