driver shortage

Don’t go toward the light, Carol Ann

"If it has taken 30 years of hemorrhaging drivers to snap into the realization the eternal well is drying up for real -- the very fleets who have participated in the practice of paying their executives well while drivers are once again forgotten are about to feel a whiplash of epic proportions they are fully unprepared for."

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Things to leave behind in 2017

The phrases "driver shortage," "level playing field" and a variety of other trucking bugaboos. "Be happy we don't all 'get on the same level,' and quit saying that. ..."

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Thin the herd without churning the masses

"Driver shortage" explored, again: "There are finally a few brilliant folks out in “mainstream news” land who have begun peeling away skin on the “obvious onion” in trucking and started mentioning the fact that being paid has a lot to do with wanting to stick with a job."

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‘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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