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April 20, 2018 - Industry News

Intermodal Cartage Truck Drivers Receive 30% Pay Raise

Intermodal Cartage Company is offering truck drivers a 30% pay raise in order to recruit and retain drivers. Photo via IMCC

Memphis-based Intermodal Cartage Company has announced a 30% pay raise for its drivers to proactively reach out to more prospective employees at the drayage carrier.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Most Transportation Companies Plan to Grow Workforce in 2018

Finding and retaining qualified drivers remains a top concern for trucking companies in 2018. Image: HireRight

HireRight's survey found that while the majority of transportation companies planned to increase their workforce in 2018, they were concerned about how difficult it was to find qualified candidates.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Driver Shortage, Hiring, Driver Retention, HireRight

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Driver Pay has Increased to Meet Freight Demand

Driver pay has increased by as much as 18% in the past few years as fleets compete for an ever smaller pool of qualified truck drivers. HDT Illustration

A competitive market for truck drivers has caused driver pay to increase significantly as fleets look to meet increased demand for freight transportation services.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Survey, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Turnover Rate Declines but Driver Shortage Still a Concern

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the fourt quarter of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than for the previous year.

The driver turnover rate for truckload carriers fell in the final three months of 2017, but the rate remained 14 points higher than it was for the previous year.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention, Employment

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

ATA's Spear: Trucking Deserves a Stronger Role in Policy

Spear wants trucking to take its rightful seat at the negotiating table and make certain it was not cut out of the picture in the legislative, policy and technology issues both today and in the future. Photo: Jack Roberts

At the TMC Annual meeting, ATA president Chris Spear said that the time was right for trucking to take its rightful seat at the negotiating table, tell its story and make certain it was not cut out of the picture in the legislative, policy and technology issues both today and in the future.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, TMC, Driver Shortage

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

American Central Transport Driver Raise Includes Detention Pay

ACT contract drivers will be paid an additional 2 cents per mile and company drivers will receive a pay raise and be eligible for up to $500 in monthly bonuses. Photo via ACT

American Central Transport has announced that it is increasing both contractor and company driver pay this month as well as implementing a new bonus for company drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Uber: Self-Driving Trucks Could Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

Uber stated in a blog post that it expects self-driving trucks to help the industry deal with higher demand. Photo via Uber

Mixed fleets with self-driving long-haul trucks and traditional human-driven regional routes could help the trucking industry address the problem of an aging driver workforce, said Uber in a recent company blog post.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking, Regional Haul, Drivers, Truck Drivers

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Fleets Reach Out to Drivers With Better Per-Mile Pay

Southern Refrigerated Transport announced its second pay bump in six months. Photo: Southern Refrigerated Transport

In an effort to attract and retain truck drivers, Southern Refrigerated Transport and KLLM both announced major per-mile pay increases.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Southern Refrigerated Transport, Drivers, Truck Drivers

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Covenant Offers Up to $40,000 in Team Driver Bonuses

Covenant Transport has announced a new Teaming Bonus program with incentives of up to $40,000 that is aimed at driving teams and single drivers willing to convert to teaming.

Tags: Recruiting, Employee Incentives, Driver Shortage, Covenant Transport, Driver Pay, Employment

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

TransForce Acquires Truckdrivingjobs.com Parent Firm

TransForce has acquired the assets of Trucking Unlimited, which operates Truckdrivingjobs.com, a job board that matches motor carriers with truck drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Mergers & Acquisitions, TransForce, Employment

December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Turnover up at Large Truckload Fleets

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets rose five percentage points in the third quarter to an annualized rate of 95%, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello.

Tags: ATA, Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Driver Retention

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Bulldog Driver Pay Hike Includes Guaranteed Minimum Salary

With Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express (second from right) are senior drivers (left to right), Robert Gibbs, Timothy Smith,and Gerald Waring. Photo courtesy of Bulldog Hiway Express

Bulldog Hiway Express, a Daseke company, has announced a driver-compensation program called Salary Plus thatincludes a guaranteed minimum salary of $1,000 a week in its flatbed division.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Daseke Inc., Bulldog

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

ATA's Workforce Development Subcommittee to Tackle Worker Shortages

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations announced the creation of its Workforce Development Subcommittee to address the issue of recruiting, training, and retaining personnel to work in the trucking industry.

Tags: Technician Shortage, ATA, Training, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Driver Shortage, ATA MC&E

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Tops ATRI's Critical Industry Issues List

Driver-related issues took the top five spots on this year's report. Photo: Plastic Express

ORLANDO – For the first time since 2006, the driver shortage is number one on the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual top industry issues report, surging six spots higher, followed by two concerns closely related to drivers: ELDs and hours of service.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, ATA MC&E

October 23, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Supports Apprenticeship Program Expansion

U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta speaking at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

ORLANDO – The Trump administration will make it easier for groups such as the American Trucking Associations and the trucking industry to put in place apprentice programs to cross the job skills gap and help address driver and technician shortages, said U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta at ATA’s annual meeting.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Driver Shortage, Department of Labor, ATA MC&E, Vocational Training, Donald Trump

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Pay Hikes Abound as Fleets Try to Retain Drivers

HDT File Image

Several fleets have announced pay and benefit increases for drivers as the industry keeps trying to address the driver shortage.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

CRST Expedited Boosts New Driver Pay 15%

CRST Expedited has announced a 15% pay increase for new contract student drivers, who have received commercial driver’s license training through the company’s sponsored training program.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, CRST, Driver Pay

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

ATA to California: Don't Mess With Trucking

ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. Photo: Jim Beach

State governments, especially California, need to understand they can’t “mess with trucking,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, at the TMW Systems and Peoplenet in.site User Conference + Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, California, Driver Shortage, Autonomous Vehicles

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI: What Makes Younger Drivers Safe?

Photo via ATRI

The American Transportation Research Institute released the phase one findings of its research into whether safe younger drivers can be identified through certain characteristics, in hopes of developing an assessment tool that will make it easier for companies to hire younger drivers in face of a truck driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Younger Drivers

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Turnover Increases; Still Historically Low

The turnover rate at U.S. truckload fleets increased during the first three months of 2017 while remaining at historically low levels, according to the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Truckload, Less Than Truckload

May 4, 2017 - Industry News

Fleet Sentiment Report: Things Are Good, Not Great

Photo: International

The outlook of fleets in the second quarter of 2017 was generally positive, but it was not much better than in the early part of the year, according to a survey by CK Commercial Vehicle Research.

Tags: Productivity, Survey, Driver Shortage, Truck Orders, CKCVR

May 3, 2017 - Industry News

Swift Campaigning Digitally for Driving Force

Photo: Swift

Swift Transportation has announced a new strategic marketing campaign called Swift’s Driving Force that's aimed at reaching new drivers by highlighting the company’s culture, size, and emphasis on people.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Swift Transportation, Online Marketing

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Women and Men Leave Truck Driving Jobs for Different Reasons

Photo: Women in Trucking

A turnover survey of women drivers has found that dissatisfaction with tractors topped a list of reasons why the leave a carrier.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover, Women Drivers

March 29, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Seeks Driver Input on Key Industry Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute is seeking driver perspectives on a number of top industry issues through an online survey.

Tags: Highway Safety, Survey, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Infrastructure Funding

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Report on Autonomous Vehicles Examines Industry Concerns

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Hours of service, CSA scores and the driver shortage are all areas identified as being impacted by autonomous vehicle technology in a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Autonomous Vehicles

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