Batts: Driver Pay Must Rise

Batts: Driver Pay Must Rise

Where should higher truck rates go? Lana Batts says they should go straight to driver paychecks.

Trucking companies will face increasing difficulty finding qualified, experienced drivers “unless we can get our driver wage rates up,” Batts said.

As truckload rates climb, “the first thing companies are going to do is raise driver pay,” she said.

So how much should drivers be paid? “I believe it ought to be around $75,000 to $80,000 a year to make up for the lifestyle we put on them,” Batts said. “If you look at what we were paying in 1980 and what we’re paying now, it’s clear that the benefits of deregulation came out of the driver’s pocket.”