driver shortage

Business, Safety, Logistics

Driver Shortage Is Over Temporarily

ODFL driver Old Dominion Freight Line

The often discussed driver shortage is over — at least for the time being — as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deepening U.S. recession and a falloff in the amount of freight being hauled by many sectors of trucking, industry experts said.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 28, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

US Senate Bill to Allow Interstate Truckers Under 21 Touted at Hearing

Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said lowering the interstate driving age requirement could help the industry tackle its shortage of truck drivers. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — A bill that would pave the way for commercial drivers younger than 21 to drive trucks across state lines received a resounding endorsement from an organization that represents freight industry interests nationwide during a Feb. 4 Senate hearing.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 4, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Support Women in Trucking

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) by Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

Lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would support women in the trucking industry.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

ATA Chairman Barry Pottle Says Trucking Industry Must Attract Workers at Younger Ages

American Trucking Associations Chairman Barry Pottle Barry Pottle speaks at McLeod Software's 2019 user conference. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

DENVER — Barry Pottle, the chairman of American Trucking Associations, said enhancing the industry’s public image and expanding its appeal to younger workers will be key to attracting the next generation of drivers and technicians.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 29, 2019
Government, Business

ATA: Trucking Industry Was Short More Than 60,000 Drivers in Meeting Demand at End of 2018

Associated Press

The U.S. trucker shortage swelled by more than 10,000 to 60,800 in 2018 from a year earlier and is expected to more than double to 160,000 over the next decade, according to new numbers released by American Trucking Associations.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 24, 2019

3 Ways to Manage the Driver Shortage

3 Ways to Manage the Driver Shortage

In this whitepaper, we provide actionable insights into how you can expand your driver recruitment pool, shorten the onboarding process to ensure your drivers make it to orientation, and identify and retain your best drivers for years to come.

July 6, 2019
Government, Business

Data Shows There Are More Truckers Than Ever, but Experts Say the Driver Shortage Is Still an Issue

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello at the 2018 Management Conference & Exhibition conference. Costello says there aren't enough truckers to keep up with demand. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

While U.S. Census Bureau data shows the number of truckers at an all-time high, industry experts contend a driver shortage remains an issue.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety

Mississippi Fleet Preps Young Drivers for Road Ahead

Total Transportation of Mississippi truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

John Stomps, CEO and founder of Total Transportation of Mississippi, said the need for drivers caused him to look into a new strategy in January 2018 — one that involves training those between the ages of 18 and 20 to haul freight interstate.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
May 24, 2019
Government, Business

Is There a Truck Driver Shortage or Not? ATA Says Research Paper Made ‘Critical Errors’

A truck as seen in a side-view mirror on the Mississippi River Bridge on I-70 in St. Louis, Missouri. A truck as seen in a side-view mirror on a bridge over the Mississippi River on I-70 in St. Louis, Mo. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The chief economist for American Trucking Associations has criticized a research paper written by a university professor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics official that questioned the severity of the truck driver shortage decried by many in the industry.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 28, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Colorado Driver Shortage Presents Opportunity for Immigrants

David Goldman/Associated Press

The United States and Colorado are facing a truck driver shortage, a daunting economic prospect as the vast majority of goods in the country are transported over the road.

Jackson Barnett | The Denver Post
March 25, 2019