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German Mobility Panel (MOP) - Scientific monitoring and evaluation of the survey waves 2017 - 2019

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Transport mode
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Transport sectors
Passenger transport


Background & Policy context

The mobility of private households is not covered by official statistics. The Federal Ministry of Transport therefore relies on supplementary surveys to fulfil its tasks (e. g. policy-making, federal traffic route planning). Since 1994, the BMVI has commissioned a household panel entitled "German Mobility Panel" to survey the mobility behaviour of the population - initially in the old federal states, and from 1999 on representative for the whole of Germany.

In order to continuously collect representative information on everyday mobility, the MOP comprises a rotating panel sample of three cohorts of approximately equal strength, which remain in the panel for three years. Each year, one cohort is eliminated and replaced by a new cohort. The survey of everyday mobility (2017-2019) is carried out in autumn and that of car mileage and fuel consumption (2018-2020) in spring. The collection of the data (research project "German Mobility Panel (MOP) - Survey of Everyday Mobility as well as Passenger Car Driving Performance and Fuel Consumption") is scientifically supervised by this project.


The study aims at providing a representative sample of data and current characteristic values, including characteristic value time series on the mobility behaviour of the population. The data will be made available to interested data users via the Clearingstelle "Traffic" at DLR's Institute of Transport Research for further use.


The evaluation of the panel data is carried out for each individual calendar year, i. e. for the sum of the subsets of three cohorts. The results are published in a report every year. In addition to current characteristic values and continuation of the characteristic value time series, special evaluations are carried out each year on current traffic-related issues. The topics are redefined each year in accordance with the content requirements of the BMVI specialist sections.
The data is quality-assured and anonymized in accordance with data protection requirements. Subsequently, the data will be handed over to the DLR's Traffic Clearing House at the Institute for Transport Research in order to make it available to interested data users.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructures BMVI
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)
Funding Source
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructures (BMVI)


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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