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October 21, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Top Challenge for Heavy-Duty Fleets

Graph via CKCVR.

An annual survey of fleet representatives found that the driver shortage and improving fuel efficiency are among the key issues for heavy-duty fleets. The findings were published in the CK Commercial Vehicle Research 2014 Annual Fleet Study.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Driver Shortage, Fleet Survey, CKCVR

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Shows Hours of Service Top Trucking Concern

ATRI President, COO Rebecca Brewster. Photo: Evan Lockridge

SAN DIEGO -- The American Transportation Research Institute on Monday unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry, during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

Tags: ATA, Research, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, Electronic Logging Devices, ATRI, ELDs, ATA MC&E

October 1, 2014 - Industry News

Con-way Ups Tuition Program to Fight Driver Shortage

Photo via Con-way Truckload.

Con-way Truckload is rolling out a new tuition reimbursement program to entice new drivers to attend a professional driving school and work for the company.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Commercial Driver's License, Con-way Truckload, Truck Driving Schools

September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Understanding the Driver Shortage

The driver lifestyle needs to be addressed in order to solve the driver shortage. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

For truckload carriers, the number one problem is the driver shortage – but the reasons go beyond pay, said Stifel's John Larkin at TMW Systems’ annual user conference in Nashville Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems, Stifel Nicolaus, Driver Pay

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

John Larkin told attendees at TMW Systems' user conference that trucking productivity could take a hit. Photo: Jim Beach

Logistics cost as a percent of GDP has been declining over the last 30 years, from 16% before deregulation to 8% now. But while logistics costs have been reduced, productivity has leveled out and may even decrease, according to Stifel's John Larkin, speaking at TMW's annual user conference.

Tags: Productivity, Economy, Driver Shortage, TMW Systems

September 17, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Leads Quality Carriers to Start Bulk Rail Intermodal Service

Quality said it completed testing of the service with its western rail partner earlier in the current quarter and has begun initial shipments with some of its largest customers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Intermodal, Fleets, Quality Distribution, Quality Carriers

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Capacity Crunch Changes Relationships Between Carriers, Shippers

Paul Newbourne of Armada, left, and Craig Brown of Maverick Transportation talk about the capacity crunch. (Photo: Deborah Lockridge)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Partnership. Collaboration. Shipper of Choice. These were the buzzwords at this week's FTR Transportation Conference as truck and rail providers, shippers and others discussed the current capacity crunch and what's ahead for the freight transportation industry.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Shippers, Capacity

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Moves Beyond Truckload; Worst Yet to Come

Stifel's John Larkin says that the driver shortage is now affecting less-than-truckload, private fleets and other industry sectors. Photo: Southeastern Freight Lines.

Driver turnover, a problem that has traditionally plagued longhaul, irregular-route truckload fleets, is now affecting every type of fleet in the industry – and it's only going to get worse, according to industry analysts at investment advisory firm Stifel.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Stifel Nicolaus, Drivers

September 8, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Indicates Extreme Pressure on Available Capacity

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. FTR says the TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected.

Tags: Driver Shortage, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index, Capacity, Spot Freight

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Survey: Pay Most Important for Drivers in Deciding Where to Work

A new survey asked thousands of truck drivers nationwide what makes them choose one job over another, and pay came out as the top reason, followed by the amount of time they get at home and then benefits.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Recruiting, Retention, National Retail Systems

May 20, 2014 - Industry News

ALK Conference Keynote Addresses Driver Retention

Richie Henderson, J.B. Hunt Transport's senior vice president of administration and technology, gives the May 20 keynote.

During his opening keynote during the ALK Technology Conference, J.B. Hunt's Richie Henderson outlined the causes of the ongoing driver shortage, how to resolve it, and how technology can help.

Tags: CSA, Driver Shortage, HOS, J.B. Hunt, ALK Technologies

May 6, 2014 - Industry News

AMSA Receives Grant to Address Driver Shortage through Online Resources

The American Moving & Storage Association has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the National Network of Business and Industry Associations to create an online clearinghouse to help members recruit and retain new and existing van drivers, and to promote the careers in the moving industry to prospective workers.

Tags: Driver Shortage, AMSA, American Moving & Storage Association

January 16, 2014 - Industry News

New HOS Rules Continue to Impact Bottom Lines

Transport Capital Partners fourth-quarter survey results show new hours-of-service impacting productivity, carriers expecting wages to climb, and more entry-level drivers to be sought by fleets.

