Driver Shortages to Continue and Grow

As Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO, notes, “The long-haul truckload segment of our industry is experiencing a current shortfall of approximately 20,000 drivers. Unfortunately, there is no single ‘silver-bullet’ approach that will solve the problem. This issue has been before the industry for quite some time. Yet recruiting, training and retaining qualified truck drivers is as daunting a task now as it was several years ago. In fact, it’s probably a bigger task now given not only the continued publication of new, more stringent safety rules, but also because of security requirements.”

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