I am proud to be a trucker. I know you are too. At the start of a new year it is good to remember just who we are and what we do for the State of Minnesota.
Trucking Drives the Economy
- Provide 120,980 direct and industry-dependent jobs (one out of 18 in the state), representing totaling $5.6 billion in wages
- Provide 44,460 truck driving jobs paying an average salary of $37,775
- 14,550 trucking companies call Minnesota home, paying local property taxes
- Trucks transport 85 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the Minnesota (528,529 tons per day)
- Over 68 percent of Minnesota communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.
Trucking Pays the Freight
- Pay approximately $680 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees.
- Pay 33 percent of all taxes and fees owed by Minnesota motorists, despite trucks representing only 8 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
- Typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $6,240 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $7,771 in federal user fees and taxes.
Safety Matters to Truckers
- Truck-related fatalities dropped to their lowest numbers in a decade
- Fatal crashes involving trucks dropped 37 percent in the past decade
- Persons injured involving trucks dropped 27 percent in the past decade
- Persons killed involving trucks dropped 41 percent in the past decade Clean
Air Matters to Truckers
- Combination trucks consumed over 57 billion fewer gallons of fuel than passenger vehicles in the U.S. Combination trucks accounted for just 17 percent of the total highway transportation fuel consumed.
- 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
Tell the Good News – With that refresher under the belt, be bold, be loud … and be truckers!