DOT Resumes Collecting Data on Vehicle Inventory and Use

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) recently announced it would conduct a 2021 Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS), marking the first VIUS data collection in 20 years.

Conducted in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Census Bureau, VIUS once served as the primary data source on the physical and operational characteristics of the U.S. truck population.

For the 2021 survey, 150,000 vehicle owners nationwide were randomly selected to provide information on their 2021 vehicle use through an online portal.

Focusing on heavy trucks and truck tractors, the survey will collect information on vehicles’ physical characteristics, installed safety technologies, maintenance performed, and uses.

Expected to be available in 2023, the collected data will be used to guide infrastructure investments, evaluate truck safety, estimate fuel efficiency and emissions, and understand the products and commodities carried on U.S. roadways.

The online survey portal will be open through October 2022.

For more information and instructions for participants, click here.