A widely accepted industry estimate of U. S. heavy and tractor-trailer truck driver jobs could be over-stated by as much as 40 percent, according to an upcoming report from the federal government’s largest employment data agency.
The number of long-haul truckers is somewhere between 1.87 million and 2.125 million, according to estimates in the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
That count is well below the estimate of 3.5 million truckers from the industry’s largest lobbying group, the American Trucking Associations.
“Three and a half million over-the-road [drivers] is B.S. and always has been,” said Craig Fuller, founder and managing director of startup TransRisk and a long-time trucking executive. “Anybody who understands the industry knows the number doesn’t represent the true for-hire market.”