Truck Registrations by Industry

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Truck Registrations by Industry

The total number of trucks registered in the US as of YE 2017 stood at 151.61 million units. Alternatively, about 12.23 million trucks were registered in 2017 alone. The total number of new/used medium and heavy-duty trucks (class 4-8) registered between September 2018 and 2019 were about 1.7 million.

Number of Trucks Registered in 2017

  • According to the 2019 Truck Profile dataset compiled by the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the most recent number of total truck registrations were available for the year 2017.
  • The BTS dataset reported the total number of registrations in 2017 to be 12.23 million units, comprising 9.34 million units of single-unit truck and 2.89 million units of combination-truck registrations.
  • A 2019 report by Experian states that about 600,00 new registrations for class 4-8 trucks took place between September 2018-2019, while about 1.1 million registrations of used vehicles (class 4-8) took place during the same period.
  • According to Statista's 2019 data set, the projected number of registrations for trucks in 2020 will be in the range of 693,500 units. The breakup of truck registration is estimated to be 398,100 units of class 3-5, 94,000 units of class 6-7, and 201,400 units of class 8 vehicles.

Total Number of Registered Trucks Operating as in 2017

  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) publishes the annual Highway Statistics Series report, detailing the total number of US truck registrations (Class 1-8) by truck type and registered state.
  • The most recent report available for public use was published by FHWA in April 2018. The report states that the total number of trucks registered in the US as of YE 2017 were 151.61 million units.
  • In 2017, the total number of registrations for private sector stood at 149.30 million units, followed by 1.79 million registered units for municipal, county, and state governments, and 514,777 units registered for federal government.
  • The top-five states with maximum number of truck registrations in the US include California (14.51 million), Texas (13.04 million), Florida (8.10 million), New York (5.76 million), and Pennsylvania (5.66 million).
  • According to NTEA, the FHWA data for total number of registrations in 2018 will be published in early 2020.

Top Industries by Truck Count

  • According to the 2019 report by Experian, the top-3 industries employing the largest number of trucks in operation include transportation and warehousing, wholesale trade, and construction.
  • According to a 2018 report by Fleet Owner, the top industries with the highest number of truck count are as follows:
    • Wholesale trade with non-durable goods: 4.1 million vehicles
    • Wholesale trade with durable goods: 3.5 million vehicles
    • Trucking and warehousing: 2.4 million vehicles
    • Special trade contractors: 1.95 million vehicles
    • Electric, gas, and sanitary services: 1.75 million vehicles
    • Heavy construction except building: 1.41 million vehicles
    • Business services: 1.35 million vehicles
    • Auto repair, servicing, and garages: 1.30 million vehicles
    • Food and kindred products: 1.20 million vehicles
    • Oil and gas extraction: 950,000 vehicles

Retail Sales of Trucks by Class in 2018

Top 5 Contract Freight Carrying Companies according to Fleet Size

  • According to the 2019 list by Transport Topics, the top-5 companies with the largest trailer and tractor fleet size are as follows;

Additional Reports

  • A 2019 report by Automotive Fleet lists the largest fleets operating in the US according to industry and vehicle class type. Additionally, the report classifies the fleet size by top 10 companies that have the largest fleet size in each industry.
  • The 2019 Pocket Guide released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enlists the total number of registered vehicles operating in the US.