Truck Driver Shortage still biggest headache for operators

Annual report out of the U.S. finds driver shortage not going away

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We recently launched our own truck owner/operator online survey, if you haven’t completed it please do so (link here), one of the questions in the survey revolves around recruiting truck drivers.

It asks just how difficult it is finding quality candidates to safely and efficiently steer your machines around.

While we haven’t officially revealed the results, we can say we haven’t been surprised by the rate at which owners have been saying it’s tough, real tough.

As we’ve been reporting for some time now, a shortage of skilled, professional and enthusiastic truck drivers is an issue facing road transport in most developed nations, Australia included.

The U.S. is at the coalface of the issue too and now the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has again found that the driver shortage is the most pressing issue the industry is facing.

The not-for-profit research institute has unveiled its Top Industry Issues report that is based on the feedback of more than 1,500 motor carriers and commercial drivers.

It was the truck driver shortage coming out on top for the second year in a row.

The issue isn’t a new one, the report has been published each year for 14 years and the driver shortage has been a top three issue for 12 of those years.

The number two issue was found to relate to new sleeper berth provisions that affected Hours-of-Service rules, that was ahead of another ongoing issue – Driver Retention.

2018 ATRI Top Ten Most Critical Issues Facing Trucking:

  1. Driver Shortage
  2. Hours of Service Rules
  3. Driver Retention
  4. Electronic Logging Devices
  5. Truck Parking
  6. Compliance, Safety and Accountability
  7. Distracted Drivers
  8. Transportation Infrastructure
  9. Driver Health and Wellness
  10. The Economy

What are your thoughts on the driver shortage? Let us know how the issue can be overcome in the comments section below, and again, if you haven’t done so already, please complete our survey here.

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About Joel Helmes 1676 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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