US trucker shortage concerns industry experts

According to the American Transportation Associations, the US could be short 160,000 drivers by 2028. ATA said projections show the industry needs to hire a million new drivers over the next ten years to keep pace with retirements and growing freight demands.

An October 2020 report from the American Transportation Research Institute shows some top concerns among truckers are pay, the driver shortage, safety, and detention time. Detention time is the time spent waiting to load or unload, for which drivers typically are not paid.

ATRI said about 25 percent of truck drivers are 55 and older; this means that aging drivers who are leaving to retire add to the challenges. Some companies are bumping up pay to try to recruit new people.


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