FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

April, 2014

Trucking Moves America Forward

Driver 2134 Rinat Yagudin w New Truck 001We recently read an opinion piece in Transport Topics by trucking initiative Trucking Moves America Forward that deserves a verbatim recap:

“The public perception of professional truck drivers is not consistent with reality. Instead of hard-working, family men and women…, professional truck drivers can be seen as dangerous and an unwelcome highway hazard. The truth, however, is that today’s truck driver is a skilled professional who follows stringent safety guidelines and is experienced with the new and improved technologies that make trucks smarter, more fuel-efficient and safer than ever before.

“The trucking industry brings more than $642 billion in revenue into the country, thanks to the nearly 7 million people employed in trucking-related jobs – about 3.1 million of them as drivers. That’s equal to the populations of West Virginia and Maine combined.

“At a time when almost 10% of our country’s workforce is looking for employment, industry experts project the transportation industry will add 30,000 jobs this year alone.”

For the full commentary, click here.