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Addressing the Driver Shortage

7/22/2011

Despite worrisome unemployment figures nationwide, the shortage of truck drivers is closing in on 100,000, and some are predicting that by 2012 it could be as severe as half a million.

The turnover rate was a staggering 75 percent for the first quarter of 2011, up from 39 percent a year earlier. American Trucking Associations’ chief economist Bob Costello notes that hiring has become more challenging in the wake of CSA and other stepped-up regulations.

So what to do? A number of companies are investing in innovative recruitment and training programs to attract drivers. What will unfold over the long-term remains to be seen, of course, but proposed hours-of-service changes are certain to complicate matters.

What are your ideas for addressing the driver shortage? We would love to hear from you!

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truck driver shortage , truck drivers , trucking industry