driver shortage

Government, Business

House Lawmakers Introduce Trucking Workforce Bill

driver training Student drivers practice at Carolina CDL Training Center in Candler, N.C. (Carolina CDL Training Center)

Legislation aimed at incentivizing individuals to join the trucking workforce was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
April 5, 2022
Government, Business

Labor Department Partners With ATA on Apprenticeship Program

ATA-Labor signing Walsh and Buttigieg (head of table) with Department of Labor officials and ATA industry executives, including Spear and Sumerford (lower right corner) at the signing. (SunJae Smith/American Trucking Associations)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has partnered with American Trucking Associations for an apprenticeship program that could play a significant role in easing the industry’s driver shortage, and presents motor carriers with an opportunity to directly work with and train new entrants to boost their driving ranks.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 1, 2022
Government, Business

Workforce Boards Offer Funds for Driver Training

Driver and trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. (Roadmaster Drivers School)

A pair of Oregon trucking executives are on a mission to encourage motor carriers to follow their lead and join obscure local entities called workforce boards, which over the years have quietly distributed millions of dollars to train an array of skilled and unskilled workers, including truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 24, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

Government Aims to Streamline CDL Process

CDL classroom Students at C1 Truck Driver Training attend classroom instruction. (C1 Truck Driver Training via YouTube)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration amended its regulatory guidance to clarify that federal statutes and regulations do not prohibit third-party testers from administering commercial driver license learner permit knowledge tests.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 3, 2022
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

Under-21 Driver Pilot Program Raises Carrier Reporting Concerns

young driver bluecinema/Getty Images

While trucking industry trade groups have expressed support for a federal apprenticeship program that will train under-21 drivers to operate tractor-trailers across state lines, concerns are being raised that some of the initiative’s reporting requirements for motor carriers are overly burdensome.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 25, 2022
Business, Logistics

Fleets Find That Raising Pay Doesn’t Solve Driver Shortage

Markit Express truck at loading dock Mark-It Express noticed an uptick in applicants after raising driver pay last August. (Dennis Jourdan Photography/Mark-It Express)

The flurry of fleets that raised pay early in 2021 to recruit and retain truck drivers amid labor shortages snowballed into a widespread industry trend. However, for many fleets, it’s not necessarily bringing in the expected results.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
January 10, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Truck Driver Shortage Looms Over 2022

Driver John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Trucking is likely to continue to see a shortage of professional drivers with the underlying causes showing no signs of stopping in 2022.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 27, 2021

Virginia Partnership Aims to Recruit, Train Drivers in the State

VA Ready CEO Caren Merrick "VA Ready’s mission is to help Virginians gain skills and help employers find the skilled talent they need," says VA Ready CEO Caren Merrick. (VA Ready via YouTube)

The Virginia Trucking Association is partnering with a public-private partnership on an initiative to recruit and train drivers for trucking jobs in the state.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
December 21, 2021
Government, Business

White House Unveils Plan to Recruit Truck Drivers

A military truck driver One key emphasis of the Biden-Harris Trucking Action Plan is encouraging veterans to consider trucking as a post-military career. (Lance Cpl. Tristen L. Krause/U.S. Marine Corps)

The Biden administration is launching a multifaceted program in partnership with industry that aims to expand recruiting efforts in trucking through various efforts, and elevate the appeal of what one senior administration official described as “well-paying, solid careers.”

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 16, 2021
Business, Safety, Logistics

As Storms Start, States Struggle to Hire Snowplow Drivers

As Storms Start, States Struggle to Hire Snowplow Drivers Washington Dept. of Transportation snow plows work on a stretch of eastbound Interstate Highway 90 on Dec. 9, as snow falls near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

More U.S. drivers could find themselves stuck on snowy highways or have their travel delayed this winter due to a shortage of snowplow drivers — a reality that could hit home as winter storms start dumping snow from the Intermountain West to the Upper Great Lakes.

Amy Beth Hanson | Associated Press
December 10, 2021