Economics & Safety
Employment: 34,360 jobs in the trucking industry in West Virginia, or one out of 16 in the state.
Wages: Wages exceeded $1.4 billion, average salary of $41,874. (Truck drivers held 10,940 jobs with an average salary of $38,070.)
Transportation of Essential Products: Trucks transported 61% of total manufactured tonnage, or 65,448 tons per day. Over 84 percent of communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.
Trucking pays the Freight
As an Industry: Recent reports show the trucking industry in WV paid approximately $243 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees. The industry paid 38 percent of all taxes and fees owed by West Virginia motorists, despite trucks representing only 12 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
Individual Companies: A typical five-axle tractor semi-trailer combination paid $7957 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 Weest Virginia.
Continually Improving: At the national level, the truck-involved fatal crash rate for 2014 was 1.23 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles of travel (VMT). This rate is at its lowest point since the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) began keeping these records in 1975. Since that time, it has dropped 73%.
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 safe merging around large trucks, all designed to reduce the number of car-truck accidents. The West Virginia Trucking Association hs entered into a partnership with West Virginia school superintendents where by they have endorsed the showing of the Share the Road video to all high school students. We also travel to give demonstrations to students each year.
The West Virginia Trucking Association has entered into a partnership with the WV Superintendents of Schools where by they have endorsed the showing of the Share the Road video to all high school students. We travel to give demonstrations to students each year.
Safety First: The West Virginia Trucking Association put safety first through improved driver training, investment in advanced safety technologies and active participation in safety initiatives at the local, state and national levels. Annually the Association holds a Truck Driving Championship and a Safety Banquet. These events promote safety and recognize professionals in our industry for their expertise.
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