Driver Shortage

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March 26, 2015

Thermo King Sets Up Network of Drop Yards

The yards can be used for a "nominal" fee by almost all truckers, whether or not they're TK customers.

March 16, 2015

Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet?

Are you treating your drivers like employees?That may sound like an odd question. Unless you use owner-operators, of course your drivers are employees. But … do you really treat them like the rest of your employees?

March 16, 2015

Driver Dilemma: Expanding the Driver Pool

In the face of a shrinking, aging driver population with high levels of driver turnover the trucking industry and individual carriers are looking for ways to expand the driver pool.

March 13, 2015

Dart Offers Bose Seats to Drivers

Dartco has begun installing Bose Ride seats in its trucks for its drivers to improve comfort on long drives, the company announced. The seats will also be available as bonuses or performance incentives.

February 23, 2015

Driver Dilemma: How Important is Pay?

Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? The second in a series on the driver shortage.

February 12, 2015

Driver Issues May Hurt Trucking Industry Growth in 2015

Driver shortages, driver turnover and regulations could all affect the potential growth of the trucking industry in 2015, according to analysis from GE Capital.

February 4, 2015

Square Pegs, Round Holes: Trucking & Demographics

As far back as 1996, it was abundantly clear that the driver shortage as we knew it then was nothing compared to what we face today. The driver shortage then was just a puff of smoke on the horizon. Today, we could say the torpedoes are in the water. It didn't have to be that way.

January 29, 2015

Drivers Prefer Percentage Split Over Other Payment Methods

Drivers are more satisfied with a percentage split pay compared to hourly or per mile methods, according to a recent study by Stay Metrics.

January 23, 2015

Driver Dilemma: A Year-Long, In-Depth Series on the Driver Shortage

For 2015, as the trucking industry is dealing with the worst driver shortage and capacity crunch in its history, Heavy Duty Trucking is delving into the topic of truck drivers. A year-long series in the magazine is complemented by WebXclusive features.

January 23, 2015

Do Sign-On Bonuses Work?

"In the second half of 2010, we had zero companies offering sign-on bonuses. We've gone from zero to nearly 50 percent of the companies offering some sort of sign-on bonus or transition pay."

January 16, 2015

Commentary: Make 2015 the Year of Relationships

In the day-to-day hustle of deadlines, whether it’s a magazine article or blog, delivering freight or building trucks, it’s hard to find enough time to build and nurture relationships with friends and co-workers.

January 16, 2015

Driver Dilemma: In Search of Drivers

In what could be the worst driver shortage ever, the industry is currently short about 35,000 truck drivers, and we’ll need nearly 240,000 additional drivers by 2020. Unfortunately, fleets are finding it difficult to reverse the trend.

January 8, 2015

Half of Carriers Offer Sign-On Bonuses, says ATA Study

American Trucking Associations has released its 2014 Driver Compensation Study. Due to competition for drivers, it found, as much as 50% of truckload carriers are now offering sign-on bonuses as a way to attract new drivers.

January 6, 2015

Carriers Could Pay Higher Wages to Address Driver Shortage

A shortage of experienced drivers means carriers are hesitant to increase capacity, despite rising carrier costs and rates, according to the quarterly Transport Capital Partners Survey. Expect increases in driver wages this year as a result.

December 22, 2014

Report: Autoshifting Transmissions Save Fuel, Could Ease Driver Shortage

A new report from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency and the Carbon War Room verifies what manufacturers and many users have been saying about modern self-shifting gearboxes for some time.

December 12, 2014

15 Things to Watch For in 2015 (And Beyond)

A lot is changing in the trucking industry right now – technology, demographics, manufacturing, regulations and more. How will these changes affect your business? We’ve come up with 15 trends you should watch next year and beyond.

December 4, 2014

Trucking Unlimited Buys TruckDrivingJobs.com

The acquisition will allow Trucking Unlimited to streamline the process of both finding and posting online driving jobs.m for $800,000.

December 4, 2014

Dupre Logistics Gives Drivers Pay Increase

The Dupre Logistics Energy Distribution Services group announced that it would be giving its drivers a 5% to 9% pay increase to help it keep qualified drivers in a competitive market.

December 3, 2014

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

December 2, 2014

Obama Immigration Action Could Increase Pool of Truck Drivers

President Obama’s move to let some undocumented immigrants stay in the country clears the way for them to become professional truck drivers, but that path is neither simple nor quick.

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