Driver shortage: Countdown to a capacity crunch, and a boost in rates?

| August 29, 2013

 Driver Raise Clock

Help-wanted ads in local newspapers are dominated by the 800- numbers of trucking companies looking for CDL holders. On the Internet, anyone who visits a few trucking-related pages soon will find banner ads by driver-desperate carriers appearing next to a favorite cat video. The quarterly earnings reports of publicly traded trucking companies caution investors about the high cost and potential dangers of the growing driver shortage.

Yet many company drivers and owner-operators are skeptical, having heard carriers crying wolf about a driver shortage for years. They want hard proof – higher pay – that would validate claims of high demand for drivers amid low supply. By some analyses, a substantial industry-wide pay raise is imminent, but that’s hardly certain.

The American Trucking Associations, assuming a current shortage of more than 20,000 truck drivers compared to available jobs, projects the gap to grow annually over the next 10 years.

The American Trucking Associations, assuming a current shortage of more than 20,000 truck drivers compared to available jobs, projects the gap to grow annually over the next 10 years.

Where pay's up 63 percent in a decadeThough pay in some trucking niches has jumped strongly, it has been flat for trucking as a whole. Since 2003, wages for the entire for-hire trucking industry grew 32 percent, slightly less than the entire private work force, at 34 percent.

 Some factors that could lead to a more severe driver shortage – and a resulting pay hike – are simple enough:
**A large number of long-time drivers are approaching retirement age.
**New regulations – notably the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program – have pushed many drivers out of the industry, either involuntarily or in disgust.
**Productivity losses due to the new hours of service regulations mean more drivers are required to deliver the same amount of freight.
**Many fleets have been cautious about rebuilding their capacity since the recession, due to the sporadic recovery, and would be hard-pressed to quickly add trucks and drivers should demand spike.

One possible explanation is that the wage data does not count extra payments, such as hiring bonuses and increases in accessorial charges, says economist Noel Perry, managing director and senior consultant at FTR Consulting Group.

Indeed, nearly half of carriers are offering sign-on bonuses, compared to only 12 percent two years ago, consultant Gordon Klemp told trucking fleet executives during the 2013 CCJ Spring Symposium. Bonuses range from $250 to $5,000 for solo drivers and $2,000 to as much as $15,000 for teams, said Klemp, principal with the National Transportation Institute.

“Recruiters say bonuses are here for the foreseeable future,” he said.

Click through the image for a larger version of the table, showing truck driving job availability and wages movement, The number of jobs in long-haul trucking basically has been flat for the past decade, though with some substantial losses during the recession. Since its December 2006 peak, truckload employment has dropped 8.6 percent. Wages rose by a third over the decade, mirroring private sector wage growth. Trucking generally has fared better than manufacturing and construction in job growth and wages.

Click through the image for a larger version of the table, based on government data, showing truck driving job availability and wages movement. The number of jobs in long-haul trucking basically has been flat for the past decade, though with some substantial losses during the recession. Since its December 2006 peak, truckload employment has dropped 8.6 percent. Wages rose by a third over the decade, mirroring private sector wage growth. Trucking generally has fared better than manufacturing and construction in job growth and wages.

Also boosting productivity, Perry says, “Drivers are getting a lot of miles, so their W-2s are going up even though their per-mile wage is not. So that’s keeping them happy.”

Nevertheless, considering the demand for labor, “The fleets have been underpaying the drivers,” he says. “If this hits the fan in the next year, the industry will have to radically change its behavior.”

Many owner-operators appear to have fared better than company drivers in recent years, thanks to the entrepreneurial nature of their business and the timing of the economic rebound.

“Generally, owner-operators and smaller operators are among the first to experience either upturns or downturns in the economy,” says Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Owner-operators likewise are seeing somewhat larger paychecks, said Matt Amen of owner-operator financial services provider ATBS during the Great West Truck Show in June. This is evidenced by averages of thousands of ATBS’ owner-operator clients. During 2012, ATBS clients saw net income rise 8.6 percent to almost $52,000, Amen said during an Overdrive Partners in Business presentation at the Great West Truck Show in June.

Those owner-operators drove 2,500 fewer miles on average than they did in 2011, but higher rates made up the difference. The segment with the biggest gain was true independents running under their own authority, whose average net income rose $5,813 to $55,994.

