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Vehicle kms travelled (VKT)

RD086 Vehicle kilometres travelled by region (billion km)

More highly populated regions dominate vehicle kilometres travelled.

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RD087 Estimated vehicle kilometres travelled by region for 'Other Regions' (billion km)

Available vehicle-kilometres travelled data for these 4 regions is inconsistent. The estimates shown are highly uncertain.

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RD009 Vehicle kilometres travelled by light vehicles (billion km) and per capita (km)

Although the total vehicle kilometres travelled in light vehicles has increased with population growth, travel per capita fell from its peak in 2004 and has only recently recovered.

The decline might have been due to the rising cost of transport (for example, oil prices that hit their peak in 2008), the impacts of the global financial crisis of the late 2000s, more and denser urban living encouraging walking and cycling, fewer young people getting their driver's licence, improved public transport, cheaper air travel, and more activities conducted online.

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RD015 Vehicle kilometres travelled by all vehicles (billion km) and per capita (km)

Although the total vehicle kilometres travelled has increased with population growth, travel per capita fell from its peak in 2004 and has only recently recovered.

The decline might have been due to the rising cost of transport (for example, oil prices that hit their peak in 2008), the impacts of the global financial crisis of the late 2000s, more and denser urban living encouraging walking and cycling, fewer young people getting their driver's licence, improved public transport, cheaper air travel, and more activities conducted online.

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RD011 Light fleet vehicle kilometres travelled by engine size

Since 2001, vehicle kilometres travelled for vehicles with engines less than 2,000 cc's has changed little, while vehicle kilometres travelled for vehicles with engines larger than 2,000 cc's has grown by almost 70%.

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RD016 Vehicle kilometres travelled by vehicle type (billion km)

Travel on the roads has increased with growth in the:

  • population
  • vehicle fleet
  • tourism

Light passenger vehicles dominate travel on New Zealand roads (74% of total distance travelled). The remainder is travel by light commercial vehicles (18%), buses, motorcycles, and heavy trucks.

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RD017 Vehicle kilometres travelled by fuel type (million km)

While petrol continues to dominate vehicle kilometres travelled for light passenger vehicles (mainly cars and SUVs), diesel makes up an increasingly large share of vehicle kilometres travelled for light commercial vehicles (mainly vans and utes).

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RD022 Distance travelled by motorcycle by purpose and age group (%)

Motorcyclists aged 15–29 and 45 and over do the majority of their riding for social or recreational purposes, while motorcyclists aged 30–44 do the most riding for work and work-related reasons.

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