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. It's not like these folks are making horseshoes. Trucking is an absolutely essential, critical industry to the nation, to everybody in it. - Todd Spencer, President, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association 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 —...
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Facing A Critical Shortage Of Drivers, The Trucking Industry Is Changing