driver shortage

‘Amateur hour’: ATA prez takes a seeming swipe at anti-ELD mandate protests

And reader Glenn Gilbert offers an "Isaiah and the ELD" biblical take on it all, of a fashion ... Meanwhile, Lucas Oil's founder joins the Sikhs PAC leader in expressing official concern over the mandate, amid a slow drip of ELD delay cosponsors.

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Carriers rank driver shortage as chief concern, ahead of ELD mandate and hours regs

ATRI produces a Top 10 list of the trucking industry’s chief concerns each year, based on a survey of industry stakeholders. The availability of qualified drivers edged out the ELD mandate and hours of service regulations as the industry's chief issue. More than half of respondents were fleet personnel.

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The double-billion burger they refuse to eat

"Pro-ELD propaganda does not address the true safety issue in the industry, and that is the sense that every driver is disposable. There's always another. (Thin mint, sir? No thank you. Bring me a bucket.)"

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Eleventy-million and counting

Herein, a story about driv... I mean, apples. "And people wondered why other people, who weren't buying near as many apples, were making pies and cider and delicious things from their apples, and didn't have piles of stinking, rotting apples laying around their terminals ... I mean, their kitchens."...

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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Progress from Google, Tesla and others with self-driving cars, including the occasional mention of Class 8 trucks, fuels speculation that driverless big rigs are about to rule the highway.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux part 2: Bills in Ohio would subsidize ‘cheap labor’

Ohio bills would funnel taxpayer money to driver-training efforts and "put the Ohio taxpayers on the hook for subsidizing cheap labor," notes small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold. Also, video, audio: Crank it up with Scott Reed's tuned 750-hp Cat in the Wheeling tunnel on I-70.

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Here’s a little story about a nail tech named Wendy

As in nails, as in trucking: "Don't cave. Don't cave on the prices, or the quality of service, because doing so only cuts your own throat in the end."

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Survey seeks driver input on driver shortage, infrastructure funding and more

The American Transportation Research Institute is looking for truck drivers’ perspectives on several trucking topics including transportation infrastructure funding, the driver shortage and improving highway safety through a new online survey.

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Only those with voices in their head need apply

Consider the internal conversation one may have while doing a little internet research on trucking. "After three hours of Googling, I still don't know if I want to be a trucker."

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