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Analysis of Technical Condition of Cars in Western Poland: A Study Based on Selected Indicators


[ 1 ] Instytut Mechaniki Stosowanej, Wydział Inżynierii Mechanicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.9] Mechanical engineering

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Published in

Applied Sciences

Journal year: 2024 | Journal volume: vol. 14 | Journal number: iss. 2

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • vehicle safety
  • personal vehicles technical state
  • car safety
  • technical condition of cars in Poland

EN (1) Background: Ensuring road user safety relies on the optimal technical condition of cars, addressing both active and passive safety measures. In Poland, vehicle regulations, articulated in the Minister of Infrastructure’s decree of 31 December 2002, establish technical prerequisites and necessary equipment. For this purpose, the main question was: What is the current technical condition of cars on the road in Western Poland? (2) Methods: A total of 1067 vehicles were tested, reflecting a maximum error of 3% in a population of 20 million cars. Tests were conducted at the diagnostic station from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023. Statistical analysis was conducted using STATISTICA software. (3) Results: Periodic technical tests yield insights into passenger car safety standards in western Poland. The application of formulated characteristics allows a comprehensive evaluation, providing valuable information on the overall safety condition of inspected vehicles. The vehicles in Poland have an average age exceeding 14 years, and their average mileage is 168,000 km. (4) Conclusions: The examination uncovered various technical defects and provided statistical interpretations, unequivocally demonstrating that these identified issues have the potential to impact traffic safety. Such studies act as a reference point for other researchers addressing the broader issue of road traffic.

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Pages (from - to)

645-1 - 645-16





Article Number: 645

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CC BY (attribution alone)

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final published version

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2,7 [List 2022]

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