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According to the 2015 Truck Driver Shortage Analysis report prepared by the American Trucking Association, the truck driving industry has been suffering an increasing shortage of drivers over the last 15 years. In fact, at the end of 2014 this shortage was approximately 38,000 drivers! Other analysts reported the number to be at 48,000 drivers for 2015, which is the highest ever! The shortage is growing each year, and is predicted to reach approximately 175,000 by 2024!  Based on these statistics, a career in the Trucking Driving Industry is a promising career opportunity. Click here to read the full report

ATA trumpets persistence of shortage of qualified drivers

Credit to Commercial Carrier Journal.

Though the estimated driver shortfall is expected to decline this year from last year amid a cooling freight market, the American Trucking Associations on Wednesday said the driver shortage will continue to worsen in the coming decade absent any shift in the trendline. 

ATA predicts the driver shortage stat to land at 59,500 this year, down slightly from its estimated shortfall of 60,800 last year, and well up from ATA’s 2017 estimate of a shortage of 50,700.

Based on forecasts of freight demand and the expected supply of qualified drivers, that number could jump to more than 160,000 by 2028, says Bob Costello, chief economist at ATA.

The estimates of the shortage of drivers are based on “simply the difference between the number of drivers needed to move the amount of freight that is out there and the supply of drivers,” says Costello. He notes the driver shortfall is isolated mostly to the long-haul, over-the-road segment.

Though the driver shortage is an “operational hardship” for the supply chain currently, it could pose a major problem if it continues to worsen, says Costello. “If we continue down that line, it will be a problem for the industry, for the supply chain and for the broader economy,” he said.

Costello reiterated that the driver shortage is separate from the issue of driver retention, which also plagues fleets annually.

In a report issued Wednesday, “Truck Driver Shortage Analysis 2019,” ATA cites an aging driver pool, regulations, the tough lifestyle of the driving job and an inability to attract female drivers to the industry as key reasons for the lingering driver shortfall. Also cited are other blue collar job options, such as available jobs in the construction industry, and restrictive regulations like hours of service.

ATA advocates for driver pay increases, more at-home time for drivers, lowering the interstate driver age to 18 and improving the industry’s image as primary courses of action for mitigating the shortage. Transitioning military personnel to trucking careers and working to alleviate dwell times at shippers and receivers can also help mitigate the shortage, ATA says.

In the long-term, automated truck features that make the driving job easier could help attract new drivers to the industry. Long-term, “well beyond the dates of this report, one could envision an environment when the longer, line-haul portion of truck freight movements are completed by autonomous trucks,” ATA says in its report. But “motor carriers should not count on this being an option for many decades.”

You can read ATA’s report at this link.

Truck driver shortage: Here’s how much drivers are paid…

According to Fox Business, the U.S. trucking industry is struggling to find interested and qualified drivers to fill tens of thousands of jobs, despite the fact that the positions can offer yearly salaries over $100,000. (Read the full story here).

If you are interested in taking advantage of the shortage of commercial truck drivers, let us help you prepare to earn your Commercial Driver’s License!
Why you should consider training with us:

Professional CDL Training, LLC is licensed and certified by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Educational Approval Program (DSPS-EAP), formerly the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (EAB)

We offer:

  • A free Prospective Commercial Truck Drivers’ Employment Orientation Seminar
  • Very competitive rates on an hourly basis – pay only for the training you need!
  • Flexible training schedules that accommodate even the busiest schedules – train on weekdays, evenings, or weekends.
  • Unique one-on-one personalized instruction – one instructor per student!
  • Innovative training methods – the classroom is the vehicle the student will be learning to drive – 100% of the training is in the truck!
  • Training with modern fleet specified vehicles on customized training routes.
  • Efficient and effective training – normally, our students are driving trucks or tractor-trailers, in city traffic, within their first four hours of training.
  • Integrity – during the first four hours of training, if your instructor feels that you are not likely to become and employable truck driver in a reasonable period of time, he/she will inform you. You may then decide to discontinue training and pay only for the fours hours training you received or you may decide to continue training for as long as you feel it is worth your time and money.
  • Training of drivers for small, medium and large businesses
 

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If you would like more information about how we can train you to get a CDL and take advantage of the commercial truck drivers shortage, contact us today.