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Trucker shortage increases as regulators make it easier to quit field

The US trucking industry continues to struggle to find young people as regulators squeeze every drop of fun out of jobs

Trucker shortage increases as regulators make it easier to quit field

The US trucking industry continues to struggle to find young people as regulators squeeze every drop of fun out of jobs

16 April 2019 - 19:00

The US trucking industry continues to struggle to find young people as regulators squeeze every drop of fun out of jobs.

Installing in-cab electronic logging devices to keep truck drivers compliant with federal hours of services regulations have driven owner-operators out of the industry, reports American Shipper.



The trucking industry also has run up against various state marijuana legalisations, which have increasingly led to positive drug tests.



'If you continue to do business with a trucker on that list, you will be held accountable,?said Jarred Winkel, general manager of Schneider Port Logistics.



The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to implement an online database that will allow agencies to identify commercial driver's licence (CDL) holders who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing programme requirements.



California is putting pressure on port drivers with unsettled traffic violations or court judgments.



The driver shortage has accelerated since 2010, with more than 217,000 new drivers currently being sought by the country's trucking companies. By 2027, as many as 900,000 new drivers will be needed as more aging truckers leave the industry.



The average age of the current truck driver pool in the US is 55 years old, with the average retirement age of 63.



While 48 states permit individuals to obtain a CDL and drive trucks at age 18, federal regulations prevent those drivers from crossing state lines until they turn 21.



The DRIVE Safe Act would allow certified CDL holders already permitted to drive intrastate the opportunity to participate in a rigorous apprenticeship programme designed to help them master interstate driving, while also promoting enhanced safety training for emerging members of the workforce.


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