Fast Facts About The Trucking Industry

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New York Trucking Fast Facts Brochure 

The trucking industry in New York provides more than 270,000 jobs, or 1 out of 27 in the state, paying wages in excess of $16 billion annually.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer, held 58,280 jobs.

  • As of 2021, there were 107,360 trucking companies located in New York, most of them small, locally owned businesses. These companies are served by a wide range of supporting businesses both large and small.

  • Trucks transported 96.2 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2017 or 472,400 tons per day.

  • More than 89 percent of New York communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

Trucking pays its way

  • In 2020, the trucking industry in New York paid approximately $1.2 billion in federal and state roadway taxes, representing 33 percent of all taxes owed by New York motorists.

  • The trucking industry represents 9 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the New York State.

  • As of January 2022, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $11,697 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $8,906 in federal user fees and taxes, in addition to the typical taxes paid by businesses in New York.

  • In 2020, New York had 114,205 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 102.5 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 9.2 billion miles.

Trucking and the environment

  • In 2020, combination trucks consumed 113 billion fewer gallons of fuel than passenger vehicles in the U.S. and accounted for just 18 percent of the total highway transportation fuel consumed.

  • 49% of U.S. commercial trucks are now powered by the newest-generation, near-zero emissions diesel technology.

  • Medium- and heavy-duty trucks contribute just 24.5% of all transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S. and represent only 7% of total U.S. GHG emissions.

Source: American Transportation Research Institute