ATA: Truck driver shortage could reach 175,000 by 2024

The trucking industry will need to hire 890,000 new drivers, an average of 89,000 per year, in order to keep pace with demand, according to a new report from the American Trucking Associations.

ATA: Truck driver shortage could reach 175,000 by 2024

The trucking industry will need to hire 890,000 new drivers, an average of 89,000 per year, in order to keep pace with demand, according to a new report from the American Trucking Associations.

ATA: Truck driver shortage could reach 175,000 by 2024

The trucking industry will need to hire 890,000 new drivers, an average of 89,000 per year, in order to keep pace with demand, according to a new report from the American Trucking Associations.

 
The shortage of drivers in the trucking industry will reach 48,000 by the end of 2015 and could expand further due to industry growth and a retiring workforce, according to a new report from the American Trucking Associations.
    The ATA’s analysis projects that the shortage could grow to as many as 175,000 drivers by 2024, if “current trends hold.” The trucking industry will need to hire 890,000 new drivers, an average of 89,000 per year, in order to keep pace with demand, according to the report.
    “Roughly half, 45 percent, of demand for drivers comes from the need to replace retiring drivers; industry growth is the second leading driver of new hiring, accounting for 33 percent of the need,” ATA noted.
    The report did not factor in any impacts of pending federal regulations like electronic logging on the driver shortage.
    “The ability to find enough qualified drivers is one of our industry’s biggest challenges,” ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said of the analysis. “This latest report plainly lays out the problem – as well as some possible solutions – to the driver shortage.”
   “An important thing we learned in this analysis is that this isn’t strictly a numbers problem, it is a quality problem too,” added ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Fleets consistently report receiving applications for open positions, but that many of those candidates do not meet the criteria to be hired. According our research, 88 percent of carriers said most applicants are not qualified.”
    “Our work shows the great and growing need for drivers, but we also highlight several solutions including increasing driver pay, getting drivers more time at home, as well as improving the image of the driver and their treatment by all companies in the supply chain,” said Costello. “Make no mistake, the driver shortage is a challenge, but it is not an insurmountable one.”

Louisiana is said to be the hardest-hit state by proposed tariffs overall, with the vast majority of that impact coming from soybeans. Not because we are the top soy-producing state, but because we are the gateway port for that product to the rest of the world.

Spot container rates from Shanghai to Los Angeles stood at $1,335 per FEU as of May 23, down 2% year-over-year, while rates from Shanghai to New York totaled $2,656 per FEU, up 8% year-over-year, according to Drewry’s World Container Index.

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Oct 07, 2015 on Dec 27, 2018AmericanShipper.com