Shortage of Truck Drivers Continues


Within the last decade, the face of transportation has been changing. Right after the tragic events of 9/11 the TSA and other government agencies created more stringent regulations for air cargo. More and more cargo shipments were relegated to ground transportation, increasing the amount of cargo that had to be moved across our nations highways. Regardless of the amount of trucks and trucker availability, the transportation industry got flooded with an excess of shipments. Companies and drivers continued to take unsafe loads with no regard for the safety of themselves, others, and the roads.

In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) developed a program called CSA 2010 BASICS to make not only the industry but the roads safer for our drivers. The additional BASICS rules were blamed with more drivers leaving the industry. There seemed to be less and less trucks available for transportation logistics providers and industry insiders to broker a load.

With changing hours, load types and sizes, many drivers are changing industries or retiring, Yahoo Finance reported their latest take on the continued shortage of trucks on the road, Read the article here.

Other articles on this topic include:

Help Wanted: Jobs in Trucking Go Unfilled - Labor Shortage in Shipping Industry Reflects a Skills and Goals Gap (Wall Street Journal)

Driver Shortage in Trucking: Time for Plan B (Talking Logistics)