Big trucks make up 4.3 percent of all highway vehicles, but in the most congested corridors, every fourth vehicle is a truck.
There are more big trucks on the road than ever, but the fact is they represent just 4.3 percent of all highway vehicles and 10 percent of total highway miles traveled.
Not all roads are the same, however. Half of all truck miles are on the Interstate highway system. On some heavily traveled stretches, every fourth vehicle is a truck.
In 2010, trucks transported 34.2 million tons of freight around the U.S. every day. These trucks pay extra taxes to offset extra wear and tear on roadways. In 2009, these taxes amounted to $3.2 billion – 11 percent the Federal Highway Trust Fund’s total revenue.
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