16 May 2013

New Zealanders aged between 35 and 64 spend two thirds of their total travel time driving, the Ministry of Transport has found.

In its latest Driver Travel fact sheet, the Ministry says that, on average, men drive just over 12,000 kilometres per driver a year, while women average just over 8,000 kilometres per driver a year.

The driver is the sole vehicle occupant in two thirds of trip legs.

Work-related travel accounts for about one third of all household driving time and distance.

The Ministry has also published its latest Comparing Travel Modes fact sheet.

New Zealanders aged between 25 and 64 spend only about 10 percent of their total travel time walking. And they spend less than five percent of their total travel time on public transport.

In comparison, people aged 5 to 24, and those aged over 65, spend about 15 percent of their travel time walking. Those aged 0-24 spend over 10 percent of their time using public transport.

Comparing Travel Modes highlights that the biggest users of non-car modes are children aged 5-14 and young adults aged 15-24. It also confirms more people used public transport between 2009-2012 than in the previous three years.

The two fact sheets, which are published annually, present updated information from the New Zealand Household Travel Survey. The fact sheets focus on travel between July 2009-June 2012. They use data from 26,219 people in 10,208 households.

The sample is designed so that results for individuals can be scaled to provide national estimates of travel.

The Ministry’s vehicle fleet statistics show that, after a period of traffic growth in the early to mid 2000s, the amount of travel by light passenger vehicles has slightly decreased. This is reflected in this Household Travel Survey.

More information on the New Zealand Household Travel Survey


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