driver shortage

Business, Logistics

Driver Pay, Bonuses Rise as Carriers Seek Scarce Truckers

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Truck driver pay and compensation increased through 2017 and into the first quarter as carrier demand for qualified drivers to carry freight nationwide kept rising, according to two new reports.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2018

MATS Draws Drivers and Recruiters in Hot Freight Market

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vendors selling everything a truck driver could want filled the West Wing of the Mid-America Trucking Show like an industrial-grade flea market. Alongside them, fleet recruiters angled from their booths to chat with drivers who strolled the crowded aisles.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Higher Trucking Costs Eat Into General Mills' Profit

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Three months ago, General Mills executives believed the company was on the verge of simultaneous sales and profit growth for the first time in years. Instead, higher trucking and other costs suddenly ate into profit.

Evan Ramstad | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
March 22, 2018
Government, Business

House Bill Would Allow Interstate Trucking for 18- to 21-Year-Olds

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A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to people between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the House of Representatives March 21.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018

Firms Encouraged to More Actively Recruit Women for Technician Jobs

George Arrants, Automotive Education Consultant (Joseph Terry/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — When women demonstrate a talent for technical and mechanical jobs, they should be encouraged to pursue careers in the industry, experts at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting said March 6.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 8, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

TMC Explores Deployment of Automated Trucks

Fred Andersky, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Industry experts explored a variety of approaches for developing and deploying autonomous trucks and examined the evolving regulatory framework for this technology here at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 8, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Spear: Trucking to Play Key Role in Autonomous Policy

Chris Spear Spear by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — New federal guidance on automated cars and trucks to be unveiled this year will include the input from the trucking industry, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 5, 2018
Government, Business

ATA’s Bob Costello Says Driver Shortage Will Press Fleets

Costello John Sommers II for Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The freight market is booming, but carriers — and the trucking industry as a whole — will suffer unless companies can find enough drivers, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 22, 2018

Carriers Try Creative Compensation Programs to Bring in New Drivers

Boyd Bros. Truck TT File Photo

The driver shortage appears to be getting worse, with fleets launching new and enhanced compensation programs. These include Boyd Bros. Transportation trying a weekly salary, a sizzling $50,000 team bonus program from U.S. Xpress Enterprises, and a host of other deals to recruit and retain qualified drivers.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2018
Business, Logistics

Analysis: The US Is Running Out of Truckers

Mack Trucks

Without enough trucks and drivers on the road, some combination of things is going to happen: Shipments will be delayed, and producers will have to pay higher prices to get goods to market.

Conor Sen | Bloomberg News
February 9, 2018