Trucks rack up the km in NSW

NSW records the largest freight movement in 2010, with over 56,900 tonne-kilometres travelled by freight, ABS stats show

By Ruza Zivkusic | August 25, 2011

NSW has recorded the largest freight movement in 2010, with over 56,900 tonne-kilometres travelled by freight, which is up by almost 9 percent since 2006, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

But the largest percentage increase between 2006 and 2010 of tonne-kilometres travelled by freight vehicles is present in WA, which is up by 46 percent.

The 2010 Survey of Motor Vehicle Use contains statistics of the travelled distance, tonne-kilometres and fuel consumption for passenger vehicles, motor cycles, trucks and buses.

The total tonne-kilometres travelled by freight vehicles in Australia was 185,911 million in 2010, with articulated trucks accounting for 77.6 percent of that figure, followed by rigid trucks (18.5 percent) and light commercial vehicles (3.9 percent).

Articulated trucks travelled an average of 1.9 million tonne-kilometres in 2010, with rigid trucks and light commercial vehicles clocking-up an average of 92,600 and 5,600 tonnes respectively.

There were 144,237 tonne-kilometres travelled by articulated trucks in the same period – of those, trucks with a gross combination mass of over 40 tonnes accounted for 95 percent of the total tonne-kilometres travelled.

A total of 6.4 million litres of fuel was consumed by rigid and articulated trucks, with diesel being the main fuel type. Articulated trucks also have the highest average fuel consumption, with 56.2 litres per 100 kilometres, according to ABS.

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