driver shortage

Business, Editorial

Editorial: Help Wanted

Recruiting good commercial drivers can often feel like an uphill battle for many trucking companies, and the hill could get even steeper in the year ahead.

November 30, 2017
Business, Technology

Communication Helps With Driver Hiring, Retention

Recruitment David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Finding and retaining qualified drivers can be a difficult and time-consuming task, but there are some human resources firms offering alternatives to old-fashioned interviews to get them on the road.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2017

Contract Rates Going Up in 2018 as Carriers Gain Strength

Trucks in Iowa TT File Photo

A confluence of historic trends and external events are impacting 2018 contract rate discussions that traditionally begin this time of year among carriers, shippers, logistics houses and consultants.

Burney Simpson and Ari Ashe | Staff Reporters
November 9, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

Oil Company Beefs Up Infrastructure to Get Trucks Off Crowded Roads

Noble Energy Noble Energy

For many drillers in the remote Delaware Basin, a section of the broader Permian Basin that stretches across West Texas and New Mexico, the only way to get crude from the fringes of oil boom towns to global markets is to dispatch fleets of trucks to scattered wells, from where they haul oil and water to terminals and various other collection points.

Collin Eaton | Houston Chronicle
August 14, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Unchecked Driver Shortage in Ohio Could Harm Economy, Warns State Trucking Industry, Officials

Student Drivers John Sommers II for TT

Ohio state Rep. John Boccieri met with local and regional leaders from the trucking industry to discuss a growing problem for freight haulers: a lack of qualified workers.

Graig Graziosi | Youngstown (Ohio) Vindicator
August 11, 2017

ATRI Produces First Findings for Younger Driver Assessment Tool

driver Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The American Transportation Research Institute has released preliminary findings on a tool assessing whether young people’s characteristics could indicate if they would make good truck drivers.

August 9, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics

ATA's Bob Costello: Forecasting the Shifting Business Climate

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello talks with TT's Daniel Bearth about the shifting business climate for trucking, part of our July 12 LiveOnWeb program on the 2017 Top 100 For-Hire Carrier rankings. (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

July 13, 2017

S.C. Truck Driver Shortages Push Companies to Seek Younger Candidates

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Truck drivers are an aging population in South Carolina. Nearly half of commercial licensees are more than 52 years old and most of the state’s trucking companies have driver shortages — right now.

Roddie Burris | The State (Columbia, S.C.)
December 12, 2016

Lifestyle Benefits Lure Some to Lower-Paying Jobs Driving Buses Instead of Trucks

The appeal of sleeping at home every night is why, despite higher wages for truck drivers, some choose to drive rapid transit buses.

David Weissman | The York (Pa.) Dispatch
April 8, 2016

'Without Trucks, Man, We're Doomed'

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The reality of life along the interstate is a leading reason for a growing shortage of long-haul truck drivers, even as trucking firms maintain near-continual recruitment campaigns and offer lucrative incentives to attract and retain drivers.

John Cropley | The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, N.Y.)
March 28, 2016