The Driver Shortage

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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Special Coverage

Controversial provisions of truck driver hours-of-service rules suspended by Congress last year are likely to stay suspended until Congress acts, a representative from the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says.

News & Analysis

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.
23 Sep 2015
Truck driver pay is rising higher, shippers are becoming more "driver friendly," but demographics make finding solutions to the shortage of qualified drivers difficult.
21 Sep 2015
A shortage of qualified technicians and mechanics means more trucks could be sidelined in maintenance shops rather than hauling freight, the American Trucking Associations warns.
05 Sep 2015
U.S. trucking employment rose for the fifth straight month in August, but at a slower pace, as the hiring crunch that slowed employment growth across the U.S. economy squeezed the industry.
25 Aug 2015
The American Trucking Associations wants Congress to allow carriers to use hair-follicle testing as an alternative to urinalysis, but labor group oppose the change.
21 Aug 2015
Averitt Express joined the ranks of trucking companies boosting pay and benefits to secure more truck drivers. Despite slower economic growth than a year ago, driver demand remains a key factor in truck pricing.


It's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and shippers need to pitch in. Those that don't become more "driver-centric" in their outlook will face rising costs, and potential penalties under new regulations.


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