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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

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

Maverick Raises Pay for Flatbed, Glass Division Drivers

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

Maverick Transportation has announced a 5-cent per mile pay increase for drivers in its Flatbed and Glass over-the-road divisions. The pay increase is applicable to all drivers in both divisions, including student drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Maverick, Driver Pay, Drivers

October 27, 2017 - Industry News

Boyd Bros. Offers $14,000 Signing Bonus for Flatbed Drivers

Photo: Boyd Bros.

Boyd Bros. Transportation has announced $14,000 in sign-on bonuses for experienced flatbed CDL-A holders who join the carrier as company drivers before the end of the year.

Tags: CDL, Driver Shortage, Boyd Group, Flatbeds, Driver Pay, Drivers

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 22, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Shortage Could Hit All Time High This Year

From left, Derek Leathers, Rebecca Brewster, and Bob Costello talk numbers at ATA. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - The trucking industry could be short 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017, warned American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello Sunday at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

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

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Pay Hikes Abound as Fleets Try to Retain Drivers

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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

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Turnover at Large Truckload Carriers Hits Highest Point in 2 Years

The turnover rate at truckload carriers surged in the second quarter of 2017, according to American Trucking Associations, possibly reflecting a tightening market for drivers.

Tags: American Trucking Associations, Driver Shortage, Driver Turnover

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Nominations Open for 10th Annual Best Fleets to Drive For Contest

Photo: TCA

The Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge are once again seeking nominations for the 10th annual Best Fleets to Drive For, a list of companies that are honored for focusing on workplace culture and commitment to drivers.

Tags: Driver Shortage, TCA, Best Fleets to Drive For, Driver Retention, CarriersEdge

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

June 1, 2017 - Global News

Report: Autonomous Trucks Could Kill Millions of Jobs by 2030

Photo via International Transport Forum report.

A new report out of Europe is projecting that 50-70% of truck driving jobs could become redundant by 2030 as a result of self-driving truck technology.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Europe, Autonomous Vehicles

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

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

State of Trucking for 2017: The Driver Shortage

State of the 2017 Trucking Industry courtesy of Driver Solutions

Designed to help show the current state and future forecast of trucking, this infographic breaks down the economic state of trucking, while also diving into one of the industry's greatest issues - the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, State of the Industry, Driver Solutions

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

November 16, 2016 - Industry News

Driver Recruiting Company Tenstreet Receives ‘Significant Investment’

Tenstreet, a web-based provider of driver recruiting software and workflow solutions, has received what it calls a significant investment from Spectrum Equity, a growth equity firm.

Tags: Recruiting, Investment, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention, Information Technology

August 19, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Proposes Younger Driver Pilot Program for Former Military

A proposed pilot program using former military drivers would attempt to answer the question of whether 18- to 20-year-old truck drivers are as safe as those 21 and over.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Shortage, Younger Drivers

July 15, 2016 - Industry News

Carrier Pledges 1,200 Veteran Hires by 2020

Averitt Express has pledged to add 1,200 veterans to its driving workforce by 2020 as part of its ongoing commitment to hiring military veterans.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Veterans, Hiring Veterans

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio Eases Way for Deaf or Hearing-Impaired Drivers to Get CDLs

Image: Ohio Governor's Office

Ohio state agencies have teamed up to develop procedures for deaf or hearing-impaired Ohioans who qualify for a federal hearing-exemption waiver to train and test for obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License.

Tags: FMCSA, Ohio, Driver Shortage, Deaf and Hearing Impaired Drivers

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