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Truck Load Survey - Survey of Truck Use and Loading Patterns

Name of Collection
Truck Load Survey - Survey of Truck Use and Loading Patterns

Research Assistant
National Road Transport Commission
PO Box 13105

Telephone: Melbourne (03) 9321 8408
Facsimile: Melbourne (03) 9321 8408
Email: nrtc@ozonline.com.au
Internet: http://www.ntc.gov.au/

To provide information on how truck loads and usage patterns vary over time, that is, how much travel is undertaken while empty, partly laden and fully laden.

Data were collected from a sample of 272 businesses by mail questionnaire, trip diary and personal interview. The sample was based on information from yellow pages, Oz-on-disc, state transport directories and other organisations.

Data Detail
Business characteristics:

  • Primary business;
  • Type of freight carried;
  • Size of truck fleet;
  • Components owned;
  • Number of employees; and
  • Number of self-employed persons.

Vehicle diary:
  • Truck/trailer/body type;
  • Survey period;
  • Travel for survey period;
  • Date/location/load/freight at beginning of trip; and
  • At each nine stops: new vehicle configuration, location, kilometres, load collected and weight, load delivered and weight.

Data collected from personal interview:
  • Average load verification and seasonal variation;
  • Frequency of using major rural highways;
  • Cubic constraints;
  • Expected response to increased mass limits; and
  • Other matters affecting freight business.

Geographic Coverage

Frequency of Data Availability
The collection has been conducted only once-in 1994.

Historical Data
Data are available for 1994.

Products and Services
Survey of Truck Use and Loading Patterns: Results
Survey of Truck Use and Loading Patterns: Conduct of survey, Working Paper 14

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