A recent survey found that truck routes have been the most common form of commercial transportation in Canada since the mid-1970s.
The survey, carried out by the National Post’s Transportation Scorecard, found that there were over 5,000 trucks in the country, and a whopping 10.3 million registered vehicles.
According to the study, “trucking is a dominant mode of transportation in the Canadian landscape, accounting for over a third of the country’s total population.”
“Trucks are essential to the Canadian economy and to the environment, with a significant impact on our national economies,” the study stated.
“They account for over three-quarters of all truck-borne greenhouse gas emissions.”
The study found that “Canadian trucks are used in more than two-thirds of Canada’s road and bridge construction and repair activities, as well as almost half of the transportation related to the nation’s transportation infrastructure.”
The number of registered trucks was roughly the same in Canada as it was in the U.S., with 8.5 million registered in Canada and the U,S., while the U and Canada each had 2.6 million registered trucks.
The study said the number of truckers increased from 2.4 million in Canada to 4.3.4 billion in Canada between the mid 1970s and 2010.
While the number was the same between the two countries, the study noted that truckers were also more likely to be male than female.
The majority of truck drivers in Canada were men, but a higher proportion of female truckers than male drivers were also found.
“Canada’s male truck drivers are more likely than those in the United States to be men, older and in less skilled positions,” the report stated.
The authors of the study said that the “trucks, bridges and roads of Canada are often considered to be an important transportation infrastructure, and as such, the number and types of vehicles used are also important in their maintenance and repair.”
“Canada has long had a proud and growing fleet of trucks, with the country accounting for nearly 50% of the world’s truck fleet in 2012,” the researchers stated.