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TRUCK

SHORTAGE

Current Truck Driver
Shortage Statistics


The trucking industry turnover rate was

87% in 2017.


Current shortage is

48,000 drivers.


If trends remain the same, the truck driver shortage could be

330,000 by 2024.

REASONS FOR THE TRUCK DRIVER SHORTAGE

  • DIFFICULT HOURS

    Truck driving requires long and abnormal hours of work.

  • AGING WORKERS

    The majority of truck drivers are within a decade of retirement.

  • MILLENNIAL DISINTEREST

    Younger drivers are not replacing old workers.

  • LOWER PAY

    Stifling regulations and higher gas prices have decreased wages.

  • REGULATION

    Standards on driving hours and safety rules are difficult to maintain.

  • GENDER GAP

    Only 6% of truck drivers are female.

Truck Shortage and Distracted Driving

Increased distractions like texting-while-driving, Bluetooth, streaming videos, etc. are available to truck drivers.

Driver distraction is a top concern for truck drivers and regular motorists.

Inattentive driving is a side effect of increased hours and less sleep.

EFFECTS OF TRUCK DRIVER SHORTAGE ON TRAFFIC SAFETY

Inexperienced drivers

Younger or unqualified drivers hired to offset the shortage are a risk on the road.

Drowsy Drivers

Truck drivers are working longer hours with less sleep.

Malfunction or Accident

Fewer drivers require more trips per driver and truck, resulting in increased wear-and-tear.

Sources:

http://ltxsolutions.com/truck-driver-shortage-causes-problems-solutions/

https://www.freightwaves.com/news/driver-shortage-ata-estimates

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/13/heres-what-its-like-to-be-a-woman-truck-driver.html

https://atri-online.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/ATRI-Top-Industry-Issues-2018.pdf