ATA responds to NYT piece on truck drivers

Excerpt from New York Times opinion pages:

Re: “We’re Throwaway People” (news article, May 23):

We disagree with the premise of this article — that truck driving is “low paying” and “unhealthy” work.

Indeed, trucking is one of the few roads in today’s economy that lead to the middle class without requiring a college degree. For some, being a professional driver is a dream come true. For others, it is a financial lifeline denied by other industries.

What’s certain is that truck driving is a noble profession that provides an essential service to our way of life. If not for our country’s 3.5 million drivers, our economy would come to a grinding halt.

As society grapples with many economic challenges, we must recognize the enormous value that professions like truck driving can deliver, in which a person of modest means can find a sustainable, lifelong career without the burdens of a four-year degree and costly student debt.


The writer is president and chief executive of the American Trucking Associations.

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