By Chris Kane
Chief Customer Strategy Officer
Kane Is Able Inc.
This Opinion piece appears in the Dec. 6 print edition of Transport Topics. Click here to subscribe today.
Drive safer. Pollute less. Maintain capacity. Articles on these and other industry pressures — particularly dire predictions of a driver shortage — fill the pages of transportation industry publications. But I believe there is no looming capacity shortage and there are plenty of truck drivers, even after we lose more than 200,000 drivers through CSA, as some experts predict.
The problem is not capacity or manpower or the number of tractor trailers or how much weight they’re allowed to carry. The problem is that trucks across America are driving around half empty. Why? Because the small and midsized companies that account for a huge portion of shipments lack the scale to ship in full truckloads.