The trucking industry in New York provides more than 275,000 jobs, or 1 out of 27 in the state, paying wages in excess of $13.6 billion annually.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light, delivery drivers, held 93,610 jobs.
  • As of April 2014, there were 38,580 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 87 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2010 or 1,406,117 tons per day.
  • 89 percent of New York communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

Trucking Pays Its Way

  • In 2013, the trucking industry in New York paid approximately $1 billion in federal and state roadway taxes, representing 33 percent of all taxes owed by New York motorists.
  • The trucking industry represents 7 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the New York State.
  • As of January 2014, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $12,033 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 2013, New York had 114,728 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 130 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 8.7 billion miles.

Trucking and the Environment

  • In 2013, combination trucks consumed 95 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.
  • 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