Though the American Trucking Association (ATA) had recently announced that the trucking industry earned the country $676.2 billion worth of revenue last year, the industry is continuously threatened by workforce scarcity. An analysis of ATA revealed that truck driver shortage continues to be a problem since it was first documented in 2005.
Drivers’ age is one of the several reasons for the scarcity and ATA has identified some workable course of action to address the escalating issue that threatens to disrupt the general economy.
Some proposed solutions for driver scarcity
Driver shortage could increase to approximately 175,000 in 2024 if the industry fails to resolve the issue. One of the notable solutions of ATA that gains support from truck companies such as Centerline Drivers is to increase the number of CDL truck driver job openings, as well as provide opportunities to veterans.
It is also important that truck drivers receive a competitive compensation and benefits package to reduce the industry’s plight of the driver shortage. ATA had also proposed to lower the driving age to possibly tap 18 to 20 years old to drive along interstate highways.
Possible reasons for scarcity
Many truck drivers are increasingly getting older, but ATA had identified other causes of truck driver scarcity. In the analysis, ATA found that the industry has not broadened its scope in tapping other demographics. For example, few women consider trucking as a career and the trucking industry has not made any efforts to encourage women to drive large trucks.
In addition, truck hiring experienced a stiff competition from the construction industry in 2014. Unlike truck driving, people likely consider construction because it does not have too many responsibilities and they only work locally without needing to travel often.
The truck driver shortage could increase in the coming years if the industry does not implement any plans or programs to resolve it. Given the causes, the industry could be more creative in addressing the problem.