Light duty in heavy de­mand

Small trucks lead the way in grow­ing ve­hi­cle num­bers

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels - JAMES STAN­FORD james.stan­ford@cars­

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

Aus­tralian roads

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