The mission of Trucking Moves America Forward is to establish a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future.
What We Do
Every day, millions of trucks travel across the United States to help move America forward.
Whether you are a student, mother, homeowner, doctor, business executive or politician, you depend on trucks to deliver essential foods, medicines, office supplies, computers, cribs, and other products that help you live every day.
Most Americans don’t realize how essential trucks are to their lives until there is a severe weather or adverse condition that prevents trucks from delivering.
But the fact is trucks are critical to our national and global economy, to our families, to our businesses, and so much more. When they stop moving, the country stops moving.
By telling our story—educating the public and working with policymakers at the state and federal level—we can ensure that the trucking industry remains the thriving industry it is today.
Trucks Move America Forward. We have a story. Help us share it!
Economic Growth & Jobs
- Trucks drive economic growth and jobs in America—in fact, the industry currently supports almost 7 million jobs, including just over 3 million professional drivers.
- Today, there are more than 30,000 job openings in the trucking industry.
- Trucks stimulate economic activity in every sector of the American economy—including health care, fuel and transportation, waste removal, retail, food and agriculture, manufacturing, banking and finance, and many others.
- Trucking provides the greater majority of shipping services and movement of goods in the United States. More than 80 percent of U.S. communities rely solely on trucking for delivery of goods.
- Trucking is mostly made up of small businesses – with 90 percent operating six or fewer trucks.
- Truck drivers are skilled professionals who are required to follow stringent safety regulations and willingly work with the public to educate them on how to drive with tractor-trailers on the road.
- Trucking organizations regularly recognize drivers for accident-free driving records.
- The trucking industry strives for safer highways and has seen overall declines in truck-related crashes and fatalities over the past decade.
- Today’s modern trucks are equipped with technologies that not only make them safer, but also smarter and more fuel efficient than they’ve ever been before.
- In addition to safety and environmental advances, new truck technology makes trucks more reliable, making just-in-time delivery possible and even improving the quality of food and other goods upon their delivery.
- The trucking industry is committed to improving the environment. Many companies have participated in a sustainability program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one billion tons and fuel consumption by 86 billion gallons over 10 years.
- Trucks are embracing green technologies—hybrid electric and engine-powered systems—that reduce idling time and air pollution.
- Trucks connect and grow communities across the country every day, one truck at a time. And during times of community need, we deliver.
- Trucks perform a massive service to victims of natural disaster, delivering everything from food to housing relief and first aid to hauling away debris. And when the immediate crisis is over, trucks deliver the essentials to rebuild those communities.
- Following Hurricane Sandy, as many as 32 food trucks were dispatched on any given day, serving over 500 meals apiece to storm victims in an area that was without access to food or restaurants.
- During the Flint, Michigan water crisis, Ohio-based Jet Express, Inc. launched a campaign to donate and deliver water bottles to Flint residents. Jet Express alone delivered 230,000 bottles and numerous other trucking companies, including Michigan’s Holland Inc., joined the effort.
- In response to the flooding in Baton Rouge and other parts of Louisiana in 2016, trucking once again stepped up to help, keeping trucks going and packing others with donated supplies for victims.