driver shortage
Business, Safety, TCA

Truck Driver Shortage Constrains Booming Texas Oil Fields

Driver shortage in Texas oil fields Trucks parked near Pecos, Texas. Thousands of drivers are needed in the Texas oil fields. The driver shortage is pinching the production boom there. (Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg News)

In the busy oil fields south of San Antonio, some big rig trucks sit empty.

Mark Collette | Houston Chronicle
August 31, 2018
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Trucker Shortage Forces Some Restaurants to Buy Local

Tomato salad on a plate Sara Moulton via AP

A labor crunch in the trucking industry is making it more expensive to deliver everything from apples to zucchini. And restaurants of all kinds are turning to local ingredients to avoid surging shipping costs.

Leslie Patton | Bloomberg News
August 28, 2018
Editorial

Editorial: Keeping the Equipment Moving

July orders for new trailers shattered a record that had stood for 24 years. On top of that, sales of Class 8 vehicles during the month topped 20,000, the second-highest total of the year. So while it’s clear there’s going to be a lot of new equipment on the road next year, let’s hope we can find enough drivers to keep all of it moving.

Transport Topics
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Bill Would Let Young Truckers Operate in Interstate Commerce

Highway traffic on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. Highway traffic on Interstate 65 in Shepherdsville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the U.S. Senate Aug. 16.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics

Why the Trucking Shortage Is Costing You

J.B. Hunt truck Earnings jumped 55% at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (TT file photo)

A shortage of truck drivers that has been simmering in the United States for years has reached a full boil, causing anxiety from small factories to the Federal Reserve.

Thomas Black and Eliza Haverstock | Bloomberg News
August 1, 2018
Business, TCA

Michigan Trucking Company Expands Apprenticeship Program

Holland truck on the road Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. — Facing a shortage of truck drivers, one west Michigan transportation company has taken matters into its own hands.

Brian McVicar | The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
July 30, 2018
Business

Fed Beige Book Cites Trucking Woes as Drivers Prove Hard to Find

Trucker reflected in mirror Sam Hodgson/ Bloomberg

American businesses want to keep trucking along, but they’re running into a persistent roadblock: a driver shortage amid high demand for freight services.

Jeanna Smialek | Bloomberg News
July 24, 2018
Business, Logistics

Fed Beige Book Cites Trucking Woes as Drivers Prove Hard to Find

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American businesses want to keep trucking along, but they’re running into a persistent roadblock: a driver shortage amid high demand for freight services.

Jeanna Smialek | Bloomberg News
July 19, 2018
Business, TCA

Pensacola State College to Open Commercial Trucking School

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Florida’s Pensacola State College is starting a commercial truck driver training program for the fall and Santa Rosa County is going to help.

Kevin Boyer | Crestview (Fla.) News Bulletin
July 16, 2018
Government, Business

Soaring Cost of Trucking Threatens to Stoke US Inflation

Trucks on highway MoDOT/Flickr

The tightest trucking market in years is testing the limits of an otherwise well-conditioned U.S. economic expansion. It also is tinder for accelerating inflation should the capacity constraints spark moves by companies to pass on those higher delivery costs.

Vince Golle | Bloomberg News
July 11, 2018

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