Trucks Bring it: Delivering Alabama’s Economy


Trucking is the dominate transportation source in Alabama. No other mode delivers the goods as effectively and efficiently as trucking. We are the wheels of Alabama’s diverse and thriving economy.

Trucks Bring it: Delivering Alabama’s economy

Trucking is the dominate transportation source in Alabama. No other mode delivers the goods as effectively and efficiently as trucking. We are the wheels of Alabama’s diverse and thriving economy.

Employing Thousands of Alabamians

In 2015, the Alabama trucking businesses provided 105,630 jobs – or one out of 15 in the state. Total trucking industry wages paid in Alabama in 2015 exceeded $4.9 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $46,529. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2015 that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light, delivery drivers, held 31,280 jobs with a mean annual salary of $40,110. As of April 2015, there were 9,160 trucking companies located in Alabama, 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 268,147 tons per day. 86.1 percent of Alabama communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

Trucking Pays Freight

As an Industry: In 2014, the trucking industry in Alabama paid approximately $541 million in federal and state roadway taxes. The industry paid 39 percent of all taxes owed by Alabama motorists, despite trucks representing only 10 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.

Individual Companies: As of January 2016, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $4,156 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 Alabama.

Roadway Use: In 2014, Alabama had 102,018 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 65.7 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 6.5 billion miles.

Safety Matters

America’s trucking industry invests more than $9.5 billion in highway and workplace safety. That investment is paying off. 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 began keeping these records in 1975. Meanwhile, in Alabama, the fatal crash rate for 2014 was 1.14 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. Safety First: Alabama 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.

Working for a Cleaner Tomorrow

American trucking businesses continue to improve energy and environmental efficiency even while increasing the number of miles they drive. In 2014, combination trucks consumed 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. 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.

Tons of Manufactured Freight Moved

Alabama Total Rail Intermodal Truck Air Water
Inbound 87,610,507  11,372,861 81,351 69,493,357     10,458    6,652,480
Outbound 109,322,862 19,187,008 63,056 85,427,440 62,753 4,582,604
Total 196,933,369 30,559,869 144,408 154,920,797 73,211 11,235,084
Modal Share 100.0% 15.5% 0.1% 78.7% 0.0% 5.7%

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