Road transport in Australia
The sheer size of Australia’s land mass and the distance between our major capital cities means the lion’s share of all domestic freight is delivered by road transport.
On the east coast, around 4000 trucks a day drive the approximately 875 km route between Melbourne and Sydney. Most of these are prime movers with two semi-trailers, known as B doubles. These vehicles have a combined loaded weight of up to 68 tonnes and can be up to 25 metres long. One way trips take anything from 10 to 12 hours. Moving up the coast to from Sydney to Brisbane another 3600 B doubles make the averaging 1000 kms daily trip.
The distances between major centres are massive Sydney to Perth (Via Broken Hill) 4045kms, Melbourne to Perth 3400 kms, Adelaide to Darwin 3020 kms and Darwin to Perth 4025 kms these routes service our major cities and larger regional centres with food, retail supplies, construction materials, furniture, post and parcels, anything and everything you need for daily life.
On the outback routes the trucks are even bigger and it’s more common to see huge road trains with their triple trailers hauling raw materials and livestock and machinery for the mining, resources and agricultural sectors.
When you understand the scale of road transport operations, it’s clear the industry makes a huge contribution to the economy.
The majority of freight is delivered large warehouses or freight forwarding centres on the outskirts of the city. Items are reloaded onto smaller vehicles for around town deliveries. Smaller trucks are used to deliver parcels and post to sorting centres where they are delivered by courier vans or Posties on motorbikes. Rigid or smaller trucks are used for deliveries around town.
Truck rentals are an effective way to supplement your fleet
When you need a hire truck to supplement your fleet. Rentco should be your first port of call. We have a vast inventory of modern primer movers, trailers or all types, small trucks, tipper trucks and mine site compliant smaller commercial vehicles, perfect back up when your own trucks are in for scheduled maintenance, or off the road for any reason. With depots in all mainland capital cities and in many regional centres, Rentco is well placed to service your needs.
Hiring a truck from Rentco is an affordable way to increase your vehicle delivery fleet in peak demand times. You only pay for the days you need the truck and Rentco has a schedule of very competitive rental rates for short, medium or longer term rental agreements. We also offer the peace of mind of 24/7 national breakdown or recovery service.
If you need to hire a truck, trailer or commercial vehicle, contact your nearest Rentco depot and our friendly staff will talk you through the options. Where ever you are in Australia, Rentco has your equipment needs and your business bottom line covered.