Regional & OTR Drivers Wanted
When did it Start?
Does it seem as though we’ve had a truck driver shortage since the diesel engine was invented? Where did all the truck drivers go?
This shortage actually began back in October 1986, which is when the Commercial Drivers License (“CDL” for short) became effective. The CDL program was enacted to prevent drivers from holding several licenses from different states. It also required that drivers be able to read, write, and speak English well enough to communicate with law enforcement officers. The CDL also required a medical certification that prohibits drivers with some medical conditions from operating a commercial motor vehicle.
At about the same time, in November 1986 to be exact, I-9’s became effective. I-9’s were part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which prohibits employers from hiring workers who are not authorized to work in the United States.
These two changes created a real challenge in the trucking industry. Many truckers couldn’t pass the CDL exam, couldn’t pass a medical exam, or couldn’t prove that they were legally authorized to work in the United States. Since then we’ve had a slew of other regulations come into play that also limits the number of available of drivers and the hours they can work:
• FMCSA enacted a Pre-Employment Screening Program that scores drivers based on their driving record
• Sleep apnea and other medical conditions are more closely monitored
• Hours of service limitations means we need more drivers to move the country’s freight
• Career truck drivers are aging out of the system as boomers retire.
Source; HR Virtuoso 4 Innovative Ideas to Recruit Truck Drivers – HR Virtuoso
The trucking industry is in for a difficult time when forecasts showed that the number of truck drivers would be 175,000 short by 2026. This projection by Bob Costello, senior vice-president of the American Trucking Association, is backed by factors such as the current shortages, forecasted demand, and 900,000 truck driver replacements for existing ones leaving the industry and retiring for the next 10 years.
On a different note, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reports around 500,000 trucking accidents every year, and roughly 5,000 of those are fatal. Negligence and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are regarded as the leading causes of truck accidents. According to experts at William R. Rawlings & Associates, because of the complexity of laws regulating commercial trucking and the differences in how liability can be assessed for these types of accidents, people who are faced with the dilemma of being injured in a trucking accident will likely require the services of an experienced truck injury lawyer.
So, how do truck accidents correlate with the driver shortage?
The full report of truck driver shortage has already been disclosed. Learn the factors that could possibly affect the 175,000 driver shortage and 900,000 replacement drivers needed over the next 10 years.
Quitting Truck Drivers
At the first quarter of 2018, truck driver turnover was reported to be 94%, jumping 20% than it was in 2017. Aside from health and accident risks, there are other reasons truck drivers choose to change jobs. Monetary issues, lack of time at home with the family, bad relationships with supervisors, dispatching issues, and other complaints regarding the trucking company policies and equipment are some of the other common problems encountered by truck drivers.
The turnover rate is a measure of truck driver demand. As the economy grows, the demand for goods by consumers will also increase. If no one could deliver these goods to the stores in time, businesses will be affected negatively. Experts also said that “as the demand for freight increases, the demand for truck drivers to move the goods will also rise”. Companies not being able to find qualified truck drivers will ultimately threaten the supply chain.
Truck driving is no joke, considering the risks involved and the difficulty of the task. Truck companies must ensure that their vehicles are safe for travel at all times, and careful assessment of drivers must always be done to confirm that they can do the job safely. Truck drivers must also be extra careful on the road to avoid accidents. Better communication between drivers and employers could also prevent problems that will eventually lead to resignation. Trucking companies should implement new programs that may attract more people to become truck drivers or to stay as truck drivers.
Source; THE Frisky Top Reasons for the Dwindling Number of Truck Drivers (thefrisky.com)
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