Fleets Need to Adjust Training, Hours to Handle Aging Trucking Workforce

Trucking industry officials and employment experts said fleets can maximize the contributions from an aging workforce through specialized training and altering certain job tasks and hours.

January 30, 2012
Letters to the Editor, Business

Letters: Highway Terrorists, Healthy Drivers

I’ve driven some “oversize” equipment myself within the past three years, and while not necessarily as “monstrous” as what the letter writer is probably moving most of the time, the 11-foot-wide unescorted mobile cranes and/or 14.3-foot double-decker buses are still considered oversize.

November 7, 2011

Driver Shortage Getting Worse as Freight Grows, Officials Say

Trucking’s driver shortage is getting worse, as freight demand grows modestly and the qualified driver corps dwindles, a trend that’s making drivers more desirable than equipment, industry officials said.

November 7, 2011
Opinion, Business

Opinion: Creating Future Truck Drivers

Trucking today faces one of the worst driver shortages ever, a situation experts say will only get worse, while at the same time, national unemployment recently topped 15%.

September 29, 2011

WalMart Transportation’s Rickey Oliver Named ATA’s Driver of the Year

Rickey Oliver, a Mississippi-based truck driver for WalMart Transportation, was named American Trucking Associations’ 2011 National Truck Driver of the Year.

Transport Topics
September 28, 2011

Truckload Driver Turnover Jumps

Driver turnover at larger truckload fleets reached the highest level in nearly three years during the first quarter as higher pay, aggressive recruiting and increased freight demand prompted drivers to find new positions, according to American Trucking Associations.

June 27, 2011

Pressure Builds to Raise Pay for Drivers as Demand Grows

As drivers and hauling capacity become scarcer, pressure is building for pay increases for truckload fleet drivers that could top 10% by this time next year, according to several experts.

June 13, 2011
Letters to the Editor, Business

Letters: Fast-Thinking Trucker, Simple Manners, TSA Fees & Red Tape

Building a culture of safety and respect will raise the bar for all of your employees, both labor and management. You’ll be surprised when employees you’ve already written off come to you for help rising above their own failures because they want to better themselves.

May 23, 2011

Driver Turnover Rises, Showing Stronger Economy, ATA Says

Driver turnover rose sharply in last year’s fourth quarter as carriers boosted payrolls, indicating stronger economic recovery, American Trucking Associations said Thursday.

Transport Topics
April 14, 2011

Fleets Boost Retention Efforts as Drivers Shop for Better Pay

Fleets’ driver retention and recruitment moves are accelerating as pay increases proliferate and drivers begin to chase better-paying jobs, industry officials said.

April 4, 2011