The economics of this beloved industry is larger than most would even imagine. These sheer thought and near apprehensiveness that covers over the glazed look that those “bigrigs” are necessary! They move how much!!
However based on the onset of industry numbers found for the past few years- Even finding myself—almost shocked and mesmerized by the thought of the grandure of the footprint necessary for our country to survive. That one single thought, then says — if that much is controlled by our industry and is necessary where did everyone begin looking and peering at the Asphalt riders, as junk–unwanted, only being seen from as requested, or as their needs are pushed to point of grabbing a stupid dispatcher by the throat like a rag doll cause you have been working or 5 months straight without a single drop of some hometime. If you think it does not happen—you are mistaken–and clearly misjudged by public push of the pen or keyboard to write good looking letters in paragraphs that paint a much better picture than what the reality of the industry really truly had turned……the Assets- Only one producing production for the profit of the Authorized Carriers–and the governmental assurance that the policing of the rules and regulations against the drivers/operators are the primary responsible parties—however they are paid the least—-out of the whole system………$10k fine–driver pays——Yeah—-consider that for a moment as well……….
However, Trucking is a necessity for the vitality and the life of this new technology based economy of the instant gratification, instant need, without necessary inventory clouding the warehouse or real estate–ensuring profit from the outsiders —-not the ones who know and understand the “just in time” movement to prosperity…..
According to the American Trucking Association, trucking.org-
The trucking industry is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Over 70% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks. Without the industry and our truck drivers, the economy would come to a standstill. To move 10.4 billion tons of freight annually requires over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks and over 3.5 million truck drivers. It also takes over 38 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all of that freight. Simply – without trucks, America stops. ……..
While in another article—they stated
Among the findings in this year’s <2016-notation added> edition:
- Trucking generated $676.2 billion, or 79.8% of the nation’s freight bill.
- Trucks moved 10.42 billion tons of freight – 70.6% of all domestic freight tonnage.
- The nation’s commercial trucks paid $41.3 billion in state and federal highway user fees and taxes. The average five-axle tractor trailer pays more than $5,600 in taxes annually.
- There were 33.8 million trucks registered for business purposes, including 3.68 million Class 8 trucks. Those trucks burned 38.8 billion gallons of diesel fuel and 15.5 billion gallons of gasoline and traveled 450.4 billion miles.
- 7.4 million Americans are employed in trucking-related jobs, including 3.5 million as truck drivers. 6% of those drivers are women and 38.7% are minorities.
- Trucking is an industry made up of small businesses: 91% of motor carriers operate six or fewer trucks and 97.3% operate less than 20.
The Trucking Industry as a whole–
moved 70.6% of all domestic freight, $41.3 BILLION in State and Federal Highway fees and taxes. Each averaging over $5,600 annually——33.8 Million registered—-and that includes the 3.68Million Class 8- tractors……..38.8 Billion gallons of fuel —–some gas too—-total mileage of 450.4billion miles– right at 11% of the gross in fees and taxes. According to my figures looks to be from just Class 8 tractors, HVUT—is a bit over $2Billion Annually of the $41.3 Gross!!
Half of the industry are truck drivers–remaining half are support for the drivers. Noted and we should be proud, that we are the last remaining small business strong industry!!!
Well, I am off to see the wizard! The wonderful wizard of Oz!!