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
Business, Safety

Putting the Brakes on Rising Insurance Costs

Fleet owners and operators are faced with a convergence of business challenges that have forced some operations to close. Tight shipping rates, increased insurance premiums, and continued driver shortages are pressuring businesses to reconsider long held operational beliefs in order to stay profitable.   In these challenging times, how do commercial fleets create a model of operational excellence that reduces risk and protects their profitability?

March 26, 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

How to Hire More Drivers By Training Recruiter in Sales

As the industry-wide [quality] driver shortage continues to loom large, attracting, hiring, and retaining drivers has become incredibly important, and much of this responsibility rests on the shoulders of CDL driver recruiters. Understanding the parallel between recruiting and sales is a critical step. With drivers considered as ‘leads’ in a ‘sales funnel’, recruiters can nurture these contacts, create lasting relationships, and be successful in today’s challenging environment.

December 12, 2019
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