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A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is a driver's license required in the United States to operate any type of vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,000 lb (11,793 kg) or more for commercial use, or transports quantities of hazardous material that require warning placards under Department of Transportation regulations, or that is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver. This includes (but is not limited to) tow trucks, tractor trailers, and buses.
The U.S. trucking industry is comprised of over 227,930 for-hire carriers and more than 282,485 private
carriers; 96.0% with less than 20 trucks.
The trucking industry employs 7.3 million people employed throughout the economy in jobs that relate to trucking activity in 2008, excluding self-employed.
In tonnage, trucks carried 68.8% of all freight – 10.2 billion tons in 2008.
In 2007, trucks hauled over $8.3 trillion worth of merchandise.
There are 3.39 million truck drivers employed in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The average daily run for a long-haul, over-the-road truck driver is nearly 500 miles.
A majority of long-haul, over-the-road truck drivers will drive, on average, 100,000 to 110,000 miles per year.
The trucking companies, warehouses and private sector in the U.S. employs an estimated 8.9 million people employed in trucking-related jobs; nearly 3.5 million were truck drivers. Of this figure UPS employs 60,000 workers and 9% are owner operators. LTL shippers account for around 13.6 percent of America's trucking sector. Drivers with a Class A CDL can make between $35,000 to $50,000 on average a year!!