Almost ever driver has muttered this “The roads are getting busier”. But are there really more cars on our roads?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently released their report relating to vehicles which were registered at 31 January 2015. Today, we present a snapshot of the results for you! We’ll start with the big question:
Are more cars on our roads?
You’re not imagining it. Yes there are. At the time of the 2015 Motor Vehicle Census (MVC), there were 18.0 million motor vehicles, including Motor cycles, registered in Australia. This is 2.1% higher than the number of vehicles registered a year earlier in 2014, and an increase of 12.1% since 2010. The average annual growth rate over the five years to 2015 was 2.4%.
In Australia there were 764 motor vehicles per 1,000 Estimated Resident Population in the 2015 MVC. This compares with 731 vehicles per 1,000 population in 2010, an increase of 33 vehicles per 1,000 population over this time.
Our cars are getting older
In 2015, the average age of all vehicles registered in Australia was 10.1 years. Over the five year period from 2010, Campervans were the only vehicle category to record a decrease in average age (0.4 years). Over the same period, Motor cycles, Articulated trucks and Non-freight carrying vehicles increased in average age by 1.0 years, 0.6 years and 0.6 years respectively.
AVERAGE VEHICLE AGE(a) OF REGISTERED VEHICLES, Census years(b)
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics: The Motor Vehicle Census 9309.0.55.003
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