Australian Bureau of Statistics
9208.0 - Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, Oct 2004
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Number of vehicles and total kilometres travelled, Percent by state/territory-Year ended 31 October 2004
Australian registered motor vehicles each travelled an average of 14,800 kilometres in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004. Queensland (15,600 kilometres), Australian Capital Territory (15,000 kilometres), Northern Territory (14,900 kilometres) and Victoria (14,900 kilometres) were above the national average, while vehicles registered in Tasmania travelled the least number of kilometres (13,000).
Average kilometres travelled, Motor vehicles by state/territory of registration - Year ended 31 October 2004
Passenger vehicles accounted for 74.2% of the total distance travelled in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004. This represents a decrease compared with the proportion travelled by passenger vehicles in the 12 months ended 31 October 2000 (76.7%).
Personal and other use accounted for 53.1% of the total kilometres travelled by passenger vehicles in Australia during 2004. Travel to and from work (25.5%) and business use (21.4%) accounted for the remaining kilometres travelled by passenger vehicles.
Freight carrying vehicles accounted for 47,659 million kilometres travelled (23.9%) in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004. Of this, light commercial vehicles accounted for 71.4% of the kilometres travelled, rigid trucks for 16.0%, and articulated trucks for 12.6%.
Freight vehicles in Australia travelled an estimated 157,668 million tonne-kilometres in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004. This is an increase of 23,290 million tonne-kilometres (17.3%) travelled since the 12 months ended 31 October 2000. An increase in tonne-kilometres was reported in all freight vehicle types.
Total tonne-kilometres travelled, Type of vehicle - Years ended 31 October 2000 and 31 October 2004
Articulated trucks accounted for 76.9% of the total freight vehicle tonne-kilometres travelled in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004. Rigid trucks accounted for 18.9% and light commercial vehicles for 4.2%. Articulated trucks each travelled an average of 2.0 million tonne-kilometres. In comparison, rigid trucks and light commercial vehicles travelled an average of 93,700 and 6,000 tonne-kilometres respectively in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004.
In the 12 months ended 31 October 2004 articulated trucks of a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) of up to and including 40 tonnes travelled a total of 7,517 million tonne-kilometres, representing an average of 491,400 tonne-kilometres per vehicle. Articulated trucks over 40 tonnes GCM travelled a total of 113,765 million tonne-kilometres, an average of 2,480,900 tonne-kilometres per vehicle.
The amount of tonne-kilometres travelled by articulated trucks in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004 varied when comparing the state of operation and the state of registration, with the largest difference occuring in New South Wales.
Total tonne-kilometres travelled by articulated trucks, State of operation and registration-Year ended 31 October 2004
Registered motor vehicles in Australia consumed 27,505 million litres of fuel in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004. This is an increase of 6.4% (1,652 million litres) since the 12 months ended 31 October 2000. Over the same period, the estimated number of motor vehicles in Australia increased by 10.3% and kilometres travelled increased by 7.8%.
Of the total fuel consumed by motor vehicles in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004, 64.1% of fuel was petrol and 30.0% was diesel fuel.
Total Fuel Consumption, Type of fuel - Years ended 31 October 2000 and 31 October 2004
The average rate of fuel consumption for all motor vehicles in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004 was 13.8 litres per 100 kilometres, a decrease of 0.2 litres per 100 kilometres since 2000. Articulated trucks had the highest average fuel consumption with 55.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
Average fuel consumption, Type of vehicle - Year ended 31 October 2004
Passenger vehicles used 14,882 million litres of petrol in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004, of which 94.2% (14,021 million litres) was unleaded petrol.
A total of 5,384 million litres of diesel fuel was used by articulated and rigid trucks. This was 65.3% of all diesel fuel used and represents 100.0% and 97.9% respectively of fuel consumption for these vehicle types.
The total fuel consumption by other vehicles in the 12 months ended 31 October 2004 included 4,471 million litres of fuel by light commercial vehicles and 524 million litres of fuel by buses.
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