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Trucks Bring It! In 2013!

Posted By John Hausladen, Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, July 12, 2013

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!

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