driver shortage


Trucking Industry Now Short 80,000 Drivers

A professional truck driver The driver shortage is most severe in the longhaul sector. (DuxX/Getty Images)

The trucking industry is now short at least 80,000 drivers, according to ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, who on Oct. 20 raised the estimate of drivers needed from 61,500 in his annual findings.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 20, 2021
Government, Business

Britain’s Own Truck Drivers Are Mainly Responsible for Shortage, Statistics Show

UK roads Trucks on the Dartford crossing bridge near Dartford, U.K. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

The shortfall in U.K. truck drivers that’s causing widespread shortages of goods is caused mainly by British workers leaving the industry rather than foreigners unable to join.

October 13, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

UK Military Begins Fuel Delivery Amid Driver Shortage

British military British army personnel at the BP Plc fuel terminal in Hemel Hempstead, U.K., on Oct. 4. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

LONDON — British military personnel have begun delivering fuel to gas stations after a shortage of truck drivers disrupted supplies for more than a week, leading to long lines at the pumps as anxious drivers scrambled to fill their tanks.

October 4, 2021
Technology, Safety

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October 1, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Soldiers Will Haul Fuel to Ease UK Crisis

A driver fills a car with fuel at a petrol station in London A driver fills a car with fuel at a petrol station in London Sept. 29. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press)

LONDON — The British government’s reserve tanker fleet was being deployed Sept. 29 to help deliver gasoline to empty pumps across the U.K., and military drivers will begin operating tankers in the coming days to ease the country’s fuel supply crisis, a top official said.

Sylvia Hui | Associated Press
September 29, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Why and How the UK Is Experiencing a Fuel Crisis

Closed fuel pumps at a petrol station in London Closed fuel pumps at a petrol station in London on Sept. 28. (Frank Augstein/Associated Press)

LONDON — Long lines are snaking down streets across the U.K. as drivers struggle to fill up their cars, causing widespread traffic misery and worries over whether emergency services can do their work.

Pan Pylas | Associated Press
September 28, 2021
Government, Business

UK Scrambles for Truckers Amid Supply Woes

London driving school Instructor Graham Bolger directs student driver Cadhene Lubin-Hewitt as he reverses at the National Driving Centre in Croydon, south London. (Matt Dunham/AP)

The U.K. is short tens of thousands of drivers, as factors including Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic converge to create a supply chain crunch.

Jill Lawless | Associated Press
September 24, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Driver Positive Drug Tests Up Nearly 13% Through August

Marijuana and a joint Positive marijuana tests account for more than 53% of the total number of the 14 different drug panels tested since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse opened Jan. 6, 2020. (Getty Images)

The number of positive driver drug tests through August increased by nearly 13%, when compared with a year ago, according to a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse summary report.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2021

Truck Driver Shortage Sets U.K. on Path for Food Chaos

A woman wearing a face mask near empty fruit and veg shelves in Cardiff, Wales A woman wearing a face mask near empty fruit and vegetable shelves in a grocery store in Cardiff, Wales. (Matthew Horwood/Getty Images via Associated Press)

The United Kingdom is running out of time to find more truck drivers before isolated incidents at supermarkets and fast-food chains erupt into a deeper crisis that leaves businesses crippled by delivery delays and shortages.

August 29, 2021
Business, Logistics

The Search for Drivers and the Fight to Keep Them

Old Dominion Freight Line driver Old Dominion Freight Line reaches out to commercial driver license training schools and also to high schools to cultivate its pool of drivers. (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Although career opportunities in trucking are abundant, the driver shortage has been a thorn in the industry’s side for years, and it has only become more severe as freight demand has surged amid the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
August 20, 2021