POLL: Why do carriers have difficulty finding new drivers?

| July 29, 2013

  • JETaratuta

    Lordy! At least it’s an act . . .

  • Paul Lafrance

    i just tried to get on with Celadon trucking company,, and I told them about my felony that happened over 21 years ago, but instead of giving me a second chance in life, they turned me down. I remember how to drive a truck, even though the last time i drove a big rig was when i was 21. but since they and every one else is not willing to give me a second chance in life, Me and my wife and son are about to go homeless as I can not find a job. and the people who i was recently working for fired me because i had a family emergency and i forgot to call into work. and now they will not hire me back, even though they gave a druggie over 7 chances to work there. if any trucking companies are reading this and you are willing to send me back to truck driving school as a refresher course and give me a second chance at making something out of my self and so i can support my family then please feel free to email me. like i said, my felony is over 21 years old and I am looking for a career not to get into trouble. getting into trouble does not pay the bills and does not allow me to support my family.

  • Paul Lafrance

    My felony is not for stealing. but still there are no trucking companies out there that are wiling to give me a second chance in life

  • disqus_sni0TBPcXo

    Of course I’m competitive; this is why I offer different incentives to the drivers. But I guess you didn’t put any attention to my comment “No matter how much money or
    incentives you offer the driver they are still going to complain”

    Now I’m not trying to force the driver to become more responsible
    (by the way I don’t know where you got your definition of response-ability, but
    it is way off, funny though). I’m
    forcing him/her to show up to the job they applied for. Because just like you said “try running your business without any drivers” well of course, a trucking business can’t run without drivers, so when you have drivers that applied for the job but don’t
    show up, then the Driver does become the problem not the solution.

    As to how is it working for me? Is working just fine, the new drivers I have
    are trustworthiness, and dependable,
    they show up to work and drive the required miles a week to make enough profit for both of us. This is working because I was upfront with them during the initial interview. I told them what I expected from them as a driver and ask them what they needed as a driver (as far as pay, days off etc). We signed a contract and so far it’s working. It’s a change that requires patience and
    time, but I rather take 2-3 months to find a good dependable driver then 2-3
    days to find a driver who doesn’t want to drive (even though driving is suppose
    to be what they trained for and applied for) or quit within the first 2-3 weeks.

  • quarter&company

    Big business is utilizing the effects of continued hiring to make the shortage bigger than it is. If like me I decided that I wanted to drive and I enjoyed the open road and still want to but I cannot find someone who will listen to my side of the story why I have had so many jobs. The best I ever had in trucking was that as an owner operator. I made more money had more money in my pocket than I ever did with anyone else I ever worked for. This country was built on small business and I am hopeful that small business will come back in trucking. You go coast to coast and the owner operator for the most part are not in the ditch. They don’t throw their trash out on the parking lot and they usually take care of the waitress. Owner operators and small business one truck one operator and fight the use of robots and the industry will change and the industry will get better. And more persons will get involved and trucking will get better.

  • jesse wood

    there is no driver shortage carries buy more trucks than they have drivers for, sell off excess trucks and there would be no shortage

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Bus drivers are way under payed , i drove a bus for a bit in Boston back in the early 70s

  • former GTI driver

    I left a job that paid $0.45/mile as a company driver because the rules keep changing and you put in too much time not getting paid that you don’t dare log cuz it takes away from your ability to make miles. Now have job that pays from logbook and is good representation of my time. So much less stress B/P down 20 pts

  • Jimmy the Greek

    My minium for a load from one side of town to the other is $400.00

  • Jimmy the Greek

    I know some felons that drive i even know one of them that shot and killed his old lady and her boyfrend , he still drives .

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Are you smoking crack ? man put down the stem man ,it’s making you crazy !

  • grumpy

    Most of you need to read the question before you answer. I own a small trucking company and the reason we have trouble hiring drivers is. Unqualified,over weight pigs, with poor hygiene, thinking they should be paid .$50 a mile to go destroy my eguipment and then there are those who think they are a mechanic on top of the fact they are barely qualified to hold a steering wheel. Most all good drivers already have a good paying job with companies like mine that take care of there drivers who are qualified to do there job and do it well.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    I live in texas ,you are going to the wrong doctors .

