Turnover Increases at Large Truckload Fleets

April 25, 2016

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The annualized turnover rate for large truckload fleets measured 102% in the fourth quarter of 2015, increasing by two percentage points, according to American Trucking Associations.

It was the second straight quarter that turnover at large TL fleets was at least at 100%. The last time turnover maintained this percentage rate was in 2012.

“This elevated turnover rate shows that the driver market remains a challenge for truckload fleets,” said Bob Costello, ATA chief economist. “Obviously, attracting and retaining drivers remains a top concern for the industry.”

Small truckload carriers fared slightly better, with a turnover rate of 89% in the final quarter of 2015. The rate increased during this period but it is still six points lower than it was at the end of 2014 and averaged only 79% for the year.

The turnover rate at less-than-truckload carriers rose one point to 11% in the final quarter and averaged 11% for all of 2015.

“The rising turnover rate, coupled with anecdotal reports from carriers, shows what a premium there is on experienced, safe drivers,” said Costello. “And those drivers have and will continue to benefit from rising wages and benefits.”


  1. 1. David C [ April 26, 2016 @ 03:50AM ]

    Get drivers home every week, pay them on time, pay them for all of the on duty time, pay them at least $1000. per week. You will have no problem getting good safe drivers. Stop the BS of...

  2. 2. MC [ April 26, 2016 @ 12:17PM ]

    @DAVID C - That would be the logical thing to do, but instead, these companies would rather pump millions into lobbying Washington for younger interstate CDL ages, heavier max weights on interstates and longer trailers. They never stop to think that $1million = 20 employees at $50k (about 15 employees if you figure in benefits). That's butts-in-seats and product being delivered instead of a lobbyist's (and government officials') pockets being lined.

  3. 3. williebill [ April 26, 2016 @ 12:33PM ]

    It won't get any better until the industry can recruit a better caliber pool of candidates to drive. You have to be smart to drive a truck. It's a big responsibility, and the driver must be able to multi-task, make quick intelligent decisions under loads of stress, in generally unfamiliar territory. If a company hires a person where during the interview the driver candidate is speaking the F word this person won't work out in the position. You can't expect a person who barely finished high school, or never worked a job before above minimum wage etc. to get the job done right. This is not the right type of person to drive a transport truck in any capacity. This is the type of person that we have seen being attracted/recruited to drive. There's much more to this than pay and home time.

  4. 4. Steve P [ April 26, 2016 @ 12:38PM ]

    Who wants the Job after 6 months the Drivers find out that
    1- You are treated like a Machine
    2- you are the punching bag of the Carrier,Shipper,Receiver,and Sta,Federal and Local Law Enforcement.
    3- no where to park and not be Harassed by many of the above .
    4- Cost of Living just for the Driver is around 15,000.00 per year.
    5- Many of the Truck Stops remind you of a War Zone or a Ghetto.
    6 - Getting home for most Holidays is not even miss ball games birthdays wedding anniversary and if you are really lucky get home for Christmas.
    7- in all their generosity you will get 1 day off for every week you are that does not mean 24 hours if they get you home at 6 pm to them you had a day off.
    8 - If you make a small mistake you are held to the utmost scrutiny unlike a dispatcher who is allowed to lie cheat and steal to get you to move a load he needs covered which promises you the world that you never receive.
    9 - then to top it off the General public treats you like scum of the earth even thou they know they cannot get anything or anywhere without the Trucks or the Drivers.
    10 - Thank you Drivers for putting up with all the Crap for some that do not Appreciate all you do.

    Yes this is a job every body cannot wait to get into.

  5. 5. B. Smith [ April 26, 2016 @ 01:16PM ]

    Read a sub article in this article telling how we (the drivers) didn't adjust to inflation since the 80's
    We should be making 111,000 plus a year or over $30.00 per hour hmmm

  6. 6. Scott [ April 26, 2016 @ 03:41PM ]

    Quit treating driver like steering-wheel holders and instead like the decision-making professionals they are and you won't have a driver shortage. Don't listen to the B.S. about a nationwide driver shortage. Business for Imbeciles 101 instructs you that rates don't go to $1 per mile when there is a driver shortage. Rates go to $1 per mile when there are too many trucks and too many truck drivers and not enough freight to accommodate them all. There are millions and millions of Americans willing to drive a truck for a living, but they don't want to be treated like a steering-wheel holder. Telling them when to drive, when to stop, when and where to eat, when to sleep. In-cab driver-facing cameras to watch drivers pick their noses and scratch their butts, all so the control freaks at dispatch can get their rocks off.

    Start treating drivers like decision-making professionals and you won't have a driver shortage where you work. Treat them like imbecilic steering-wheel holders then, yes, you will have shortages where you work.

  7. 7. Harold [ April 29, 2016 @ 03:36PM ]

    The reason you can not keep drivers, is as Scott stated!!
    The other reasons are, the drivers today are trained by 6 month old drivers that have never driven in the snow or real mountains!
    I was trained by a driver 48 years ago and pulled Swinging meat to the Bronx in NY. This man had been driving for 22 years!
    Now I am not saying you have to have 22 years, but have at least 6 years not 6 month's!
    I have hired some of these so called drivers and worked with them through the winters to help make them a driver, like do not keep your truck at low rpm on the ice! Get that RPM up out of the Torque range to keep from spinning the tires and loosing traction. DON'T Drive in the tracks, drive in the fresh snow, to get better traction!
    The drivers i have hired, tell me why didn't they teach me half the things you have shown me in drivers School???
    Because most of the instructors don't know these things, because lack of experience!!
    What you have are people that learned from book smart Politicians and 6 month old drivers, that have not a clue!.
    This is all about running the independents out of bus. and having only large company's running with everything computer controlled, so they can do away with half the Dot to save having to give the states money!
    Look at half the writers for the Trucking industries, They all back anything the Gov. puts out in the name of safety!! THEY don't even have Trucking experience except maybe 2 years at the most and they are telling you what too do.
    If you want everything the way they are trying to get it!!!
    JOIN THE UNION AND GET ALL THE BENEFITS you thing you should have as a driver not an owner operator!

  8. 8. steven browning [ July 22, 2017 @ 06:05PM ]

    Its all about the wages, benefits and working conditions..........ironically exactly what unions negotiate for drivers.........go figure


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