Road traffic counts; implementation

To monitor traffic development and determine traffic volumes, traffic on Bavaria's roads is recorded in regular road traffic counts. In addition, special counts are carried out on an ad hoc basis. In Bavaria, traffic is mainly counted using temporary measuring devices that are deployed at different locations and thus replace manual counting.

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Regular road traffic census

In order to monitor the development of traffic and to determine traffic volumes on the qualified road network, nationwide road traffic counts (SVZ) are carried out on a regular basis - usually every five years. In addition to the federal trunk roads (highways and federal roads) in Bavaria, the counts also cover the state roads and the majority of the district roads.

The counts are carried out by the following authorities:

  • Autobahn GmbH of the federal government
  • State building offices on the federal and state highways as well as on district roads in certain counties (with the exception of through roads in large cities)
  • District offices on county roads

The Bavarian State Ministry of Housing, Construction and Transport is responsible for coordinating the count within Bavaria. The results are available on the Internet (see "Further links").

Individual large cities also conduct their own regular road traffic counts.

Automatic road traffic counting

Automatic permanent counting stations are used in Bavaria to continuously count road traffic.

The majority are located on federal highways and federal roads, with a small number on state and county roads. These measuring devices record traffic events around the clock throughout the year. The long-term data from the automatic permanent counting stations form the basis for the extrapolation factors of the manual road traffic count.

The permanent counting stations are maintained by the Autobahn GmbH of the federal government on the autobahns and by the State Construction Offices on the federal, state and county roads. The results of the automatic road traffic count are available on the Internet (see "Further links").

Special road traffic counts

For various occasions (e.g. road planning, traffic studies), (additional) special road traffic counts are carried out by the road authorities or the cities and municipalities. The following authorities perform the tasks of road authorities on the individual roads:

  • Autobahn GmbH of the federal government
  • State construction offices on federal and state roads as well as on district roads in certain counties (with the exception of local through roads in large cities)
  • District offices for district roads
  • Towns and municipalities on municipal roads and large cities on local thoroughfares of federal, state and county roads

Status: 12.01.2022

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