driver shortage

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
Business, Logistics, TCA

Freight Demand Causing ‘Perfect Storm’ for Ohio Trucking Industry


A stronger economy has helped area shipping and logistics companies grow and increased freight prices and the number of orders for new trucks, a local business owner says.

Thomas Gnau | Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)
January 16, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA

Michigan Trucking Companies Struggle to Find Drivers

Teddy's Transport

In a day and age where nearly every product customers purchase is transported by a semi-truck, trucking companies are struggling to find qualified drivers to fill open positions.

Austin Metz | Holland (Mich) Sentinel
January 11, 2018

Fleets Seek Drivers as Turnover Rate Hits 95%

Truck driver on Interstate 90 Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune via TCA

Driver turnover at large truckload fleets rose 5% in the third quarter to a 95% annualized rate, the highest churn since the end of 2015, according to American Trucking Associations.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
December 7, 2017
Government, Business

Lawmaker Debuts Bill for Pilot Project to Allow Underage Truck Drivers to Cross State Lines

A New York congresswoman has introduced legislation that would expand a pilot program that allows individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 without military experience to drive in interstate commerce if they possess a commercial driver license, clean driving record and appropriate Department of Transportation training certification.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 1, 2017
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.

Transport Topics
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