James F. Mahoney, Attorney
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The Cost of Operating One Truck for One Mile or One Hour

There are significant cost fluctuations by industry sector, with specialized hauling
having the highest total marginal CPM

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The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has studied the full marginal cost of operating a truck one mile or one hour and reveals some surprising costs for you to factor into pricing.

Total marginal costs for the industry were $1.73 per mile and $83.68 per hour. Marginal costs (as opposed to fixed costs) were divided into vehicle- and driver-based costs. The base year of the study was 2008, which, relative to today, had equally high fuel costs.

Top costs for carriers were fuel, driver compensation and equipment lease or purchase payments. Surprisingly, basic liability insurance alone accounted for six cents per mile. ATRI captured additional costs and concluded that there are significant cost fluctuations by industry sector, with specialized hauling having the highest total marginal CPM, followed by the LTL and then TL sectors.

To read the full report, visit the ATRI website.