driver shortage

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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POLL: What is the top trucking issue from your vantage point?

These 10 issues -- including the ELD mandate and hours of service, CSA, a so-called 'driver shortage and more -- were ranked in this order in ATRI's annual survey of carriers. Which one (or other issue) would you put at the top of your most pressing issues list?

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Bend over and grab the wheel

"Every single article I've read this week about the Chicken Little 'driver shortage' has neglected to mention driver pay." ...

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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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Slow freight causes driver turnover rate to tumble at large fleets

The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets fell to its lowest point since early 2011 in the second quarter of this year, according to the American Trucking Associations.

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