A shortage of available commercial drivers threatens truckload carriers with higher costs, and shippers with much higher rates. What is the driver shortage, and why does one exist when opportunities are plentiful and unemployment is high?
Infographic - The Driver Shortage In Numbers
The romance and freedom of trucking is long gone. The harsh reality is this is still a low paying thankless job that is fast becoming over regulated by government to the point of pushing the remaining good drivers to find employment that doesn't prey into their private life 24/7 or fine workers while doing their job. I certainly believe in strict compliance of commercial vehicles but enforcement has gone from looking for real violators to every local traffic agency using new trucking industry regulations to provide a steady cash flow for their strapped jurisdiction. Drivers are caught in the middle with not only in some cases ridiculous fines to pay but newly mandated federal license score keeping tactics for issues that used to bring no more than a parking violation. These CSA points are now used by insurance companies, state officials, and motor carriers to discipline experienced drivers who in the past had unblemished safety records but now are held accountable for all industry malfunctions no matter whose at fault nor how tribal the violation but because they are the face behind the wheel. I can think of no other workers who are exposed to this type of local, state, government, employer oversight, invasion of privacy, or time away from home who are paid as little as truckers to move America's most valuable goods.
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