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Why Is the HVUT Important?


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The Federal HTF protects the nation's investment in our transportation infrastructure. In 2007 alone, Federal HTF receipts topped $39.9 billion, with $34.9 billion dedicated to the HTF's Highway Account. The Federal HTF finances a broad spectrum of transportation investments, including:

  • Highway improvements (e.g., land acquisition and other right-of-way costs, preliminary and construction engineering, construction and reconstruction, resurfacing and restoration costs of roadways and bridges)
  • Highway and bridge maintenance activities
  • Highway law enforcement
  • Safety programs (e.g., driver education and training, vehicle inspection programs, enforcement of vehicle size and weight limits)
  • Congestion relief projects
  • Debt service
  • Administrative costs (e.g., research, engineering)
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Investment in our nation's highway infrastructure helps:

  • Save lives, time and money
  • Reduce the number and severity of crashes for all kinds of vehicles
  • Enhance the ability of the entire community of emergency responders
  • Lower fuel and insurance costs
  • Increase mobility
  • Ease congestion
  • Decrease energy consumption
  • Boost air quality
  • Improve the efficient movement of goods
  • Raise business productivity
  • Strengthen the nation's economic productivity

Since the vast majority of all funds contributed by states to the Federal HTF are returned through highway fund apportionments, there is a direct incentive for state agencies to take necessary measures to enhance HVUT compliance.

More Information

Link to Urban Mobility Report: http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/
Link to Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policy/2010cpr/

 

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