Table 5-3: California Truck Characteristics and Use: 1997

Table 5-3: California Truck Characteristics and Use: 1997

(Percent unless otherwise specified)

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Vehicular and operational characteristics All trucks Trucks, excluding pickups, panels, vans, sport utilities, and station wagons
Total, number (thousands) 8,818.8  522.5
Major use 100.00 100.0
Agriculture 2.7  8.7
Forestry and lumbering 0.1  1.7
Mining and quarrying 0.2  0.6
Construction 8.9  20.5
Manufacturing 0.3  5.5
Wholesale and retail trade 5.8  20.4
For-hire transportation 1.2  16.5
Utilities and service 8.2  12.6
Personal transportation 68.6  3.4
Other and not reported 4.0  10.2
Body type 100.0  100.0
Pickup, panel, minivan, and sport utility 94.1   NA 
Platform and cattlerack 2.1  35.4
Van 1.2  20.1
Public utility 0.1  1.8
Multistop or stepvans 0.8  13.5
Dump 0.5  8.7
Tank for liquids or dry bulk 0.3  4.4
Other or not reported 1.0  16.2
Vehicle size 100.0  100.0
Light 95.6  28.3
Medium 1.6  23.6
Light-heavy 0.7  11.7
Heavy-heavy 2.2  36.4
Annual miles driven 100.0  100.0
Less than 5,000 20.0  24.8
5,000 to 9,999 17.8  13.4
10,000 to 19,999 40.7  25.1
20,000 to 29,999 13.3  11.6
30,000 or more 8.3  25.1
Year model 100.0  100.0
1 to 2 years old 16.8  11.3
3 to 4 years old 12.3  9.8
Over 4 years old 70.9  78.9
Vehicle acquisition 100.0  100.0
Purchased new 46.0  38.0
Purchased used 46.1  50.0
Leased from someone or    
not reported 7.9  12.0
Truck type 100.0  100.0
Single-unit trucks 97.7  68.6
2-axles 97.3  60.9
3-axles or more 0.5  7.6
Combination 2.3  31.4
3 axles 0.4  3.7
4 axles 0.6  7.4
5 axles or more 1.2  20.4
Trailer not specified V V
Range of operation 100.0  100.0
Local 72.0  53.0
Short-range 16.0  27.4
Long-range 5.4  7.7
Off-the-road or not    
reported 6.7  11.9
Fuel type 100.0  100.0
Gasoline 94.5  35.5
Diesel, liquefied gas,    
and other 4.9  59.6
Not reported 0.5  4.9

KEY: NA = not applicable; V = represents less than .05 percent.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey, California, EC97TVCA, Washington, DC: 1999, available at http://www.census.gov/econ/www/viusmain.html as of Dec. 27, 2001.