Clearing House Transport

Continuous Survey on Transport Behaviour 1989

The Federal Ministry of Transport has conducted the Continuous Surveys on Transport Behaviour (KONTIV) in West Germany in 1976, 1982 and 1989. A new survey in all German ferderal states under the name "Mobility in Germany" was conducted in 2002. The main function of the surveys is to gain representative and reliable information on the socio-demography of persons and households and their everyday traffic (like trips by purpose and modes of transportation). Weighted and projected, it serves as a framework and extension for other transport surveys like the transport surveys of individual cities (e.g. SrV), cross section counts of traffic load or the mobility panel. The study Mobility in Germany furthermore provides up-to-date data bases for important mobility parameters (e.g. number of driving licences) and forms the basis for traffic models. KONTIV 1989: In a nationwide survey (old federal states) about 20,000 households were interviewed about their everyday transport behaviour. On the one hand, socio-demographic and mobility-relevant characteristics of the households and the individual household members like household size, age, sex, education, occupancy, living status, vehicles and driving licence ownership were surveyed. On the other hand, the trips of all household members (6 years and older) were recorded on a fixed test day, with details on destination, purpose, departing and arrival time and used modes of transportation. Criterion for the definition of a trip was the activity, not the mode of transportation. The selection of the sample households was made on the basis of AMD-Master-Sample-nets within the limits of a random-route-inspection. Distributed over a period of 10 months each selected household was contacted. The interview material for a defined household-specific test day was delivered and later collected personally by an interviewer. The survey spans 10 months from April 1989 until January 1990. Similar surveys were already conducted in 1976 and 1982. Objective of the study was to gain data about the everyday traffic and - with the help of respective extrapolation - the annual traffic of the total population of the Federal Republic of Germany. The collected data, by order of the Federal Ministry of Transport, serves among other things as basis for transport planning in Germany.

General information on data set

Temporal and spatial information

Time period of data collection April 1989 - January 1990
Country Germany
Federal state Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland

Investigation and data collection methodology

Data set variables household size, age, sex, , , starting point and destination of trips, purpose of trip, start time, arrival time, modal split usage, school and occupation
Investigation design Cross Section
Frequency of data collection irregularly
Data collection method Survey
Data collection tool Questionnaire, Interview, Counting
Analysis unit Person, Household, Trip
Population Population of the KONTIV 1989 are all households in the Federal Republic of Germany with German-sounding names, with at least one household member at the age of 6 years or older. Mobility characteristics were collected for all persons from the age of 6 years on in the drawn households.
Sample size 20.000 households

Access to data set

Collected by
  • EMNID-Institut GmbH, Bielefeld
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau- und Wohnungswesen (BMVBW)
Contact for data set
Data format(s) SPSS

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