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How to Combat the Driver Shortage

Posted by Jordan Wilson on Jul 31, 2017 4:49:12 PM

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Everyone in the trucking industry knows there is a driver shortage for company drivers. The driver shortage has been a steadily growing issue due to retiring drivers, lack of qualified drivers and industry turnover. Projections put the shortfall at as many as 175,000 drivers needed by 2024 

According to the American Trucking Association, the amount of freight moved by trucks is expected to increase nearly 27% by 2027. So, unless something changes, the shortage will only get worse.

Regulations, like age restrictions and ELD mandate, are making it harder for companies to find qualified drivers. At 18, you can join the military and drive a truck in Afghanistan. But, back in the US, you'd have to wait 2 years to drive a truck.

The American Trucking Association (ATA) is working on a pilot program to allow civilian drivers under the age of 21 to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce. Currently, the DOT has a pilot program for military personnel under the age of 21 but only if their occupation classification is driving a truck.

According to Commercial Carrier Journal, "A New York congresswoman has introduced legislation that would expand a pilot program that allows some 18 to 21-year-olds to drive trucks across state lines."

Trucking companies have made a point to hire thousands of military veterans by connecting directly to each military branch. 

Companies are also connecting directly with driving schools to recruit drivers immediately after they finish.

Reaching out to more women is another way to help companies deal with driver shortage.

In order to combat the shortage, companies are going to have to start offering drivers the benefits they are requesting.

Alabama Motor Express is working hard to make truck driver's lives better by offering more benefits and working to get drivers home more often.

AMX offers driver benefits including:

  • 401K Company Matching Program
  • Major medical, dental, & vision coverage
  • Paid life insurance for employee, spouse & dependents.

AMX uses brand new, top of the line equipment with standard options like:

  • Refrigerators
  • Bluetooth
  • Auxiliary Power Units (APU)

2800-3000 average miles paid per week including:

  • Lay over pay
  • Loading & unloading pay
  • Stop off pay

70% of AMX's trucks are drop & hook, meaning wait time is minimal. And, considering wait time for drivers can be upwards of 6 hours in a day restricted to 12 hours, reducing wait time is a serious concern.

 

AMX is always looking to hire drivers to get people the freight they need daily. Click the link below to apply!

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