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ATA Mid-Year Attendees Optimistic About Trucking

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SAN ANTONIO — During one of the first in-person industry events to be held as the country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, trucking executives attending American Trucking Associations’ Mid-Year Management Session expressed optimism about opportunities that await motor carriers — and the nation overall — as life for Americans returns to normal.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 20, 2021
Business, TCA

Shortage of Truck Drivers Concerns California Ag Producers

A forklift moves pallets of yellow sweet corn into a refrigerated truck. A forklift moves pallets of yellow sweet corn into a refrigerated truck. (Mark Elias/Bloomberg News)

A worsening shortage of truck drivers is raising concerns among California farmers that, unless a solution emerges soon, there might not be enough hauling capacity to bring this year’s harvest to market.

John Cox | The Bakersfield Californian
May 4, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Workflow Software Could Be Part of Solution to Truck Driver Shortage

Maven Machines CEO Avi Geller “It’s expensive to hire a driver, so if you can avoid the need to do so that pays dividends,” Maven Machines founder and CEO Avi Geller says. (Pittsburgh Technology Council via YouTube)

Trucking has been facing a driver shortage problem for quite some time, but workflow software could be part of the solution.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 18, 2021
Business, Safety, Logistics

Driver Shortage Is Over Temporarily

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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

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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

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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