Driver Dilemma: An In-Depth Series on the Driver Shortage

January 2015, - WebXclusive

by HDT Staff

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Without truck drivers, the freight won’t get delivered. If those drivers aren’t safe, it may not get there in one piece and the carrier could face regulatory and civil legal repercussions. If those drivers aren’t happy, they probably won’t provide good customer service.

But the industry is facing a situation that many have called “the perfect storm,” with demographics, regulatory and economic pressures creating a shortage of safe, qualified, quality drivers like none seen before.

For 2015, as the trucking industry deals with the worst driver shortage and capacity crunch in its history, Heavy Duty Trucking has delved into the topic with a 10-part series covering everything from driver pay to employee engagement, from using owner-operators to keeping drivers safe and legal.

Below you'll find the complete series, as well as related articles, news and commentary from

In the Magazine

Part 1, January HDT: In Search of Drivers

Part 2, February HDT: How Important is Pay?

Photo courtesy UPS
Photo courtesy UPS

Part 3, March HDT: Expanding the Driver Pool

Part 4, April HDT: In Search of Owner-Operators

Part 5, May HDT: Training for the Long Haul

Part 6, June HDT: Fleets Can Help Drivers Maximize Fuel Economy

Part 7, July HDT: Can Autonomous Trucks Solve the Driver Shortage?

Part 8, September HDT: How To Build An Engaged Driver Workforce

Part 9, October HDT: How CSA Compliance Can Benefit Fleets and Drivers

Part 10, November HDT: The Impact of Truck Driver Wellness Programs

WebXclusive Features

Art Johansson and Amanda Jones are a husband-wife driving team. Photo courtesy Drivewyze.
Art Johansson and Amanda Jones are a husband-wife driving team. Photo courtesy Drivewyze.

How Not to Lose Sleep Over Apnea

Do Sign-On Bonuses Work?

The Risks of Hiring Inexperienced Drivers

How Nice Cabs Can Affect Driver Satisfaction

Attracting and Retaining Drivers with Satellite TV

Driver Shortage in the News

Driver Shortage Hits Highest Recorded Level in 2015 (10/6/2015)

Driver Shortage A 'Primary Concern' to 3PLs & Shippers (9/28/2015)

Looming Capacity Crunch Could Lead to Trucking Golden Age (9/15/2015)

Driver Issues May Hurt Trucking Industry Growth in 2015 (2/12/2015)

Drivers Prefer Percentage Split Over Other Payment Methods (1/29/2015)

Half of Carriers Offer Sign-On Bonuses, says ATA Study (1/8/2015)

Carriers Could Pay Higher Wages to Address Driver Shortage (1/6/2015)

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce (12/3/2014)

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers (12/2/2014)


Would You Drive for Your Fleet?

The Smart Road to Younger Drivers

Don't Leave Trade Schools out of 'Free College' Debate

Regulatory Drag and the Driver Shortage


  1. 1. jim Southworth [ January 30, 2015 @ 04:55PM ]

    As a driver and owner operator for 44 years I laugh at all the crying of companies can't get or retain drivers. Why don't you add restrictions on the drivers and equipment they are driving. I live in Mi. and just witnessed a 193 vehicle pile up on I 94. 76 were trucks with companies saying our drivers aren't allowed CB's in their trucks beause they are distracting ( not all of them) . Our trucks are equiped with electronic logs ( to make the public ) safer. You have run off the experienced drivers with all these silly regulations and you have a whole bunch of X drivers out there badmouthing the whole industry. I retired with a pension ( ever hear of that ) not with a 401 nothing. I know your so called companies don't want to hear that ( costs to much ) that we will regulate the the small companies out of business to cut down on competition. I could go on for a long time but you don't have time to listen to me. So I keep getting HD Trucking and read your poor excuses of over regulating yourself out of business. ( I know lets get a bunch of illegal immigrants that don't understand english and will work for what ever we tell them is good. ) Jim Southworth 37 years a teamsters and 6.8 million miles on the road & for what its worth accident free. A proud truck driver.

  2. 2. Kenny Bilek [ February 13, 2015 @ 10:25PM ]

    Couldn't agree more! I have over 20 years driving and love what I do. As an experienced accident free driver myself, I to find that the industry as a whole is over regulated with stupidity. Though I'm on the fence with the whole cell phone deal, I think it's way over the top with the fines by using them even if it's totally hands free! (very stupid) It's no different than using a CB. Now if they out law them then it's a wander why there is a shortage! HHMMM, common since must be extinct? Oh, I forgot, this is 2015. Guess I need to stop living in the past, well then I guess I need to find another job then. I know that some if not most trucking co have no choice but to enforce such non since. I get it. But these companies need to speak out because the Bureaucrat's on Capital Hill are not going to listen to us! These is a lot to be said here but really, what's the point. Us experienced drivers have been saying this for many years and now it appears to be coming to a head. Well, this is to all you old timers out there, looks like we don't need that 'strike' anymore. It seems that time took care of it. You know, it's too bad really, I would love to get back into a rig, but I've come to the conclusion that trucking is more of a liability than a career. Drive safe, yours truly - Midnite Run.

  3. 3. steve [ April 19, 2015 @ 04:41PM ]

    Put a good seat ,fridge.and CB in every truck pay $ per hour for every hour worked. Then give extra pay to long term truck driver and matching money for pension. Require all foreign trucking companies to $24. while they are on us soil. the truck driver shortage would be gone in 6 months


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