Vehicle reliance growing

AUSTRALIA’s reliance on the motor vehicle is not wavering despite the drive to increase public transport, according to a motor vehicle census by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia had almost 12 million motor vehicles registered in 1999 – up 1.7 per cent on the previous year.

WA had the highest ownership rate with 723 vehicles per 1,000 population while the Northern Territory had the lowest with 535 per 1,000 compared to the Australian average 647 vehicles.

The average age of the fleet decreased marginally from 10.7 years in 1998 to 10.6 years in 1999.

Tasmania had the highest average age of 12.5 years, South Australia 12.1 years and Victoria 11.2 years. WA’s vehicles average age was 11 years.

Both Ford and Holden had significantly older cars on the road.

Nearly 36 per cent or 732,000 Ford vehicles and 40 per cent or 740,000 Holden vehicles were at least 13 years old.

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