1307.8 - Australian Capital Territory in Focus, 2007  
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MOTOR VEHICLES

Registered motor vehicles

According to the 2006 ABS Motor Vehicle Census, there were 224,076 motor vehicles registered in the ACT at 31 March 2006, representing 2% of the 14.4 million registered motor vehicles Australia-wide. Passenger vehicles comprised 86% (191,763) of all registered motor vehicles in the ACT, while Light commercial vehicles comprised 9% (20,188) and Motorcycles comprised 4% (8,022). These proportions have remained stable over recent years.

14.10 Registered motor vehicles, ACT

2004
2005
2006
Vehicle type
no.
no.
no.

Passenger vehicles
185 603
188 641
191 763
Light commercial vehicles
18 876
19 472
20 188
Campervans
507
505
474
Truck
Rigid (with GVM 4.5 tonnes or less)
629
609
627
Rigid (with greater than GVM 4.5 tonnes)
1 729
1 687
1 724
Articulated
236
238
235
Non-freight carrying
101
92
97
Buses
916
923
946
Motorcycles
7 092
7 385
8 022
Total
215 689
219 552
224 076

Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 March 2004, 31 March 2005 and 31 March 2006 (cat. no. 9309.0).


The estimated average age of motor vehicles registered in the ACT at 31 March 2006 was 9.5 years, compared with the average age of 10.1 years for motor vehicles registered Australia-wide. When compared with the other states and territories, the estimated average age of ACT-registered motor vehicles was the third lowest, after the Northern Territory and New South Wales (9.1 and 9.3 years, respectively).



New motor vehicle sales

A total of 15,594 new vehicles were sold in the ACT in 2006-07, an increase of 6% on the number sold in 2005-06 (14,741). Nationally, new motor vehicle sales increased by 3% over the same period. The majority (72%) of new vehicles sold in the ACT in 2006-07 were passenger vehicles. Total new vehicle sales in the ACT accounted for less than 2% of all new vehicle sales nationally in 2006-07.

14.11 New motor vehicle sales, ACT and Australia: Original

ACT
Aust.
Passenger vehicles
Other Vehicles
Total vehicles
Passenger vehicles
Other Vehicles
Total vehicles
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.

2001-02
10 260
3 453
13 713
537 610
266 961
804 571
2002-03
10 420
4 040
14 460
560 203
300 343
860 546
2003-04
10 490
4 364
14 854
594 414
345 710
940 124
2004-05
10 340
4 399
14 739
604 027
377 764
981 791
2005-06
10 283
4 458
14 741
599 360
371 991
971 351
2006-07
11 233
4 361
15 594
624 124
379 758
1 003 882

Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, August 2007 (cat. no. 9314.0).



Motor vehicle use

In the 12 months ended 31 October 2005, motor vehicles registered in the ACT for road use travelled a total of 3.1 billion km. Passenger vehicles accounted for 85% of the total kilometres travelled and Light commercial vehicles accounted for 10%.


The total distance travelled by ACT registered vehicles for business purposes (650 million km) was just over one-fifth (21%) of the total distance travelled during the 12 months ended 31 October 2005. Passenger vehicles and Motorcycles travelled an estimated 344 million km for business purposes during the period, 13% of the total distance travelled by those vehicles during the period (2,686 million km). In comparison, the total distance travelled by Trucks, Buses and Light commercial vehicles for business purposes (306 million km) was 73% of the total distance travelled by those vehicles during the period (419 million km).


The average distance travelled by ACT registered motor vehicles for business purposes in the 12 months ended 31 October 2005 was 9,600 km, just over two-thirds (67%) of the average distance travelled by ACT registered motor vehicles during the period (14,300 km).

14.12 Motor vehicle use, By type of vehicle - ACT - 2005

Total business km travelled
Total km travelled
Average business km travelled(a)
Average km travelled(a)
Vehicle type
million
million
'000
'000

Passenger vehicles
^340
2 651
^6.7
14.1
Motorcycles
*4
^35
*5.3
^5.0
Light commercial vehicles
^188
299
14.5
16.1
Rigid trucks
59
61
29.2
26.6
Articulated trucks
26
26
125.1
118.8
Non-freight carrying trucks
^3
^3
^24.6
^23.3
Buses
^30
^30
^39.5
^33.8
Total
^650
3 104
9.6
14.3

^ estimate has a relative standard error of 10% to less than 25% and should be used with caution
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
(a) Average distance travelled for registered vehicles which were used. Excludes registered vehicles that did not travel during the reference period.
Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, 12 months ended 31 October 2005 (cat. no. 9208.0).


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