Facing A Critical Shortage Of Drivers, The Trucking Industry Is Changing

It’s never been harder to hire long-haul truck drivers, even though companies are making the job more lucrative, less aggravating and more inclusive.

The driver shortage stretches back a quarter century, and lately a run up in freight demand, staggering high turnover rates, and waves of baby boomer retirements are compounding the problem.

The American Trucking Associations figures companies need about 60,000 drivers, a number that could top 100,000 in just a few years.

Trucks move almost all the food and other items Americans purchase — the shortage of drivers is driving up shipping rates.

“It’s not like these folks are making horseshoes,” says Todd Spencer, President of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. “Trucking is an absolutely essential, critical industry to the nation, to everybody in…

Original published: 2019-02-11 06:01:50 Read the full New York City News here

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