driver shortage

Government, Business

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

Truck entering Alabama Getty Images

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
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