Plausibility Check of Austria's Transport Statistics 2014

For the year 2014, the official Austrian Tranportation Data show some remarkable development: in the first quarter, transport volume was apparently 18 percent higher than in the previous year, caused by a whopping 30 percent increase in the transported volume of "Sand and stones, construction materials". One of the explanations might be the unusually warm winter, which lead to above-average construction volumes. However, other data, sales of diesel fuel among them, cast some doubt on transportation being that much higher. This analysis is intended to resolve this issue by undertaking a plausibility check based on a multi-variate panel model of Austrian transport volumes.