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Driver Issues Dominate Top Industry Concerns List

Driver Issues Dominate Top Industry Concerns List

For the first time, driver compensation and detention/delay at customer facilities appeared on the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual Top 10 list of the Top Industry issues.

October 6, 2019

Uncertain Trucking Environment Puts Hold on Driver Pay Hikes and Capacity Additions
Despite Soft Freight Environment, Drivers Still In Demand
Labor Department Analysis Questions Driver Shortage

Labor Department Analysis Questions Driver Shortage

The American Trucking Associations has long said there’s a severe driver shortage, driven by factors such as demographic changes and an overall tight work force. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association contends there’s really not a shortage – just a shortage of pay and an abundance of poor treatment. Now an article published by the U.S. Department of Labor has provided new fuel for debate.

March 20, 2019

Turnover Rates Down at Large Fleets, Up at Small Fleets
Driver Training Delays Could Cost Economy $1.5 Billion Annually
Driver Pay: Making the Grade

Driver Pay: Making the Grade

The rising economy has whipped up the driver shortage and turnover situation to a froth that can only be smoothed by paying long-haul drivers considerably more — and more smartly.

January 12, 2018

Commentary: Regulatory Drag and the Driver Shortage
Vieth: Private Fleets Sitting Pretty

Vieth: Private Fleets Sitting Pretty

At the National Private Truck Council annual meeting, economist Kenny Vieth declared private fleets are now “sitting in the catbird seat” because they are “poised for growth” as the economy keeps gaining speed and freight volumes keep rising.

April 28, 2015

ATA MC&E: Economy Improves, Driver Shortage Continues

ATA MC&E: Economy Improves, Driver Shortage Continues

SAN DIEGO -- American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello discussed the current freight levels, highlighting the fact that the ATA truck tonnage index hit a record high in August, before posing questions to this year's economic panel.

October 7, 2014

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

Trucking Productivity Facing Challenges

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.

September 22, 2014

Economic Watch: Trucks Moving More NAFTA Trade

Economic Watch: Trucks Moving More NAFTA Trade

Three of the five transportation modes - truck, rail and pipeline - carried more U.S.-NAFTA trade in November 2013 than they did a year earlier, according to new figures from the U.S. Transportation Department.

January 29, 2014

Freight Indicators Hit or Near Record Highs
Economic Watch: Inflation Tame, Overall Conditions Improving
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