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Challenges of Recruiting and Retaining Career Drivers

A career as a truck driver offers many benefits:  a steady and secure career that is currently in high demand, excellent pay and benefits, changing scenery, the ability to be part of a team, and much more.  So why are … Continue reading

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Hours-of-Service Changes: What Carriers and Shippers Can Expect

Despite opposition from numerous trucking groups, the fifth set of changes to the hours-of-service regulations since 2003 is still on track with an effective date of July 1st.  Among the revisions include a restart provision containing two consecutive breaks between … Continue reading

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Drivers Seek Fair Treatment in Time of Shortage

It’s no surprise that there is a driver shortage affecting the industry with numbers expected to get worse.  With roughly 21% of truck drivers being of 55-65 years of age versus 8% between the ages of 25 and 29, the … Continue reading

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Immigration Reform a Potential Solution to Driver Shortage?

Last Friday, President Obama announced an urgent push towards an immigration reform that many believe could help ease the problem of driver shortage in the trucking industry. With a goal to have an immigration bill passed by Senate within the … Continue reading

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2013 Brings Increased Problems for Carriers

Trucking companies will face a greater challenge this year as volumes, rates, and capacity issues are forecasted to grow, increasing difficulties among carriers.  As Transport Capital Partners (TCP)’s Richard Mikes notes, “Volume and rate outlook does not bode well for … Continue reading

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Shale Increases Need of Drivers, Rates Not Holding Up to Increased Costs

Fact:  Over the next 19 years “10,000 Americans will turn 65 years old every day and (presumably) retire shortly thereafter.” 1 Fact:  It is expected that within the next seven years, the driver shortage will increase to over 100,000, partly … Continue reading

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ATA Releases 2013 Trucking Forecast

At a panelist discussion consisting of the American Trucking Association’s Bob Costello, National Association of Realtors’ Lawrence Yun, and HIS Global Insight’s Gregory Daco earlier this week, the ATA released their 2013 trucking forecast, calling for a slow, steady “GDP … Continue reading

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New Issue Takes Number One Spot in ATRI’s Trucking Industry Survey

At an American Trucking Association’s meeting in Las Vegas on Monday, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its 2012 top ten issues in the trucking industry, displaying ongoing issues while debuting new concerns. Below are the top ten issues … Continue reading

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Tonnage/Revenue Expected to Rise as Trucking Industry Struggles to Recruit Drivers

Once again, the trucking industry demonstrates its important role in freight transportation, comprising of “67 percent of tonnage and 81 percent of revenue in 2011,” according to the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast. 1 In fact, according … Continue reading

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Retiring Truckers Put Pressure on Driver Shortage, Rising Logistics Costs

After reaching a high of 1.8 million in 2008, carriers and shippers began experiencing a shortage of drivers due to the recession, in which a lot of drivers exited the business, dropping numbers as low as 1.47 million (18.4%) in … Continue reading

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