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Driver shortage: Readers weigh in on turnover, rates, pay, working conditions and more

What's your view? Respondents to recent polling expressed widely different views about a driver shortage. About half of readers consider it real, while the other half view it as myth or primarily a misnomer for other things, low pay chief among them.

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Framing the trucking labor situation: Shortage at what price?

“Labor shortage” can mean different things to different people, whether a supply/demand imbalance at "current market prices" or "at any price" -- the latter often well implied in driver shortage stories that suggest a disruption to the supply chain that consumers will see and feel.

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The first time I heard the phrase ‘driver shortage’ …

Tracking back to the origins of our February cover story questioning what might be the trucking industry's most unquestioned assumption: the driver shortage.

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The driver shortage alarm

The disconnect between the money and the mantra: As trucking has trumpeted a driver shortage over most of the last 10 years driver pay hasn’t risen in a way that would reflect such a strong labor demand.

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POLL: What’s your view of the ‘driver shortage’?

"Driver shortage" -- myth or reality, all about trucker pay or a reflection of a younger generation's generally unfavorable view of long-distance trucking, a by-product of a constraining regs enivronment? What's your view?

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New online driver-carrier matching service

The Hickory, N.C.-based Blue Bloodhound company has introduced a new online, mobile-optimized platform to help connect carriers and drivers. Blue Bloodhound has begun offering its service in areas around Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Louisville, Ky. Drivers and motor carriers throughout the U.S. also have access to and are encouraged to sign up with the service and create individual profiles. Blue Bloodhound claims to empower CDL drivers by "letting them operate as fully independent contractors" in their relationship to ...

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Audio mailbag: Minimum interstate age should be 18, insurance barriers to new owner-operators

Podcast round-up of some reader voices on minimum interstate driving age, insurance challenges for young owner-operators, hours, parking and more.

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How to engage potential drivers who are slipping away

A safe, practical graduated CDL program ... could bring more qualified drivers with long-term career potential, while screening out more of those who are better suited to four wheels than 18.

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Why aren’t 20-somethings interested in truck driving?

A bevy of voices in response to one twenty-something's prescription for the industry on attracting the next generation of drivers.

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Trucking — or not — with the twenty-somethings

A twenty-something attempts a (well-considered, lengthy) answers to the question of why his generation seemingly isn't interested in truck driving, by and large.

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