  • Jimmy the Greek

    They don’t take your cdl if your Medical card is not on file ,they just restrict it so the cdl is only good in texas , they just started this crap

  • Jimmy the Greek

    That what they do ! that is the reason they are Recruiters ,lol how do you think the military gets there ranks filled , They LIE to the bright eyed dummys .

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Dam right ! I can rember if you stoped on the side of the road every truck coming up the road checked on you with the raido some would even stop to help get you going , not today ! lol

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Realy ? lol

  • Jimmy the Greek

    I used to take care of the waitress any time i could when i was young and good looking , still well when i get the chance , i got a jar of them pills lol

  • disqus_sni0TBPcXo

    Is this the best reply you could come up with? You couldn’t even type a constructive or
    beneficial comment for a solution to the problem or a fact that could help your
    opinion on the subject. Come on, really, why don’t you stop smoking crack and use your time more productive to get educated. Or go type your childish comments on a children’s blog.

  • Hooty

    Yep, this pretty much sums it up. Good job.

  • Hooty

    The most important problem to me in trucking is all the new rules and regs. Puts way too much pressure on the drivers. It seems like the driver is responsible for everyone and everything thing, Congress does not carry this much responsibility.

  • Shaggy

    The good companies don’t have a problem finding good or new drivers, they have good driver applications on file waiting for current drivers to die or retire. (not trying to be rude). At good companies the grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence. So if you have a problem with finding drivers or driver retention look in the mirror you are the problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bob t

    BOB T.
    new rule(hour of service) and reg has gotten a lot of older drivers out of trucking. I was out there to work, but this crap of laying over 2 periods from 12 to 5 a.,m. it was the straw that broke the camels back. I worked nights over the road. Now I would unload Monday morning and have to layover tues and weds morning and the ltl company would send all the loads tues night or early wed morning. Now I would have to wait until weds night or early Thurs morning for my back to the west coast ltl load. TOO MUCH LAYOVER. working local now in a non cdl job. 38 years of trucking all over once my cdl expires

  • TWade

    How is it possible that a group of companies, managers, dispatchers, safety managers, company presidents, CEO, COO or anyone else, other than truck drivers, with a college degree with all of that book learning, and/or experience is unable to figure out why drivers will not work for low wages, set for hours for free, fail to get paid for actual miles worked (instead of being happy with being cheated out of ten percent of your miles), lied to on a daily basis from the top managers to the bottom, unsafe equipment, expected to run illegal logs, expected to speed to deliver on time, and expected to put the company first in front of family.

    Anytime I see this question it is because of two reason: 1. they are dumber than a box of rocks or 2. they think that I’m dumber than a box of rocks. Since I know, you see and learn a lot in 35 years of listening to drivers watching companies, that all of the above reasons is why trucking companies can not keep drivers then it must not be me that is dumber than a box of rocks. Trucking company presidents and recruiters need to stop asking stupid questions and fix the problems. The first step toward keeping drivers will not cost the company a red cent and that is start telling the truth.

  • martymarsh

    Ken, you live in a fantasy world, you may be happy with what you make, but that don’t make it Just. The 1000’s of local jobs, is that right around your house or is that nation wide? People usually do get all of the info up front when they are hiring on, but isn’t it funny how everything changes after they are going down the road.
    As far as dishonest companies, most of them are and you are not going to change them. Now what is up with you?

  • steve4447

    My Trucker Rant!!

    It’s sad that Drivers just never seem to be concerned about getting paid for the work that they do and the hours that they put in….

    Drivers are honest hardworking folks who just can’t seem to be able to help themselves when it comes to giving away their time and work for free….Nobody else in America expects to WORK FOR FREE….Everybody else expects to get get paid…

    If Drivers would dust insist on getting paid for their time and ALL OF THE WORK THAT THEY DO…The Hours of Service Problem Would Just Go Away….

