Australian Bureau of Statistics
9208.0.55.001 - Survey of Motor Vehicle Use Fitness for Purpose Review: Information Paper, 2004
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Appendix F. AustRoads and ABS vehicle classifications
AustRoads vehicle classifications
Source: Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice: Part 3 - Traffic Studies, 2004, p31.
ABS (SMVU) Vehicle Classification
The ABS has a separate trailer classification that can be used to cross tabulate with vehicle type.
Vehicle type (published)
Light commercial vehicles
Vehicle type (detailed)
Data may be available on request for some of the individual vehicle types below.
Car, station wagon or hatchback
4WD passenger vehicle (<10 seats)
Passenger van (<10 seats)
Utility (GVM <= 3.5T)
Goods carrying van (GVM <= 3.5T)
4WD load carrying (GVM <= 3.5T)
One tonne utility (GVM <= 3.5T)
Light truck (GVM >3.5 T - <= 4.5T)
2 axle rigid truck (GVM > 4.5T)
3 axle rigid truck (GVM > 4.5T)
4 axle rigid truck (GVM > 4.5T)
2 axle prime mover
3 axle prime mover
4 axle prime mover
Fire engine / truck
Truck with machinery mounted occupying most of the load area e.g. cherry picker, mobile crane
Pass vehicle 10 - 19 seats
2 axle bus > 19 seats
3 axle bus > 19 seats
Trailer type (detailed)
Two trailer road train
Three trailer road train
Number of axles is also collected.
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