One reason for the lower miles is a major trend of recent years – the shortening in average length of haul Overdrive reported on in July– and it will continue, Amen said. “We’re going to see more regionalization of freight, and truck drivers are going to be staying closer to home.”

Even though many owner-operators have profited from the economic upswing, that alone doesn’t prove there is a driver shortage, by Spencer’s reasoning. “A tight driver market would mean better pay, better rates, better service in the loading and unloading environment,” he says. “It would include things that would encourage retention and recognize years of safe driving. If we had a tight driver market, you would see those things.”

Instead, he says, “There’s sort of a myth that floats around that because companies buy more trucks than they have drivers for, then they have a driver shortage. That’s not a shortage. When a third or more shippers say they’re having a hard time finding trucks, then we have a shortage.”

But Perry sees carriers’ “capacity buffer” already exhausted, so any boost in freight demand or additional regulations that cramp productivity will throw the market into “a really critical situation,” including sporadic supply chain failures, he suggests. “Maybe the industry has been crying wolf about hours of service, but I don’t think so,” he adds, estimating a 40-50 percent probability “that there will be a crisis.”

His current truck/driver shortage number is 200,000. While there might not be enough freight to support all those trucks, it does indicate shippers no longer can expect to find multiple carriers waiting at the dock, hoping for a load. At some point, shortages – and delays – are likely to emerge, compelling shippers “to compete aggressively for capacity increases,” Perry said.

 

Find Part 2 in this series, “Many are called, fewer are chosen,” via this link.

  • Guest

    What SHORTAGE? We have a FLOOD of mexican truck drivers thruout Calif and Arizona…Thousands upon thousands..they FILL every truckstop and every shipper and receiver…what shortage of capacity? Some of thesemexican carriers and drivers may be Visa Holders and maybe SOME might be illegal aliens??? What Shortage????

  • Guest

    If there is EVER a “shortage” of LOW Wage truckers..companies will Encourage the use of the11 Million illegal aliens that Obama says Live in AMERICA today.
    Companies will NOT be raising PAY any time soon we can all bet on THAT….they are resourceful and will simply use Foreigners….why not?? Cheaper!!
    They are doing that TODAY….as we see nearly every truck in Fontana, Banning, Los Angeles is driven by a mexican…nobody knows WHO they really are as they use fake credentials and fake names.
    Mega Fleets will continue to cry “shortage of drivers” so they will QUALIFY for the H2b Visa Program..and sponser MILLIONS of Foreign drivers…..

  • http://www.truckingtruth.com/ Brett Aquila

    “Since 2003, wages for the entire for-hire trucking industry grew 32 percent”

    Really??? 32%??? Where did that number come from? It would be nice if you would cite your sources.

    When I started trucking in 1993 I made $42,000 my first year. It’s almost impossible to beat that today. New drivers are lucky to make $35,000 their first year now. So I would love to know what average wages were in 2003, what they are now, and how that compares to 1993 when I started. Because drivers aren’t making a dime more now than they were 20 years ago.

  • Guest

    Inflation has increased every year since 1993 also..so those dollars you made would BUY alot MORE than they do today..like the price of Fule then and now??? Big difference…..Solo students earn around 26CPM today…and average 2k miles per week……all TALK about these “High Wages”…company drivers dont make any HIGH BUCKS…you can bet on that.

  • Thomas Perkins

    The wave of illegal immigrants started under Regan and is being rammed solid into place by our corporatists president Obama and so pay will probably stay the same IF we continue to keep the same two parties in place because like Obama they are all feeding at the same corporate watering hole.

  • Kurt Keilhofer

    I’ll be watching out the window for pigs flying by…..we have been hearing about a driver shortage for DECADES, not years! If driver’s pay had kept pace with inflation we would be making about 3 times what our current pay/rates are.

  • Mike Smith

    Has this mag done an investigation on this issue? Mexicans from So CA are driving down our rates. There is no shortage. This so called shortage is a fraud on the real citizens of the USA. I have not worked this month at all thanks to the . . uck driver shortage. And I will probably not drive much until March 2014 based on last year. I will not drive for the same rate as Mexicans in OUR country.

  • Mike Smith

    About 2 wks ago I had a load for a $1000. I went to pick it up and there was a Mexican from Fontana, CA there, who had my load on his Mexican named truck. When foreigners/enemies come into your country, and take your work and drive down your pay, this is dangerous to one’s family and people. It has now plainly shown it’s self to be what it is. A form of take over of our country lead by corporations, businesses, and OUR own government. We have reached a crescendo, saturation point, were we can see what the heck is going on. If our government won’t protect us who will. White workingmen have been driven out of So. CA, blacks have been driven out of Watts, Compton, etc.. This is a precursor to war, and it has been going on way to long.

  • shannon bushall

    we aren’t going to see it and there’s no driver shortage because a lot of these co. hire anybody just to put meat in the seat and then when they screw up we get more regulations put on us because of them

  • Mike Smith

    “when they screw up we get more regulations put on us because of them”. HOW TRUE THIS & it is hidden from the public. When I worked for a company or gov and the minorities would screw up the management would attack all of us. The biggest problem was that negros would take of on Fridays & Mondays creating their own holiday’s. Mexicans would take off on Mon. or Fri. These were not once a yr. type affairs. They were numerous through a year. Management would keep making new rules to control the minorities & we would all suffer just like all the new regs going on now a days.

  • BobT

    I quit Schneider in 2010 after two years at 40cpm, no pay raise and loss of benefits. At Dallas they wanted to recruit me at 37cpm and I laughed at them and walked away just as I did Beacon Transport a year ago (hiring at 32 cpm). No wonder the interweb is full of driver’s wanted ads, too many of us are choosing other fields of work. Let them enjoy their minimum wage drivers. BTW, my wages were at 42cpm in 2003 and you say wages have gone UP 30%? That means I should be getting about 55cpm now. I get 38. Try again.

  • Mike Smith

    Now there’s so many illegal immigrants, Mexicans & there birth, the government is letting them SWAY the voting in our country, AND other browns are siding with them to make things even worse for us. Many negro’s with recognition are saying that the population is changing when what they really mean is they are taking over the whites, and whites are losing.

  • Bullwinkle

    There is NO DRIVER SHORTAGE. If there was, the freight wouldn’t be getting moved. There is an overabundance of driverless trucks in the big fleets. Those trucks will sit with drivers in them or without. If they had ass for those seats we’d all be hauling for less and less.

  • David Johnson

    The comments below such as minorities screwing up, Mexicans, Polish, etc. is the exact reason why you people won’t get a higher rate no unity in general still fail to see the only color i$ green. The companies know this and will continue to exploit the drivers a sad truth the only hope for company drivers is a Union. So yes there is a driver shortage what fool is going to do this job for 12, 20, 28 cents mile and if you are lucky 34+ or a couple of hundred dollars a week due to the fact that all you guys think about and talk about racist nonsense, which does not pay any bills or put food on the table. In small term$ 50CPM which you guy do not make so do not lie times maximum 3000 that you do not constantly run is $1,500 a week but the company keep the money so shut up.

  • Thomas Perkins

    I don’t think the white power structure will continue to allow it to continue. What may happen is that whites and blacks come together and vote both parties out.
    It is my dream that if they don’t leave with honor and dignity we throw them out by any means necessary and if the browns and or any others wish to take the side of the government we throw them out too!
    This is the result of rich greedy White and Black and Asian corprate owners that all wish to keep the little man from living like him and so what do they do?
    Treat us like a yard full of dogs and allow other dogs to come into the yard yet only keep a little dog food in the bowl so we fight among ourselves.
    I may be a dog in that yard but I ain’t no stupid dog I’m ready to bite the owner!

  • Thomas Perkins

    Read my comment below and I think you’ll agree that my analogy is in target.
    I have seen this in Europe though I haven’t personally gone there.
    The government and corporate owners want us to fight among ourselves either in the workplace or on the streets it don’t make them any difference as long as we don’t look at them and their greed.
    Now if we shutdown long enough to murder the economy we would get some respect and quick too!

  • srich479@yahoo. com

    you want to fix part of the driver shortage do away with the email log

  • David Johnson

    Thomas, we ain’t shutting down nothing (minority’s double negative) they talked about it broadcast over CB nothing. And really we do not need to shut down anything check out this simple concept of supply and demand drivers should post a list and ONLY work for companies that pay between 40-50 CPM. The other companies are welcome to go out of business. But you go to trucker report and read the comments on any topic trucker never get accurate information always a thread the goes off to nowhere about non$en$e.

  • Guest

    There will NEVER be a shortage of drivers and Never an INCREASE in Pay or Rates. Big Money shippers and manufacturers are lobbying for this Immigration Reform to get Obamas 11 Million illegal aliens out here driving! They will drive for CHEAP!!! CSA program is a Game brought by Insurance companies.

  • Mike Smith

    The only color is Red, White, & Blue, from Sea to Shining Sea. Do you Remember the Alamo? No. But since you wrote what you wrote you are unaware of what’s going on; ever since the 1970′s Mexican/negro war in L. A., CA., or Los Angeles, So CA, the So West, TX, Chicago, etc..

  • David Johnson

    Mike who are you talking tooo I am as American as pie apple believe that served my country just like you and Rush Limbaugh. See Thomas what I am talking about the war is about classes not because people hate each other because of color. Hold Mike first of all we ain’t talking about a class war we talking about money had you come into a meeting off on a tangent you would be fired the company has people who stay FOCUS on calculating these like fuel to a fraction of a penny for which drivers like Mike are no match. Now since you want to talk politics the “war” in Chicago really a place you have never been probably Chicago under Mayor Daley hired 100s of cops to stand around the crime has never gone down in Englewood he nearly bankrupted the city by 300mm or so. Next NYC Bloomberg is upset by stop and frisking 1,000,000,000 incident blacks under the guise of stopping crime meaning he found 8 illegal guns so what. Pay me $1,000,000.00 cash money L.A., Chicago picture perfect go eat that thing that looks like Pizza.

  • Guest

    American trucking association is Lobbying for this immigration reform Bill to use Foreign Labor.
    There will be NO Shortage. More Foreigners YES..but shortage of Obediand Slave Boys to drive?? NOPE.

  • Guest

    ALL the Mega Fleets now are Lowering their Standards and hiring Students out of school too. There will be NO increase in rates or Pay.

  • David Johnson

    Also, Mike let me give you a little history lesson before 1970 and the Alamo obviously you do not have any black friends and just parrot racist nonsense. A Mexican is a cross between native indians “discovered” by Colombus a Spaniard. Spain which discovered gold, sugar, etc. etc. which was taken from the new world America, the Carribean, Latin America to finance Europe but let us keep it simple this stuff some might called them commodities needed to be mined, planted, picked, etc. what race of people do you think could stand out in the sun for hours and replaced the Mexican worker? Why do you think Brazilians look that way? Why do you think dominicans look that way? But centuries later after all the money is gone and those blacks who have not received a gov’t hand-out, or screwed up are NOT at “war” with any Mexican THAT we replaced centuries for F-R-E-E ago learn some real history.

  • Mike Smith

    Lol, what you wrote is unclear, with an attempt to twist what I wrote. What I wrote is fairly clear & concise. You saying you were in the military means nothing. The Major, Hussan, was in the military also, killed 13 soldiers & wounded 20 plus. The military has become a new form of welfare unfortunately, reduce standards.

  • Guest

    CSA program is sponsered by Insurance Companies AND Legislators that KNOW trucking industry is PLANNING on replacing the OLD experienced retiring guys…about 1/2 of the driving force…with STUDENTS and Foreigners from Mexico…and a few Pakistanis and russians..etc.
    Insurance NEEDS to cover their butts..so MORE and MORE monitoring and OBSERVATION is in Order.The Old Guys dont NEED a babysitter…but they are LEAVING.
    A Student doesnt KNOW or CARE. He is an obediant slaveboy that has to drive for 1 YEAR to get his TUITION reimbursement….he dont care…its better than Jack in the Box where he came from!
    The mexican is here on a company sponsered H2B Visa or sometimes he uses FAKE documents.
    No Shortage of “drivers” this way and these newbies are being babysat by COPS…..PLUS no Increase in PAY to the drivers and no Rate increase to Owner Ops.

  • jim stewart

    shortage, yes shortage of qualified drivers & a shortage of true owner-operators but they’re plenty of idiots behind the wheel to take our place. our industry is training thousands to fill those empty seats and will import the rest from poverty nations at a much faster rate if that becomes necessary. most customers could care less about how their cargo gets there as long as it’s cheap,cheap,cheap. few give a crap about safety, industry standards, or if the driver can speak a word of English.. FMCSA, HOS regulations mean nothing to them & most treat what’s left of today’s old school professional drivers like dirty beggars found sleeping in a cardboard box on a street corner. Now today we enjoy a new wave of so-called green customers who want only environmentally registered hauling companies (of course with the standard shipping discounts) to move their freight. This latest maze of smoking mirrors is so corporate is perceived by our government & the public as environmentally responsible friendly corporations..These folk will no longer hire many of us as their preferred hauler anymore because we can not afford or do not wish to own this expensive EPA approved new experimental problematic equipment. i find it fascinating that these same customer loads are posted daily by brokers or carriers on industry load boards where any truck (junker or idiot) can then move them from the same docks while the customer acts like they’ve for-filled their religious green obligation while at the same time collecting their due share of government credits whether it be special tax breaks or whatever. My current strategy over the past couple of years is to specifically seek out loads that have been sitting for a few days. by this time most customers need their product shipped & many are willing to pay more to receive that service instead of continuing on a rate discount mission.. the giant corporations and their cronies on wall street want very badly for all of the America’s to be one. They want all jobs & every professional blue collar skill to be lumped into one easy to handle discount package where the standard for all labor is minimal wage across the board. we are well on our way to making that happen in this country and the availability of cheap labor is under the control of the bankers & wall street with the blessing of our government policies. we are witnessing the demise of the independent trucker in this country. these corporations know exactly where every driver needs to be to survive one step above the poverty level. they have trucking rates down to a science. profit ,other than their own is a dirty word that they must eliminate from the vocabulary of the little guy. i see the majority of trucking in America going the way of the port intermodal industry model where individual truck ownership is true poverty at it’s finest. those container hauling boys are lucky to eat at KFC two days a week while ocean shipping corporate enjoys steak & champagne every evening!!!!

  • Guest

    The Government is bought and paid for by Huge corporate Donors…Mccain and those dopes are cheerleading Immigration Reform. Big Money owns the shipping companies/manufactureres…they tell UNION COPS to look the other way. They tell Government to OPEN the BORDERS…..its basically all Corrupt Today just like Mexico…..Government is actually working WITH and being PAID by BIG BUSINESS..who LOVES cheap labor….so ya wont get any help with Government.

  • David Johnson

    LMAO it is always unclear, fuzzy, blame it on Obama, the Mexicans, the gov’t did you say for once worked for the gov’t interesting. You were clear alright has your #@$%X ever been to Chicago, LA, or in the military is unclear. Did you actually say our military is a reduced form a welfare what a joke bet you heard that from Rush. Keep offering up the hate no money making ideas you have enough buddies out there for support I do not care not increase in pay, no shortage because of people like you. Now Go get some of that thing that looks like Pizza.

  • Guest

    So TRUE….Great Comment!!!!

  • Mike Smith

    If we don’t start hating we will continue to be run over by Mexican @$$ kisser like you, Mexico, Mexican’s, the businesses & corporations, that profit off of them, and our own government. What we are facing is genocide. Don’t belive, Just go to So CA. It’s all Mexican, other. True American citizens have had enough of brown nosers like you. Why don’t tell us over and over how you were in the military, just like Maj. Huassan is. By the way he got the death penalty just like people like you should get for supporting Mexicans Invading our country.

  • Guest

    Meat in the Seat…so right Shannon. Surprising to see all these companies that would NOT hire or train Students…are very Willing to strap them into the Seats today…at rediculous wages..26CPM.???
    They cut BACK on experienced driver pay and will offer 29CPM if YOU will take it. Of course that nasty SNOW SEASON may dampen the Greedy Hog executives’ spirits…after the crashes!!!
    These mega fleets have LOWERED requirement standards too….”FELONY??? YES hurry on down!!!
    Drunk Driving??? Cmon Down!!! Tickets? Accidents?? Unlucky Driver???? See US First!!

  • Mike Smith

    I completely agree. I have written on this time and time again. I’m glad people like you are standing up and calling it like it is. Way to many have stuck their heads in the sand.

