The Driver Shortage

Truck drivers are the basic unit of transportation capacity and the glue that holds supply chains together. No container or straight truck or trailer moves without, at some point, a truck driver. Even so, trucking companies, especially truckload carriers, often have great difficulty finding, hiring and keeping drivers. Nearly every period of economic growth is accompanied by a driver "shortage," including the recovery that began in 2009.

Is today’s shortage truly a demographic lack of available qualified drivers, or is it a market shortage created by comparatively low pay and unsatisfactory working conditions? How will federal regulations governing licensing, medical testing, safety enforcement and how long drivers may work affect demand and supply? Unless trucking companies, logistics providers and shippers work together to finally resolve trucking’s “driver problem,” transportation and logistics costs will rise substantially, and supply chains will be put at risk.

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10 Reasons for Driver Turnover and What Carriers Can Do About It

 

Special Coverage

Portion of the truck drivers infographic
The number of truck drivers remains below its peak, as driver pay lags U.S. average wages.

News & Analysis

JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index: Three-Year Comparison. Source: JOC.
04 Apr 2014
The JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index rose in March, as trucking hiring picked up after February's frigid weather chilled motor carrier plans to add jobs.
29 Aug 2013
The nation’s largest refrigerated truckload carrier is raising pay for company drivers and owner-operators following a “stronger fiscal performance.”
07 Aug 2013
Schneider National is adding 200 truck drivers in Arizona and opening a facility in Phoenix.
JOC For-Hire Trucking Employment Index. Source: Journal of Commerce analyses, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data
06 Aug 2013
The Journal of Commerce For-Hire Trucking Employment Index rose 0.4 percentage points to a new high of 95.9 in July after declining over the previous two months, as trucking companies added more than 6,000 jobs to meet rising freight demand.
12 Jul 2013
The turnover rate at large and small truckload carriers rose as a result of the improving economy and continued competition for well-trained, professional drivers...

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YRC Worldwide’s new CEO James Welch details the progress of the turnaround efforts for the $5 billion trucking operator. YRC News: