Canadian heavy truck population shrinks again (February 24, 2003)

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OTTAWA, Ont. — There are 644,300 tractor trailers and straight trucks in the Canadian market, according to the latest Statistics Canada survey.

The figure reflects a continuing downward revision of the heavy commercial vehicles (weighing at least 4 500 kg) plying our highways. A few years ago the figure was pegged at 700,000 but since then an about 25% thinning in the ranks of small carriers, a 10% reduction in the number of owner/operators and strict emissions controls in Ontario have removed many vehicles from service.

The Statistics Canada survey also reported 4.2 million trailers (commercial and passenger-related) and 1.4 million off-road, construction and farm vehicles.

In total 18.6 million road motor vehicles were registered in Canada in 2002.Of this total, 17.5 million (94%) were passenger cars and light vehicles such as pickup trucks and minivans.

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