1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Dec 2006  
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Motor Vehicle Census

Motor Vehicle Census (cat. no. 9309.0)

This publication presents data for each state and territory, the number of vehicles on register by type of vehicle (passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, rigid trucks, articulated trucks, non-freight carrying trucks, buses and motor cycles), year of manufacture, make, gross vehicle mass and fuel type.
Interesting findings include:

  • There were 14.4 million registered vehicles in Australia in 2006, an increase of 12% since 2002.
  • Motorcycles showed the greatest increase (24.8%), climbing from 370,982 in 2002 to 463,057 in 2006.
  • Passenger vehicles went from 10.1 million to 11.2 million (10.8%) in the same period.
  • The average age of motor vehicles has fallen slightly, down from 10.7 years in 1997 to 10.1 years in 2006.
  • Tasmanians drove the oldest vehicles, with an average age of 12.0 years, while New South Wales and the Northern Territory had the youngest, at 9.1 years.
  • Campervans were the oldest type of vehicle registered, with an average age of 18.9 years, while motorcycles were the youngest, at 9.4 years.