  • David Johnson

    Mike is that it hate? No really is that the best you got hate? And of course when a person has a different opinion the should receive the death funny thing is you do not decide anything the least of which is life and death. In my opinion you are an idiotic with an audience. You are the biggest asset that trucking companies have they should be very happy. The next time I am standing at the fuel island and see that the company is paying more for fuel than my labor, paycheck I will think of you you are the best!

  • Guest

    No NORMAL person or their Children should EVER go to a Truckstop today..it will give you permanent Nightmares!!! The weird Freaks parading around!! If they dont look like Godzilla Unchained….they look like they have spent their entire lives in Prison getting Tatooed from their SCALP and NECK where they put their GANG LOGO or possibly they worked as a SIDESHOW FREAK in a CIRCUS???? The weirdest of the weird will be seen at the truckstops today.

  • martymarsh

    I’ll come back when I can do it my way, you say that won’t happen, where I’m sitting that does not bother me a bit.
    Pretty soon it is going to be mandatory for shipping and receiving clerks to be able to speak Spanish, Russian, Indian and not the American kind, and Pakistani.
    I say, welcome to the new world order, you want cheap labor, you got it.

  • Guest

    Its funny coz the New Guy gets hired by the Mega Fleet and jumps thru ALL these hoops with Credential checks and Background investigations..all this Purifying Process..and finally gets to the truckstop with his first load and the place is Filled with the craziest looking freaks you ever saw! Weird Kooks that look like they came Direct from a mexican Prison (and probably did)…tatooed all over their Scalp and Face and all the way to their Feet!!!! Not to mention the other ODD assortment of Total Weirdos….you KNOW you have reached the Bottom of the Barrel when THESE are your “colleagues”
    too hilarious….Ur dispatcher would crap his pants if he had to spend the night in a Hell Hole like that.
    The executives see you at the Office and try to Avoid you coz you might have GERMS or BUGS….they know how Disgusting it is to live in truckstops…they want NO PART of any ANIMAL that they call a truck driver today. They cringe and go wash their hands quickly if they made ANY contact with you………

  • martymarsh

    We are our own worst enemy.

  • BunniRabbyt Happily Retired

    No driver Shortage dont tell me that again. The Trucking / Driver industry is a war we will never win. Just like the Vietnam War and Korean war the more of the enemey we defeated the Chinese just sent in more of their troops to replace them. Same here in the trucking industry, the more the government drives out of the industry they allow more illegal aliens and undocumented workers to come in here and take or place. Same senerio. Did we win either of those 2 wars, NO. Will we win the trucking War NO The government will see to that.

  • Certifiably Nutty

    I used to watch a television show about thus exact topic…it always ended the opening scene with Ricardo Mantelban saying…”Welcome to Fantasy Island”!

  • Mike Smith

    Yet another moronic statement from a moron. Your statement is senseless as you are. I do have more for you you putts. As for your Hitler mention, what we have here, is a new type of Nazi government I call the Minority Mexican Socialist Party, the MMazi Party government. Unlike Germany invading many countries France, Poland, etc., we have the reverse going on. Our own government, corporations, businesses, have ABANDONED their own citizens allowing tens of millions of 3rd world cheap labor browns to INVADE our country. They, gov, have betrayed us. What we are experiencing treason by our own government. We are experiencing a NEW FORM of GENOCIDE by our own government and the browns, disguised as illegal immigration, and their birthing 6 kids, for free to them, to out breed us and run us out of neighborhood after neighborhood, proven by just looking at So CA. Most everyone

  • Mike Smith

    Your history is as remedial as you are.

  • Mike Smith

    ‘Da plane, Da plane’.

    Da border, Da border.

  • Guest

    Very TRUE…these Foreigners drive thru Banning ad all weigh stations with NO FEAR of being checked for Citizenship Papers….Government has ORDERED COPS to Let Them Alone and wave them thru and many times they do get a Citation on CSA for NON ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER..it appears ALOT on FMCSA company records. The illegal alien drives right into the Government hired Policeman’s arms and the cops does Not even detain him!!!!! He is taking a Load an AMERICAN doesnt WANT??
    It is TREASON and these cops are TRAITORS.

  • Mike Smith

    What I’ve seen at the truck stops is exactly what you’ve described.