Tags: Driver Shortage, HOS, Driver Turnover, TCP, Driver Pay

November 19, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Shippers Conditions Index Edges Higher in September

Even though FTR's Shippers Conditions Index improved marginally in September along with a small improvement in the environment affecting shippers it is not expected to hold.

Tags: Driver Shortage, HOS, FTR, SCI

October 22, 2013 - Industry News

ATA: Trucking Short of Nearly 100,000 Drivers Annually

On Tuesday American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello said fleets are adjusting to continued tightness in the driver market by increasing pay and hiring newer drivers.

Tags: Drivers, ATA, Driver Shortage, ATA2013

October 21, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Says: Hours of Service Top Trucking Industry Concern

ATRI President and COO Rebecca Brewster delivering the results of a survey of top trucking industry concerns. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO -- The changes to the federal commercial driver hours of service rules that went into effect July 1 caused the issue to top the American Transportation Research Institute's annual survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives, truck drivers, trucking industry suppliers and government.

Tags: Economy, ATA, CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, EOBR, ATRI, ATA2013

June 11, 2013 - Industry News

FTR Gives Insight Into State of General Economy, Trucking Industry

To sum up the general economic outlook for the upcoming months in one sentence: More of the same for 2013 and then better in 2014. That is how FTR Associates Senior Consultant Bill Witte predicted the overall economy will be in the near future at the recent State of Freight Summit held by FTR.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, FTR, State of Freight

May 3, 2013 - Industry News

Survey Shows Private Fleets More Willing to Add Capacity

The FSR Buying Index fell to 97.5 from the previous quarter’s reading of 103.8. The index measures percent of fleets planning to buy medium/heavy-duty trucks and trailers

Private fleets are currently adding capacity at a faster rate than for-hire fleets, according to the Q2 2013 Fleet Sentiment survey conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research. Half of the private fleets participating in the quarterly survey indicated they were adding capacity with the power units they expected to purchase (in the next three months), with an average of more than 40% of those orders designated for that purpose.

Tags: Driver Shortage, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, Capacity, Private Fleets

March 25, 2013 - Industry News

CDL Schools Say Proposed Training Standards Would Make Driver Shortage Worse

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, right, and a panel of FMCSA officials listen to comments about proposed entry level driver training regulations.

In a Friday "listening session" the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hosted regarding its proposed entry-level driver training stories, truck driver training school officials warned that the proposal would make the current driver shortage even worse.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Mid-America Trucking Show, Anne Ferro

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

Immigration Reform Could Affect Truck Driver Pool

President Obama is making comprehensive immigration reform a major goal for his second term, and in the wake of the 2012 presidential election many Republicans are saying the time has come to reconsider their party’s hardline stance. That could play into the driver shortage.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage

March 7, 2013 - Industry News

States Ease CDL Restrictions for Military

In the past two years, 34 states have adopted laws that allow motor vehicle departments to waive the CDL skills test for qualified military veterans, the Obama administration says in a new report.

Tags: Drivers, CDL, Driver Shortage, Veterans

February 22, 2013 - Industry News

Growing Gap of Drivers Will Cost Canada's Economy

Tens of thousands of truck drivers are approaching retirement age, but very few young people and immigrants are entering the industry. A new Conference Board of Canada report concludes that the gap between the supply of drivers and the demand for them - estimated at 25,000 by 2020 - could be costly to the Canadian economy.

Tags: Canada, Driver Shortage

December 27, 2012 - Industry News

Top 10 Trucking Stories and Trends from 2012, Part 2

Last week, we brought you the first three of our (reverse order) picks for the top trucking-related stories and trends of the past year. Today, the next three on our list of 2012's biggest news

Tags: Industry, Navistar, Driver Shortage, Natural Gas

December 11, 2012 - Industry News

Driver Turnover at Truckload Carriers Remains High in Q3

The annualized linehaul driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets remained over 100% for the second straight month, and the churn at smaller truckload carriers rose to a five-year high, according to American Trucking Associations Trucking Activity Report

Tags: Fleets, Drivers, Driver Shortage

November 5, 2012 - Industry News

ATA Releases Driver Shortage Analysis Paper

American Trucking Associations released an analysis of the shortage of truck drivers, concluding that the current shortage is acute and limited primarily to the truckload sector of the industry; but that long-term trends could cause the shortage to explode in the next decade

Tags: Industry, ATA, Driver Shortage

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