    Every Time You Work and don’t Get Paid for it….Somebody Else is Getting Paid For Your Work Without Doing The Work…..It IS A ZERO SUM GAME!…Think about it The price of fuel has gone up from 15 or 17 cents a gallon to 3 and 4 Dollars a gallon…Somebody had to absorb the increases….The price of trucks and their registration and insurance has gone up and somebody had to absorb it…Why should Drivers be the ones that don’t get paid just someone else can make more money?…

    Just as long as you will work for less than me or even free…Why should anyone pay me any more???…That’s just not good business….Drivers should have long ago stopped giving it away…..People tend to value things based on what they pay for them….Under the current system the only way to waste a driver’s time is not to use it….It’s FREE..And So is Using his truck as free warehouse space that you can charge your customers for…And so on….You know far better than I do what you are giving away every day…..STOP GIVING IT AWAY….Stop loading and unloading for free….Stop waiting for free…Stop checking and maintaining your
    truck for free…For God’s Sake…Any Job Worth Doing Is Worth Getting Paid for!..

    Unless and until Drivers stop giving it away the companies the shippers and receivers will never stop taking it…Why In The Hell Should They….Most of the Drivers that figured it out either became Brokers or Dispatchers or Trucking Company Owners or just left the job…

    If you just do the math…Add up the hours….Most of you are lucky to be getting minim wage…The job is worth more than picking up trash and butts in the parking lot of a fast food joint…Stop whining about not being allowed to work 20 hours a day 7 days a week….And Start Demanding To Be PAID For Your Work…

  • Steve D

    Absolutely! I’ll come work for any of these companies who can’t find drivers! All they need to do is pay me what my time, labor and bother is worth!

  • Steve D

    A pay system that recognizes the realities of OTR work would, in my opinion, end the trucker shortage. It needs only 4 basic components:

    1. Mileage pay from the time the driver leaves the shipper until they arrive at the receiver. That way if they want to waste time enroute it’s not costing the company.

    2. Hourly pay from the time the driver arrives at the shipper until their next dispatch begins. If dispatch can’t find me a load for 8 hours after unloading, at least I’m getting paid for the wait.

    3. A hardship bonus for every night they spend sleeping in their truck, increasing the longer they are out. So something like $30 a night for nights 1-6, $45 a night for nights 7-12.

    4. A lump sum payment for a driver’s 34 hour reset if they are away from home.

  • ScooterPoop

    Insurance rules, I’ve had my CDL since 94, PTX endorsed. No criminal record or failed drug tests. My last T/T job was RGN for a crane rental co. I had to come home 3years ago to take care of family and have a Solid Waste route now. I am tryning to get back on OTR, but companies want at least 3 mos. to 2 yrs. recent verifiable. No exceptions…

  • robert

    companies not giving drivers the miles consistently week after week.hard working drivers dont seem to matter

  • Scalded dog

    Sell your trucks, you have no business in the trucking industry. You want to keep good drivers, make the driver your partner, show them everything, good or bad. Make the driver understand, if you don’t make money, nether does he. The driver you choose to partner with is more important than the kind of truck he drives.

  • Scalded dog

    Damn if I can’t.

  • martymarsh

    You make comments like that and there are people that have been in this business for years, so who do you suppose you are making look stupid?

  • martymarsh

    I agree with most of that but on the other hand don’t complain you can’t get drivers.

  • martymarsh


  • martymarsh

    I worked for a guy that had seven trucks and he said that there is only one secret to keeping drivers, tell them what you are going to pay them and then pay them. In 3 years I was there he didn’t need to hire any drivers, I would still be there if he hadn’t sold the business.

  • martymarsh

    Because everyone figured out they were liars.

  • martymarsh

    And that would work, but they don’t want to pay you to begin with, by letting you live in their truck they think they are giving you a home and you are being greedy for asking for more than just food to live in their truck.

  • martymarsh

    Well grumpy, I guess you don’t have a horse in this race and you just want to blame it all on the drivers, and I would agree that there are a lot that don’t belong in cars let alone in a truck. So what do you pay your drivers, that is what really says where your head is. Anyone can say I take care of them.

  • martymarsh

    Ken, holy jit, you finally wrote something I can agree with, I knew you had it in you.

  • cordopolitin

    Well said, but you forgot to tie it to the international PUSH to allow Mexican truck drivers on American roads.

    Short enough to not offend the motherator i hope.

