driver shortage

Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

WIT Conference Experts Debate Solutions to Turnover, Driver Shortage

CFI's Gretchen Jackson and Lana Batts of Driver iQ Jackson (left), a senior manager for driver recruiting with CFI, and Batts, co-president of Driver iQ, led the discussion on the driver shortage and retention strategies. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

FRISCO, Texas — Reliable pay and a variety of hauling options can help retain drivers and attract new ones amid a thinning workforce, according to two industry experts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2018
Government, Business

Trucking U Introduces Students to Career Opportunities

Trucking U students at MCE College students, who participate in American Trucking Associations' Trucking U program, attend MCE to learn about career opportunities in the industry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — The trucking industry presents more career opportunities for young people than college and high school graduates may realize, university students said here during an educational program held at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
October 30, 2018
Government, Business, Editorial

Editorial: Making Life Easier on the Road

It’s no secret that finding and retaining good truck drivers is a challenge for fleets, but recent reporting has taught us that there are simple options for improving drivers’ quality of life on the road.

Transport Topics
October 11, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Wisconsin to Act on Federal Rule Waiving Permit Tests for Veterans

Army driver behind the wheel U.S. Army

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will act upon the recent federal rule that allows state driver’s licensing agencies to waive the requirement of the commercial learner’s permit for individuals who worked in a military position that required operating a truck within the last year.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Technical Training Schools Aim to Bridge Skills Gap

Skills Gap (Luke Sharett/Bloomberg News)

Finding workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow means attacking the skills gap along a wide front.

Lynn Hulsey | Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
September 24, 2018
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: 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