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

Truckload carrier U.S. Xpress is offering a big pay hike to accident- and ticket-free solo truck drivers, a route other trucking companies may choose in 2016.

News & Analysis

08 Dec 2016
Truck driver pay is beginning to rise as truckload freight demand picks up.
21 Oct 2015
Historically plentiful Mexican truck capacity could tighten thanks in large part to a cross-border exchange rate that’s been driving up the price of equipment for smaller Mexican carriers, industry executives warn
20 Oct 2015
Trucking executives fear the potential return of 2013 hours of service regulations suspended by Congress last December, a survey by the American Transportation Research Institute shows.
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13 Oct 2015
The economy may be growing at a slower pace than a year ago, but the demand for qualified, experienced truck drivers is pushing up driver turnover at large truckload fleets, the American Trucking Associations says.
06 Oct 2015
The shortage of truck drivers has expanded by 10,000 since last year, and is on track to quadruple to 175,000 by 2024, according to a report released Tuesday.
28 Sep 2015
Adding another year to an apprenticeship program for truck drivers will help both Werner Enterprises and military veterans. The truckload carrier sees a need for more apprenticeships to boost the pool of younger, experienced drivers.

Commentary

The evidence is overwhelming that the younger the driver, the greater the risk of road accidents and fatalities.