  • MercenaryMan

    Todays trucking companys dangle some big money bonus to sign on, then they steal it from you if you have one accident, your fault or not, they tell you youll earn great moeny then you drive and drive and drive and you get paid and theres this fee, and that tax and this deduction and you CAN BARELY EAT OR PAY BILLS….Benefits or Insurance usually have so many DO NOT COVER attached that you have to DIE to collect…and then the Hours of service, DOT Regs, CSA score, PSP and Medical regulations…you have to be 21 and in perfect health….and never get tired after you work 100 hours….face the stress of mile after mile, crazy traffic, crazier rules, shippers who wont load you when you arrive for an appt, Recievers who wont unload you when you arrive for your appt….and then you cant park there, or there, or you cant sleep more then 4 hours or the Police come and ticket you, ya this business has changed and nowhere for the better of the driver, who they seem to have figured out no matter how many Immigrants, newbies, and schools are training replacements, the OLD GUYS who learned by doing, the old hands who stuck out the tuff times, now they want to regulate him/her outta the biz, after theyve spent most of there life doing the job the best its ever been done.

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    That’s some heavy stuff and I agree with you thing is a born to be Trucker has a work ethic like no one else and it always just seemed like the natural thing for me to do, “get ‘er done” done me in….

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    After putting the equivalent of 40 years of work (Trucking) into 27 years of work (Trucking) and to quote you on:

    “I suggest that every trucking company impose stricter rules for drivers. One example could be to create a contact (I think you meant contract) forcing the driver to drive a minimum amount of miles and days” is between a check for agree and disagree

    As one that has driven the equivalency of 100.46 times around the equator (not to mention ‘given free time’ for this and that which is part of the business) and not including miles driving a car or pick up truck

    I must add that driving is 99.987% mental and this is what adds to the job changes as a human has to quit at times just to “rest” from the mental stress of looking ahead, leaving yourself an out and keeping your eyes moving

    in a 24 hour day, shorter hauls have the unload in the morning, drive around 100 miles give or take then reload and put in 600 or more miles, in some cases maybe less, but in most of my experience more after spending the hour or more unloading, the couple hours driving to the next pu and the other hour or so reloading
    (btw long hauls are another story in their own)

    then you look forward to catching (with these new regs especially) probably 2 rush hours a day maybe 3 if you load below Houston and other places similarly lined up, it’s no wonder the things you mentioned are also part of the business

    over 100 hours a week is what it took me to get the job done and I’d be willing to bet that’s still the case for the most part, a Trucker that was born to “Truck” will work much harder than a “Trucker” that trucks for a job

    main point being, driving for a living slash career slash lifestyle can drain the life out of the toughest there are, the love of the job is what both draws us and kills us. Regards, TTT

  • http://www.truckertwotimes.com/ Truckertwotimes

    Just wanted to add in a mind bender for anyone, I’ve picked up a load in Crossville TN on Saturday and delivered in Ontario CA on Sunday, sounds kinda like a fish story even to me, but if you count the hours maybe you can solve the bend of something that sounds like a fish story, anyone think they can figure this one out?….. Challenge your mind to see if you can figure the pick up and delivery time that makes this possible…. :)

  • localnet

    I figured it out once, my hourly wage, it was around $4 an hour as a company driver. That was a few years ago, but looking at the pay today, along with the expenses, it is probably more around $1.50 an hour.

  • localnet

    Well stated… I’m buying another truck next month.

  • localnet

    Squeaky clean here, job offers up the wazoo too…

  • localnet

    I paid $5000 years ago to get that CDL, paid for itself 100 times over +. Did 6 figures last year as a company driver and slept in my own bed with a roof over my head every night, haven’t “slept” in a truck in a few years. Buying a truck in a few weeks to lease on to another outfit, trucking does suck, but it ain’t that bad.

  • Tim

    Question : I have a perfect CSA score no accidents or incidents 5 years over the exp. 48 But I fail a radom drug test 2 years ago! With a co .that had a 0 tolerance policy ! And yes I,ve been thre SAP ect. Should I just hang it up and find another profession? I can drive dump truck ect locally! But wan too go back too long haul

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