    Do you remember the bar in Star wars, with all the freaks, aliens. That’s what the truck stops look like. And they are not speaking English. They are speaking all different languages in our country. And it’s just sickening to see and hear. It’s the definition of chaos & confusion. Chaos and the confusion is the devils work, and our own government is now leading the chaos.

  • Guest

    Si Senyor!! All these weirdos talkin some foreign tongue and LAUGHING at the American Citizen who actually has a REAL LICENSE and not some stolen identity. That is the biggest pissoff..those Foreign Jerks are NOT playing by the RULES that Americans have to abide by…they just laugh all the way to the bank..stealing loads AMERICANS should be Hauling and taking Jobs Americans should have…aided and abetted by every CROOKED businessman and COP associated with Trucking. DOT has never arrested ONE illegal alien trucker…until they CRASH or get caught hauling DOPE or other ALIENS.

  • Guest

    The Biggest DOWNFALL for all American Truckers is these illegal aliens allowed to Take our Jobs and Haul OUR loads and drive the RATES and WAGES DOWN and KEEP them DOWN. There is a FLOOD of these cheap labor illegals pouring into trucking today.
    The OTHER obvious DOWNFALL is the CSA Program.
    These 2 GIANT stumblingblocks will keep truckers in POVERTY for the forseeable future.

  • Guest

    True Bunni….the American Trucking Association also is stabbing all truckers in the back too. They are in Washington begging to push thru Immigration Reform so all the 11 Million illegals can drive Trucks and be employed in trucking. Donahue helped WRITE the BILL…with McCain and Donahue was the President of the ATA for years.
    Huge battles going on to get MORE and MORE of these spanish speakers to take every trucking job in the country….look in any truck in Calif…you will see a Mexican..with some crazy name on the door Jose trucking logistics…..all of them!

  • David Johnson

    Mike, thank you are comments are well taken and “enlighting” I agree with you in history people have assassinated presidents, and of course as you stated people like me I having served in the military so let me take the throne for the readers of this discussion. 1. First and foremost, we the professional drivers are going to demand a repeal of the exemption of motor carriers from the minimum wage laws both federal and in each state. 2. The federal minimum wage for a professional driver with 1 year or more of experience will be 65CPM no exceptions not even “small” carriers or anyone with a foreign name on their truck. 3. The minimum wage for any new driver with less than 1 year will be 35 CPM and they must team up for least 6 months again no exceptions. 3. After 3 years + the minimum wage for drivers will be 75 CPM or indexed for inflation no exceptions. 4. And so on 5+ years experience. 5. In support of these revolutionary changes the professional driver will not smoke for health reasons. 6. All professional drivers will sign up for the company’s wellness plan. 7. Every professional driver will meet the PT standards promulgated at http://usarmybasic.com/army-physical-fitness/apft-standards. 8. Every professional driver will complete over a 3 year period a safety class at any community college, 6 hours of American and World history, 3 hours of English, 10 hours of community service in Crenshaw, Englewood, Bed-Stuv, or a homeless shelter, nursing home and the like.

    Any Professional drivers that cannot meet these new qualifications whether they speak English or not should find another industry for low paying jobs end of discussion. Now unlike the new HOS that got passed and we complained thereafter make it happen. Be safe.

  • GI Joe

    After I retired from th Army in 98, I trained up for several weeks with Transport America. 3 weeks commercial school. 1 week TA class room, 2 weeks pad. 2 weeks city, 2 weeks otr. good training. TA started me at .29 cpm in 98. 1 year it was .32 cpm. I see magazine ads from companies now that are in the .34-.38 cpm range. In 15 yrs, pay is ranging upwards of 5% more. wow.
    This article says O/O making $52k? they’re beating their ass to do that. Drivers, you have to find a niche if you want to make it driving. Whether it’s working for a small O/O ( I have 2x) or a small local company with a truck fleet but doesn’t know trucking.
    Life isn’t easy. If you bemoan being in the same situation, sorry. Read, research, network.
    Back in 2008, the small O/O I loved working for finally succumbed to piss ass brokers. I was out of work for 3 months. Despair? yes. alot.
    I found a produce processor with piss ass trucks, but $800/wk. minimal back hauls, but $50 per back haul. They’ve gotten better trucks, a new perspective and now we’re getting $900/wk. I do 4 days, 2k miles & have 3 off.
    Opportunities are out there. Find them.