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Proportion of vehicles and total kilometres travelled, State/territory of registration-Year ended 31 October 2007
Motor vehicles registered in Australia travelled an average of 14,600 kilometres per vehicle in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. Queensland (15,200 kilometres), the Northern Territory (15,100 kilometres) and Victoria (15,100 kilometres) were above the national average, while vehicles registered in South Australia travelled the least number of average kilometres (12,400). Of all vehicle types, articulated trucks had the highest average kilometres (93,200).
Average kilometres travelled, Motor vehicles by state/territory of registration - Year ended 31 October 2007
Passenger vehicles accounted for 73.4% of the total distance travelled in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. This represents a slight decrease compared with the proportion travelled by passenger vehicles in the 12 months ended 31 October 2003 (75.3%).
Personal and other use accounted for 51.1% of the total kilometres travelled by passenger vehicles in Australia during the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. Travel to and from work (28.7%) and business use (20.2%) accounted for the remaining kilometres travelled by passenger vehicles.
Freight carrying vehicles travelled 52,958 million kilometres (24.6%) in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. Of this, light commercial vehicles accounted for 70.6% of the kilometres travelled, rigid trucks 16.3%, and articulated trucks 13.1%.
Freight vehicles in Australia travelled an estimated 184,072 million tonne-kilometres in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. This is an increase of 31,295 million tonne-kilometres (20.5%) since the 12 months ended 31 October 2003. Over this period, articulated trucks increased 24.2% and rigid trucks 11.4%.
Articulated trucks accounted for 78.0% of the total freight vehicle tonne-kilometres travelled in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007 with rigid trucks accounting for 18.4% and light commercial vehicles for 3.6%.
Articulated trucks each travelled an average of 2.1 million tonne-kilometres. In comparison, rigid trucks and light commercial vehicles travelled an average of 101,900 and 5,500 tonne-kilometres, respectively, in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007.
There were 143,601 tonne-kilometres travelled by articulated trucks in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. Of those, articulated trucks of a Gross Combination Mass (GCM) over 40 tonnes travelled 137,172 million tonne-kilometres (or 95.5%) of the total tonne-kilometres travelled by all articulated trucks.
The most tonne-kilometres were travelled in New South Wales (43,201 million), followed by Victoria with 32,629 million tonne-kilometres.
Total tonne-kilometres travelled by articulated trucks, State of operation-Year ended 31 October 2007
Registered motor vehicles in Australia consumed 30,047 million litres of fuel in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. Of the total fuel consumed by motor vehicles in this period, 62.8% was petrol and 31.2% was diesel.
Passenger vehicles used 15,910 million litres of petrol in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007. This was 87.9% of all fuel used by passenger vehicles.
A total of 6,206 million litres of diesel was used by articulated and rigid trucks. This was 66.2% of all diesel used. Light commercial vehicles used 1,687 million litres which was 18.0% of all diesel.
The average rate of fuel consumption for all motor vehicles in the 12 months ended 31 October 2007 was 14.0 litres per 100 kilometres. Articulated trucks had the highest average fuel consumption with 54.6 litres per 100 kilometres.
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