It’s National Trucking Week, a time to celebrate professional truck drivers, trucking companies and all of the support teams that work within the industry.
It’s no secret that the backbone of this dynamic industry is its drivers. Millions of these dedicated men and women travel the roads every day, to deliver freight that we all need. Be it windows for our homes or the milk we purchase from the store, if you bought it, a truck brought it. Professional truck drivers sacrifice a lot in order to help provide us with the things we need for daily life; they miss birthdays, anniversaries, family dinners, school plays and many other special moments that most of us take for granted.
Some Interesting Facts About the Trucking Industry
- There are over 3.75 million professional truck drivers in North America, logging over 432 billion miles driven per year; to deliver the goods consumers need every day
- Trucking companies, warehouses and private sectors employ over 9 million people in North America in trucking related jobs
- Over 268,000 Canadians are truck drivers making it one of the top occupations in the country
- Figures show that, for every 10 jobs created in the trucking industry, seven jobs are created elsewhere (i.e. suppliers, service industries, road departments, etc)
- A typical tractor-trailer raises about $45,000 a year in federal/provincial taxes and fees
- 90 percent of all consumer goods in Canada and 70 percent of all consumer goods in the United States, are delivered by truck. The simple truth is, trucking is vital to our economy; remember if you bought it a truck brought it
- Approximately 400,000 commercial trucks cross the ManitobaUS border each year
- Most companies spend 95.2% of their revenue on operating expenses. This includes the driver, fuel, taxes and other costs of doing business
People in the trucking industry are vital to our economy and the future of Canada’s economic success. During National Trucking Week, take a moment to stop and thank a trucker.