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

Table 5-3: Massachusetts 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) 1,240.8 91.9
Major use 100.0 100.0
Agriculture 1.2 2.5
Forestry and lumbering 0.4 1.2
Mining and quarrying V 0.6
Construction 12.9 34.2
Manufacturing 0.7 4.8
Wholesale and retail trade 5.5 23.2
For-hire transportation 1.0 8.9
Utilities and service 7.1 13.6
Personal transportation 69.5 4.1
Other and not reported 1.6 7.0
Body type 100.0 100.0
Pickup, panel, minivan, and sport utility 92.6 NA
Platform and cattlerack 1.6 21.8
Van 1.6 21.2
Public utility 0.2 2.3
Multistop or stepvans 1.3 17.2
Dump 1.6 22.1
Tank for liquids or dry bulk 0.5 6.2
Other or not reported 0.7 9.2
Vehicle size 100.0 100.0
Light 94.8 29.6
Medium 1.7 22.6
Light-heavy 1.0 12.9
Heavy-heavy 2.6 34.8
Annual miles driven 100.0 100.0
Less than 5,000 9.3 24.7
5,000 to 9,999 20.2 16.3
10,000 to 19,999 49.7 24.6
20,000 to 29,999 15.1 12.2
30,000 or more 5.7 22.2
Year model 100.0 100.0
1 to 2 years old 17.2 8.5
3 to 4 years old 19.4 14.8
Over 4 years old 63.4 76.7
Vehicle acquisition 100.0 100.0
Purchased new 46.1 49.2
Purchased used 46.1 42.4
Leased from someone or not reported 7.8 8.4
Truck type 100.0 100.0
Single-unit trucks 97.5 80.1
2 axles 96.7 70.0
3 axles or more 0.7 10.1
Combination 2.5 19.9
3 axles 0.5 2.8
4 axles 1.2 5.9
5 axles or more 0.8 11.2
Trailer not specified V V
Range of operation 100.0 100.0
Local 78.1 63.9
Short-range 16.3 24.6
Long-range 2.6 6.8
Off-the-road or not reported 2.9 4.8
Fuel type 100.0 100.0
Gasoline 94.2 41.8
Diesel, liquefied gas, and other 5.8 57.4
Not reported 0.1 0.8

KEY: NA = not applicable; V = less than 0.05 percent.

NOTE: Due to rounding, numbers may not sum to 100.

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