More stringent medical certifications, entry-level rules and electronic driver logs are contributing to a shortage of commercial truck drivers.
A new study published by the American Transportation Research Institute has estimated that traffic congestion costs the trucking industry just shy of $50 Billion per year.
Driver shortages that are already hurting trucking companies could worsen as lawmakers propose new regulations that analysts say would exacerbate the problem.
Data published this week by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) puts the impact of traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added over $49.6 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2014.
Fatal crashes were down in 2014 despite an increase in vehicles-miles-traveled, according to a recent report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Trucking company Pacific 9 Transportation has been ordered to give about $6.9 million in back pay to 38 drivers who say they were improperly treated as independent contractors rather than employees.
It seems the public’s view of trucking remains far more positive than we might think, according to a recently released national poll.
More than 40 percent of U.S. imports flow through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. An army of 14,000 short-haul truck drivers are tasked with hauling that cargo from the port complex to warehouses and rail yards around Southern California. But some of those truckers say, despite their critical role at the ports, they are among the lowest paid workers there, due to ridiculously long wait times.
Most fleet drivers are leaving hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars in tax deductions on the table because they’ve been given wrong information by their companies.
With a subdued economy, high turnover at large carriers and looming regulations, there is unlikely to be a single solution to the driver shortage problem.