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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007  
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TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES

There were 13.5 mill. motor vehicles (excluding motor cycles, tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers) registered in Australia at 31 March 2005 (table 22.24). This represents an increase of 2.8% since 31 March 2004. Approximately eight out of every ten vehicles are passenger vehicles. Table 22.25 shows registered motor vehicles by state or territory of registration. New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are the states with the largest number of vehicles with 30%, 26% and 20% of the total vehicle fleet respectively.


22.24 REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES - 31 March
Trucks

Motor vehicle
census years
Passenger
vehicles(a)
Light
commercial
vehicles
Rigid
Articulated
Non-freight
carrying
Buses
Total(b)
Motor
cycles
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000

2004
10,669
1,952
358
66
20
71
13,136
396
2005
10,937
2,030
368
70
20
73
13,498
422

(a) Includes campervans.
(b) Excludes motor cycles, tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers.
Source: Motor Vehicle Census, 31 March 2005 (9309.0).

22.25 REGISTERED MOTOR VEHICLES - 31 March 2005

Trucks

Passenger
vehicles(a)
Light
commercial
vehicles
Rigid
Articulated
Non-freight
carrying
Buses
Total(b)
Motor
cycles
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000
’000

New South Wales
3,335
571
111
16
3
20
4,056
113
Victoria
2,943
468
89
21
6
16
3,541
108
Queensland
2,066
490
79
15
4
16
2,670
97
South Australia
901
141
26
6
2
4
1,080
31
Western Australia
1,164
242
48
9
4
11
1,478
53
Tasmania
267
72
10
2
1
2
354
10
Northern Territory
71
27
4
1
-
3
105
3
Australian Capital Territory
189
20
2
-
-
1
212
7
Australia
10,937
2,030
368
70
20
73
13,498
422

(a) Includes campervans.
(b) Excludes motor cycles, tractors, plant and equipment, caravans and trailers.
Source: Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 March 2005 (9309.0).


The average age of the Australian motor vehicle fleet at 31 March 2005 was 10 years (table 22.26). Tasmania recorded the highest average age (12 years) while New South Wales and the Northern Territory recorded the lowest average age (9 years). Of the different vehicle types, campervans had the oldest average age (19 years), while motorcycles recorded the lowest (10 years).


22.26 ESTIMATED AVERAGE AGE OF THE VEHICLE FLEET(a) - 31 March 2005

State/territory of registration

Type of vehicle
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.

Passenger vehicles
9.0
10.2
9.8
11.2
10.3
11.5
8.9
9.5
9.9
Campervans
17.0
19.7
16.2
20.8
21.5
20.3
19.3
20.0
18.9
Light commercial vehicles
10.0
11.7
10.7
11.8
11.7
13.0
9.8
10.0
11.0
Light rigid trucks
10.8
12.4
11.1
12.5
12.9
15.7
9.1
11.0
11.6
Heavy rigid trucks
14.0
17.5
14.9
17.6
18.3
17.2
13.5
11.5
16.0
Articulated trucks
10.4
11.6
11.1
11.3
13.0
10.3
13.1
8.3
11.3
Non-freight carrying trucks
13.0
15.0
11.5
15.0
16.8
17.0
14.0
13.2
14.4
Buses
10.9
11.0
10.7
12.0
10.6
14.9
8.8
10.7
10.9
Motor cycles
8.9
9.5
9.7
(b)9.0
11.7
10.2
8.2
9.0
9.6
Total
9.3
10.6
10.1
11.4
10.9
12.0
9.3
9.6
10.2

(a) Excludes plant and equipment, caravans and trailers.
(b) Year of manufacture is not well reported for South Australian motor cycles. In 2005 it was not reported for 16.4% of motor cycles registered in South Australia.
Source: Motor Vehicle Census, 31 March 2005 (9309.0).


The number of motor vehicles registered per person in Australia in 2005 was 686 per 1,000 persons. Western Australia had the most registered vehicles per person in 2005, with 763 per 1,000 persons (graph 22.27).

22.27 MOTOR VEHICLES ON REGISTER(a)(b) - 31 March 2005 22.27 MOTOR VEHICLES ON REGISTER(a)(b) - 31 March 2005

Shipping fleet

The Australian merchant trading fleet increased from 74 ships in 2003 to 82 ships in 2004 (table 22.28). Deadweight tonnes has fallen from 2.14 mill. tonnes in 2003 to 2.05 mill. tonnes in 2004, while gross tonnage remained at 1.6 mill. tonnes.


22.28 AUSTRALIAN TRADING FLEET - 30 JUNE
Units
2003
2004

Shipsno.
74
82
Deadweight(a)tonnes
2,135,982
2,052,795
Gross tonnage(b)tonnes
1,628,203
1,643,709

(a) Weight that a vessel can carry, including cargo, bunkers, water and stores.
(b) Measure of the internal capacity of a ship (in tonnes) that is available within the hull and enclosed spaces for cargo, stores, passenger and crew.
Source: Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics.


Aircraft fleet

There were 12,536 aircraft in the Australian Civil Aircraft Register at 31 December 2005, including 9,787 aeroplanes and 1,291 helicopters (graph 22.29).



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