driver shortage

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
Business, Top 100

Driver Shortage Has Trucking Companies Looking Abroad

A haulage truck drives along a highway in Budapest, Hungary. A haulage truck drives along a highway in Budapest, Hungary. (Akos Stiller/Bloomberg News)

A shortage of truckers across the U.S. has become so severe that companies are trying to bring in drivers from abroad like seemingly never before.

Ari Hawkins | Bloomberg News
August 2, 2021

Research Could Provide Window Into Driver Shortage

Meera Joshi Meera Joshi by FMCSA MCSAC

The aging trucker workforce and industrywide shortage of drivers present complex issues that could be explored with further research, according to a trucking safety committee.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 20, 2021
Government, Business

UK Has Its Own Truck Driver Shortage

Truck drivers cross a haulage truck parking lot in Dover, U.K.

A shortage of truck drivers, exacerbated by Brexit and COVID, is pushing up delivery costs and leading to empty shelves in stores.

Joe Mayes | Bloomberg News
July 20, 2021
Business, Safety

Driver Shortage Linked to Lifestyle Considerations, Costello Says

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello (top row, center) made his presentation during a virtual Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting July 20. (MCSAC)

The persistent truck driver shortage is a complicated issue that is tied in part to quality-of-life considerations, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 20, 2021