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Florida Trucking Quick Facts

TRUCKING DRIVES THE ECONOMY

Employment: 

  • In 2015, the trucking industry in Florida provided 312,020 jobs, or one out of 22 in the state.
  • Total trucking industry wages paid in Florida in 2015 exceeded $14 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $44,778.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2015 that truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer drivers, held 72,280 jobs with a mean annual salary of $37,830.

Small Business Emphasis:

  • As of April 2015, there were over 27,960 trucking companies located in Florida, 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 79 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2012 or 345,664 tons per day,
  • Over 85 percent of Florida communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

TRUCKING PAYS THE FREIGHT

As an Industry:

  • In 2014, the trucking industry in Florida paid approximately $1.3 billion in federal and state roadway taxes and fees.
  • The industry paid 32 percent of all taxes and fees owed by Florida motorists, despite trucks representing only 7 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.

Individual Companies:

  • As of January 2016, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $6,739 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $8,906 in federal user fees and taxes.
  • These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in Florida.

Roadway Use:

  • In 2014, Florida had 122,391 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 201 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 13.7 billion miles.

SAFETY MATTERS

Continually Improving:

  • At the national level, the large truck fatal crash rate for 2014 was 1.23 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
  • This rate has dropped by 73 percent since the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) began keeping these records in 1975.
  • The 2014 fatal crash rate in Florida was 1.23 per 100 million VMT.

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 how to merge safely around large trucks, all designed to reduce the number of car-truck accidents.
  • The Florida Road Team educated over 8,000 individuals in 2015 alone with its “Share the Road Safely” program. The educational presentation includes lecture, video and hands-on demonstrations where people can sit in the truck and see what the driver sees–and can’t see.

Safety First:

  • Florida 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.

TRUCKS DELIVER A CLEANER TOMORROW

Fuel Consumption:

  • The trucking industry continues to improve energy and environmental efficiency even while increasing the number of miles driven.
  • In 2014, combination trucks consumed over 97 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.

Emissions:

  • Through advancements in engine technology and fuel refinements, 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.

Partnerships:

  • Through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership, the trucking industry is working with government and businesses to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and take steps to reduce them.

Source: American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Updated November 2016.

Fact Pages

Florida Fast Facts PDF (ATRI)

Published 4/2014

Florida Roadway Extent and Use (ATRI) (PDF)

Published 4/2014