Australian Bureau of Statistics
1338.1 - NSW State and Regional Indicators, Dec 2010
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TYPE OF VEHICLE, Average annual change—Between Census years 2004 and 2009
In 2009 there were 4.7 million registered motor vehicle licence holders in NSW (representing 83% of persons aged 16 years and over). The 2007 ABS Survey of Motor Vehicle Use showed that NSW registered motor vehicles travelled an average of 15,000 kilometres in the 12 months to October 2007.
There were 374 road transport fatalities and over 24,000 people injured in road transport incidents in NSW in 2008. While males accounted for the majority (76%) of all road transport fatalities, they represented only slightly more than half (54%) of the people injured in road transport incidents. Nearly one in four road transport fatalities involved people 15–24 years of age.
The rate of road transport related deaths, injuries and accidents in NSW has been declining since the 1970s. Between 2000 and 2008 transport fatalities declined from 9.3 per 100,000 persons to 5.3 per 100,000 (–43%). There was a 38% decrease in the number of fatalities, a 17% decrease in injuries and a 19% decrease in people involved in accidents between 2000 and 2008.
The factors contributing to accidents have also changed. The percentage of accidents in which alcohol was a contributing cause has declined from 7.1% in 1990 to 4.3% in 2008 while speed as a contributing cause increased over the same period from 13% to 17% and fatigue as a contributing cause has increased from 7.3% to 8.8%.
Fatality rates and contributing causes to accidents varied considerably between regions during 2008. Sydney had the lowest fatality rate of the regions at 2.9 per 100,000 persons. The contributing causes of speed, alcohol and fatigue to accidents were lower in Sydney than the rest of the state.
The South Eastern Statistical Division had the highest overall fatality rate at 14.1 per 100,000 persons while the Mid-North Coast Statistical Division had the highest contribution of alcohol to accidents (9.7% of accidents). Speed as a contributing cause was highest in the South Eastern Statistical Division (36%) while fatigue as a contributing cause to accidents was highest in the Murrumbidgee Statistical Division (15%). In all, 248 of the state's 374 road transport fatalities in 2008 occurred outside of Sydney.
ROAD TRAFFIC CASUALTIES AND CRASHES, By contributing factor, NSW Statistical Divisions – 2008
TRAVEL IN SYDNEY
The 2008 Household Travel Survey showed that private vehicles were the most frequently used mode of transport for weekday trips for all age groups in the Sydney Statistical Division (68%). Private vehicle travel was the highest for children aged 0 to 10 years (80%) and lowest for those aged 11 to 20 years (55%). Among 11 to 20 year olds, their share of public transport use (26%) was greater than for other age groups mainly because of their usage for educational purposes. For those aged 21 to 30 years, their proportions of public transport use (17%) and walk only (21%) were comparatively higher than other age groups. Walking (27%) was the highest travel mode amongst the oldest age group (over 70 years).
On average weekday trips in 2008 in Sydney, males and females both recorded nearly equal proportions in using private vehicles (males 69% and females 68%) and public transport (males 12% and females 11%). Males recorded proportionally less walking on average weekday trips than females (males 17% and females 19%).
The 2008 NSW State Supplementary Survey showed that, within the Sydney Major Statistical Region, nearly three quarters (73%) of employed people typically travelled by motor vehicle at least part of the journey to their current suburb of employment and more than a quarter (27%) used public transport for at least part of the journey.
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