Australian Bureau of Statistics
9208.0 - Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, Jul 1998
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173 billion kilometres driven on Australian roads in 1998 - ABS
People in Australia drove a total distance of 173 billion kilometres on our roads in the 12 months to July 1998, according to figures published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Eight out of ten vehicles on the road were passenger vehicles and accounted for over three quarters (77%) of the total distance travelled (134 billion kilometres). The average distance travelled by these vehicles was 14,400 kilometres. However buses and freight carrying vehicles (such as light commercial vehicles, and rigid and articulated trucks) on average travelled greater distances, averaging 19,000 km in the year.
Passenger vehicles registered for road use accounted for two-thirds of the 23,909 million litres of fuel used by all vehicles, while freight carrying vehicles accounted for most of the remainder (31%).
Unleaded petrol accounted for over half of all fuel consumption for road use (54%) and almost three quarters (72%) of fuel consumed by passenger vehicles. Passenger vehicles using unleaded petrol averaged 11.3 litres per 100 kilometres, compared with 12.0 litres per 100 kilometres for those using leaded petrol.
Diesel was the predominant fuel used by freight carrying vehicles accounting for 66% of the total fuel consumption by these vehicles. The average fuel consumption for vehicles using diesel was 25.6 litres per 100 kilometres. Consumption was higher for articulated trucks (averaging 51.0 litres) compared to rigid trucks (28.3 litres) and light commercial vehicles (12.0 litres).
Other findings from the Survey of Motor Vehicle Use were:
Please note: The statistical collection methodology used for this survey has changed since the previous 1995 Survey of Motor Vehicle Use and results are not directly comparable.
Details are in Survey of Motor Vehicle Use (cat. no. 9208.0) which is available from ABS bookshops.
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