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Trucking Drives The Economy
- Employment: In 2013, the trucking industry i Ohio provided 282,110 jobs or one out of 16 in the state. Total trucking industry wages paid in Ohio in 2013 exceeded $12.6 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $44,850. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2013 that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light, delivery drivers, held 95,680 jobs with a mean annual salary of $26,275.
- Small Business Emphasis: As of April 2014, there were 15,560 trucking companies located in Ohio, most of them small, locally owned businesses. These companies are served by a wide range of supporting business both large and small.
- Transportation of Essential Products: Trucks transported 85 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2010 or 1,107, 809 tons per day. 82 percent of Ohio communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.
Trucking Pays The Freight
- As an Industry: In 2013, the trucking industry in Ohio paid approximately $1.1 billion in federal and state roadway taxes. The industry paid 36 percent of all taxes owed by Ohio motorists, despite trucks representing only 10 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
- Individual Companies: As of January 2014, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $5,894 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $8, 906 in federal user fees and taxes. These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by business in Ohio.
- Roadway Use: In 2013, Ohio had 123,297 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 113 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 10.9 billion miles.
- Continually Improving: At the national level, the large truck fatal crash rate for 2013 was 1.44 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This rate has dropped by 39.2 percent over the past decade.
- Sharing the Road: The trucking industry is committed to sharing the road safely with all vehicles. The Share the Road program sends a team of professional truck drivers to communities around the country to teach car drivers about truck blind spots, stopping distances, and how to merge safely around large trucks, all designed to reduce the number of car-truck accidents.
- Safety First: Ohio Trucking Association members put safety first through improved driver training, investment in advanced safety technologies and active participation in industry safety initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.
Trucks Deliver A Cleaner Tomorrow
- Fuel Consumption: The trucking industry continues to improve energy and environmental efficiency even while increasing the number of miles driven. In 2013, combination trucks consumed 95 billion fewer gallons of fuel than passenger vehicles in the U.S. and accounted for just 17 percent of the total highway transportation fuel consumed.
- Emissions: Through advancements in engine technology and fuel refinements, new diesel truck engines produce 98 percent fewer particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (Nix) emissions than a similar engine manufactured prior to 1990. Sulfur emissions from diesel engines have also been reduced by 97 percent since 1999.
- Partnerships: Through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership, the trucking industry is working with government and business to quantity greenhouse gas emissions and take steps to reduce them.
- 7.1 Million industry employees
- 80% of U.S. communities rely exclusively on trucks
- 68% Percent of total U.S. freight tonnage in 2014
- 32% Decline in truck-involved fatal crashes since 1980
- $7 Billion annual investment in safety technology by the trucking industry
- There are nearly 3.1 million truck drivers in the United States. Total industry employment is 6.9 million, or one of every 16 people working in the United States.
- In 2012, the trucking industry hauled 9.4 billion tons of freight, or 68.5 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage. Rail was the next busiest mode, moving 14.8 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage.
- In 2012, the trucking industry was an astounding $642.1 billion industry, representing 80.7 percent of the nation’s freight bill.
- More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities.
- Professional truck drivers drove over 397.8 billion miles in 2011, more than double 25 years ago.
- America's truck drivers are professionals dedicated to keeping our highways safe. Americans around the country depend on the trucking industry to deliver life's essentials safely and efficiently. The nation's 3.1 million professional truck drivers follow stringent safety regulations, attend frequent training programs, and work to educate the motoring public on how to safely drive around tractor-trailers.
- The trucking industry has a zero tolerance standard in place for drug and alcohol use. The latest violation rate for alcohol use on the job, based on random alcohol testing of truck drivers,is just two-tenth of one percent (0.2 percent).
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