Light duty in heavy demand
Small trucks lead the way in growing vehicle numbers
THE popularity of light-duty trucks is growing quickly, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. According to the latest census data, light rigid trucks (which have the load area as part of the truck instead of on a trailer) are now far more prevalent on Australian roads than they were in 2007.
Back then, there were only 99,604 light rigid trucks registered in Australia, but that number has surged to 124,291. The ABS figures show the light rigid truck class was the fastestgrowing vehicle class in the past year, with the exception of motorbikes. There are now 2,617,799 light commercial vehicles on the road.
The number of light rigid trucks on Australian roads increased by 4 per cent in the past 12 months, while there were 4.5 per cent more motorbikes added to the roads during the same period.
Heavy rigid truck numbers have also increased from 294,887 in 2007 to 322,115 but there has only been growth of 1.2 per cent in the past year.
There are also many more light commercial vehicles around, including utes and vans, with numbers up from 2.19 million in 2007 to 2.61 million now. This included an increase of 3.8 per cent in the past year.
Interestingly, the number of diesel light commercial vehicles has increased by 65 per cent in the past five years. Numbers of articulated trucks, including semi-trailers, have increased from 74,444 in 2007 to 87,995, with a 2.4 per cent increase in the past 12 months. Grey nomads appear to be influencing the figures too, with the number of registered campervans increasing from 43,266 in 2007 to 52,600 now, including a 3.8 per cent increase in the past year.
Passenger cars make up 75.9 per cent of all registered vehicles, while light commercials account for 15.6 per cent.
See the light: Isuzus at work, among more than 120,000 light rigid trucks on