Whether you’re looking to change jobs or unemployed and looking for a job, word is that there is a driver shortage in America by 150,000 drivers!
This statistic begs the question, “why?”
The answer to that question is varied, but the most common one is that older drivers are retiring, making room for new truckers. The average age of a commercial trucker is 48, with 21 percent of drivers between the age of 55 to 65.
Ford Boswell, spokesman for the Alabama Trucking Association states that “as baby boomers retire, the younger generation is not as enticed to being in a truck so much and away from the comforts of home. But we’re trying to show the industry in a better light and one where you can have a wonderful career.”
Ask a trucker and they’ll tell you how new regulations play a factor in the driver shortage. On July 1, 2013, HOS passed new requirements limiting the time a driver can spend on the road. Less drive time equals less income. And let’s face it, carriers don’t always deliver on the promises they make.
Another issue facing truckers is scrutiny by the carriers’ safety departments. The trucking industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries, and carriers often bypass a driver who’s had just one recent accident (even if it is not their fault). All they consider is whatever’s reported on your MVR and DAC report.
Truck drivers are in demand and the industry is projected to grow in the next few years. So, truckers, tell us why you think there’s a driver shortage.
And If you haven’t already, feel free to check out our free trucking job board