Trucks hauled record amount of freight last year

July 11, 2006

The United States trucking industry hauled more freight than ever in 2005, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

The ATA reports that trucks transported 68.9% of the country's total freight volume last year, which translates into 10.7 billion tons and $623 billion in revenue, or 84.3% of the nation's overall freight bill.

"More than 26 million trucks of all classes played a part in reaching the milestone," say ATA officials.

"Of this number, 2.7 million were typical Class 8 tractor-trailer combinations operated by 565,000 interstate motor carriers."