Pittenger honors N.C. truckers
Sep 18, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2013
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HONORS NORTH CAROLINA TRUCK DRIVERS
WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joins the North Carolina Trucking Association in honoring the 3.1 million professional truck drivers who deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.
In 2012, the trucking industry provided 186,100 jobs in North Carolina. There are over 13,190 trucking companies located in North Carolina; most of them small, locally-owned businesses. These professional drivers, both men and women, transport 89 percent of total manufactured tonnage in North Carolina and over 86 percent of communities in the state depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.
The trucking industry is working to ensure that goods are delivered in the safest and cleanest way possible. North Carolina Trucking Association members put safety first through improved driver training, investment in new safety technology, and active participation in local and state safety initiatives. Trucks are becoming cleaner and more efficient thanks to “clean diesel” engines. In fact, trucks in the United States consumed 95.7 billion fewer gallons of fuel than passenger vehicles while increasing the overall number of miles driven.
“We should all take a moment to recognize the significant contributions of professional truck drivers, who play a critical role in the growth of our economy,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Without truckers, most of us would lack the basic necessities of life.”