The trucking industry has a growing demand for drivers with CDL training to replace retiring baby boomers and meet customer demand for shipments across the country.
In an interview with DelMarVa Now, Rosalyn Wilson, senior business analyst of consulting firm Delcan, said the United States has an 8.2 percent unemployment rate. The trucking industry, however, is seeking out new professional truck drivers qualified to safely transport goods on long hauls.
The annual truck driver turnover rate with large carriers across the country is at a four year high of 90 percent in the first quarter of 2012, compared to 75 percent in the first quarter of 2011. Small carrier turnover rate has also increased significantly, up to 71 percent in 2012 from 50 percent in 2011.
As a result of the trucker shortage, driver salaries increased 5 percent from 2011 to 2012, at an average of $50,000 from $45,000 12 months prior. Stricter federal limits on the number of hours a trucker can work is expected to take effect in 2013, further encouraging fleet managers to hire more drivers to meet demands while staying compliant with new regulations.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
After completing a study on future transportation fuels, leaders from the National Petroleum Council will provide an overview of their findings during a public presentation.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
The Mid-West Truckers Association will hold its second annual Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show on February 1-2, 2013, in Peoria, Illinois.
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
The Truckload Carriers Association recently released four webinars for fleet managers who want to learn about the best ways to recruit and hire military personnel with commercial drivers licenses.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
After Alyssa Van Meter, a truck driver working for OÂ’Hare Towing, was murdered in her home, drivers in the area came together to honor her memory.