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Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS)

Friday, December 17, 2021

BTS is pleased to announce the return of VIUS after nearly 20 years

The VIUS has been the principal data source on the physical and operational characteristics of the United States truck population. Its primary goal is to gain an understanding nationally and statewide on how trucks are being utilized for various goods transport. 


What is VIUS?

 


The 2021 VIUS

The 2021 VIUS is being conducted in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Department of Energy (DOE), and the US Census Bureau to better under the characteristics and use of vehicles on our nation's roads.  The data will be used to guide investments in our nation's infrastructure, vehicle technologies and parts; as well as to evaluate truck safety needs, emissions estimates, and conservation practices.  BTS is proud to be bringing back this survey with the support of its sponsors after 20 years. 

The 2021 VIUS will be survey 150,000 vehicle owners of class 1 through 8 trucks, which includes vehicle body types, such as, pickups, SUVs, minivans, light vans, straight trucks and truck tractors. Dependent on what type of vehicle a selected driver owns, they will receive either the Heavy Vehicle Questionnaire or the Light Vehicle Questionnaire. The survey will be conducted February through October, 2022 and collect information on the selected vehicle's 2021 activity, uses, and physical characteristics. Vehicles from all sectors of the economy, households, and states will be included.  The results are planned for release in the fall of 2023. 

 

The 2021 VIUS will collect data on: 

  • Vehicle safety technologies, such as, collision warning, parking assist, and vehicle to vehicle communications,
  • Vehicle fuel types, including alternative fuel sources,
  • Vehicle maintenance and level of repairs,
  • The uses of vehicles, including how often they are used, their capabilities, how far they travel, and why they travel,
  • Miles traveled and fuel economy by weight, type, configuration, and age of vehicle,
  • Axle configurations, trailers hauled, and operating weight,
  • Equipment added after manufacture of the chassis,
  • Business versus personal use and types of economic activity served,
  • Commodities carried,
  • And much more!

VIUS Uses

Current VIUS estimates are of critical importance to federal agencies, state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, business, and drivers alike.  

    Results from the 2021 survey will:

         Provide statistics for:

    • Vehicle size and weight studies
    • Tracking the deployment of driver-assistance technology
    • Input to freight demand models and air quality models
    • Role of motor vehicles in the economy
    • Fuel efficiency of the Nation's truck fleet
    • Analyses of fees and allocation of cost among highway users
    • Highway traveler exposure to potential safety risks

         Guide investments into:

    • Better roads, bridges, fueling stations, and other transportation infrastructure at the local and state level,
    • Decrease traffic congestion and energy usage on the nation’s roadways,
    • Increase safety and the ability to move goods more effectively,
    • And more

    2021 VIUS Milestones

    Milestones Planned Completion
    Survey Release February 23, 2022
    Survey Conclusion October 2022
    Data Release Fall 2023

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