OTTAWA, Ont. — Statistics Canada has released some numbers showing a decline in the number of trucks on Canadian highways.
Between 2000 and 2003 the number of trucks on Canadian roads decreased 0.2 per cent while the volume of car traffic rose 5.5 per cent. That flies in the face of popular public opinion that there are more trucks on the road today.
Still, Gord Baldwin of Stats Canada’s transportation division says "There’s not a small amount of truck’s in Canada."
He added "What we are trying to get at in the paper is why people’s perceptions are what they are."
The paper says that in 2003 there were 660,450 trucks in Canada. There were 27 cars registered for every truck in Canada. The study also found trucks travel 2.5 times farther than the average car, which Baldwin said could contribute to the perception there are more trucks on the road than there really are.
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