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 285,000 jobs, or 1 out of 28 in the state, paying wages in excess of $15.9 billion annually.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer, held 62,360 jobs.

  • As of 2019, there were 37,590 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 95 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2012 or 531,010 tons per day.

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

Trucking pays its way

  • In 2018, the trucking industry in New York paid approximately $1.3 billion in federal and state roadway taxes, representing 37 percent of all taxes owed by New York motorists.

  • The trucking industry represents 6 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the New York State.

  • As of January 2020, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $11,873 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 2018, New York had 113,533 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 123.5 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 7.8 billion miles.

Trucking and the environment

  • In 2018, combination trucks consumed 100 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.

  • 43% of U.S. commercial trucks are now powered by the newest-generation, near-zero emissions diesel technology.

  • New diesel truck engines produce 98 percent fewer particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions than a similar engine manufactured prior to 1990.

  • Sulfur emissions from diesel engines have also been reduced by 97 percent since 1999.

Source: American Transportation Research Institute