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Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS)
   Overview
The Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS), which is collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, tracks the physical and operational characteristics of the nation's trucks. The survey covers private and commercial trucks registered or licensed in the United States as of July 1 of the survey year. The survey excludes vehicles owned by Federal, state, or local governments, ambulances, buses, motor homes, farm tractors, unpowered trailer units, and trucks reported to have been sold, junked, or wrecked prior to July 1 of the year preceding the survey.

Data on physical characteristics include date of purchase, weight, number of axles, overall length, type of engine, and body type. Operational characteristics data include type of use, lease characteristics, operator classification, base of operation, gas mileage, annual and lifetime miles driven, weeks operated, commodities hauled by type, and hazardous materials carried. Less detailed physical characteristics data are collected for pickups, vans, minivans, and sport utility vehicles because they are relatively homogenous in design and use.

Available data series include 1) truck fleet operational characteristics and 2) truck fleet physical characteristics.

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   Coverage
Private and commercial trucks registered (or licensed) in the United States as of July 1 of the survey year. The survey excludes vehicles owned by Federal, state, or local governments; ambulances; buses; motor homes; farm tractors; unpowered trailer units; and trucks reported to have been sold, junked, or wrecked prior to July 1 of the year preceding the survey.
   Availability
 
 
First Year1963
Last Year1997
FrequencyEvery five years
 
   Summary Tables
 
   National Transportation Statistics
 
U.S. Automobile and Truck Fleets by Use
 
   Related Links
 
Commodity Flow Survey
Current Industrial Report - Truck Trailers
Economic Census: Manufacturing Sector
Economic Census: Transportation Sector
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Motor Carrier Management Information System Catalog (MCMIS)
Transportation Annual Survey
 
 
   Data Source and Contacts
 
Data Provider AgencyU.S. Census Bureau
Data Provider OfficeEconomic Programs
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