Trucking Drives the Economy

  • Employment: 

    • In 2008, the trucking industry in Oklahoma provided 82,853 jobs, or one out of15 in the state.  Total trucking industry wages paid in Oklahoma in 2008 exceeded $3.6 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $43,097.  In May 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light, delivery drivers, held 33,500 jobs with a mean annual salary of $30,700.
  • Small Business Emphasis: 

    • There are over 10,345 trucking companies located in Oklahoma, most of them small, locally owned businesses. These companies are served by a wide range of supporting businesses both large and small.
  • Transportation of Essential Products: 

    • Trucks transported 86.2 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2008 or 318,806 tons per day. Over 75 percent of communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

Trucking Pays the Freight

  • As an Industry: 

    • In 2008, the trucking industry in Oklahoma paid approximately $529.4 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees. The industry paid 41 percent of all taxes and fees owed by Oklahoma motorists, despite trucks representing only 16 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
  • Individual Companies: 

    • In 2009, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $3,706 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $8,959 in federal user fees and taxes.These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in Oklahoma.
  • Roadway Use: 

    • In 2008, Oklahoma had 113,323 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 48.5 billion miles. Trucking’s use of Oklahoma public roads was 7.5 billion miles in 2008.

Safety Matters

  • Continually Improving:

    • At the national level, the large truck fatal crash rate for 2008 was 1.64 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles of travel (VMT). This rate is at its lowest point since the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) began keeping these records. Since 1975 this rate has dropped 64 percent.
  • Sharing the Road: 

    • The trucking industry is committed to sharing the road safely with all vehicles. The Share the Road program sends a team of professional truck drivers to communities around the country to teach car drivers about truck blind spots, stopping distances and safe merging around large trucks, all designed to reduce the number of car-truck accidents.
  • Safety First: 

    • Oklahoma Trucking Association members put safety first through improved driver training, investment in advanced safety technologies and active participation in industry safety initiatives at the local, state and national levels.

Information provided by the American Transportation Research Institute.