Australian Bureau of Statistics
9208.0 - Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, Jul 1999
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Australians drive 178 billion kilometres on the roads in 1999
Australian drivers travelled 178 billion kilometres in the 12 months ended 31 July 1999 up from 173 billion kilometres in the previous year according to figures published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Of all vehicles on the road, eight out of 10 were passenger vehicles. These accounted for over three quarters (78 per cent) of the total distance travelled (138 billion kilometres) at an average of 14,400 kilometres for each vehicle. The average for articulated trucks was six times greater at 85,900 kilometres per vehicle.
In total 25 billion litres of fuel was used at an average rate of 13.8 litres per hundred kilometres. Unleaded petrol accounted for over half of all fuel consumed during the period at 13 billion litres. Diesel use was 6 billion litres at 25.7 litres per hundred kilometres.
Passenger vehicles used a total of 16 billion litres of fuel, of which 87 per cent was petrol. Diesel was the preferred fuel of freight vehicles comprising 67 per cent of all fuel used by these vehicles. Freight vehicles averaged 21.4 litres per hundred kilometres. Articulated trucks had the highest average fuel consumption for all fuels at 51.5 litres per hundred kilometres.
Other findings from the Survey of Motor Vehicle Use for 12 months ended 31 July 1999 were:
Details are in Survey of Motor Vehicle Use (cat. no. 9208.0) which is available from ABS bookshops. The summary of findings of the publication can be found on ths site. If you wish to purchase a copy of the publication, contact the ABS Bookshop in your capital city.
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