Is There Really A Trucker Shortage?

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Jake B.'s Comment
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You hear on the news that the country needs 50,000 truckers. It sounds quite excessive. What do you guys think?

BK's Comment
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I know it’s true Short truckers are in high demand

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I know it’s true Short truckers are in high demand

They'll have another one (me! short!) in January, I'm hoping!!!

You hear on the news that the country needs 50,000 truckers. It sounds quite excessive. What do you guys think?

Biden thinks so... he's trying to put the National Guards' butts in trucks, but Congress opposes. Hard to say; good topic ATM though!

~ Anne ~

PackRat's Comment
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How could there be when 400,000 new CDLs are issued each year?

There is a shortage of professional, safe, reliable, and dedicated drivers.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Did you know, China or it's subsidiaries OWN most of the ports in the US?? Just learned this today. Florida's Governor says they can handle the backlog IF they would reroute there to be offloaded. But China, like anyone else would most always, route their stuff to their OWN places, makes sense anyway.

Here's the Youtube link 5 minutes on topic

Davy A.'s Comment
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There is a shortage of professional, qualified safe drivers. There is an abundance of unsafe, low skilled and unprofessional drivers that pop up and then leave the industry.

US truckers born here are generally very anti federal government, conservative and anti socialist. If even a small portion of us walked off and or essentially strike, it would cause catastrophic system failure to the nation in a matter of days.

We represent a very large threat to the Progressive liberal media complex, and are likely to be on the front lines if the progs push socialism and or communism. You can bet your rapidly devaluing bottom dollar that the regime wants that threat mitigated.

Big Scott's Comment
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There is and always will be a shortage of truck drivers.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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You hear on the news that the country needs 50,000 truckers. It sounds quite excessive. What do you guys think?

There is quite a bit of turnover in the trucking industry. More people are retiring and or getting dismissed from their jobs in trucking than those who are being hired to replace them. Trucking is a difficult industry because it is highly demanding and there is so much that can go wrong at any given time. Baby-boomers, currently the largest generation that the US has had up to this point, have been retiring from trucking for about 2 decades now. That is quite a lot of highly qualified, safe, dedicated drivers. I don't know the ratio, but it takes more new drivers being trained and hired than those drivers who are retiring (not even counting the ones killed, fired, medically ineligible) because only a fraction of the new drivers will actually prove to be cutout for the work.

On top of this, the interest in trucking just hasn't been as high for the generations after baby-boomers. So, yes, there is a shortage of workers in trucking and a lot of fields because baby-boomers exiting the workforce has created the gap.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
BK's Comment
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When I went into Schneider training 4 years ago, there were 13 students on the first day. By the end of the training there were only 4 of us left. Now there are only 2 of us still driving. The best guy in the class (not me, lol) has been my best friend and a great driver. He’s on track to become a million miler and has been rewarded by Schneider with numerous pay raises and bonus’s. Unfortunately, he is the exception, not the rule.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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My class started with 64 students, was standing room only the first day. 2nd day, drug test/physical day, I think we lost over 20 lol. End of school, was only 24 of us left that got our licenses. Before the 6th month, there was "maybe" 10 left actually driving By 10th month and contract end, maybe 6 of us left, 1 year, just 2. Lil bit later thru contacts and gossip store, I was the only 1 that went 2 years there. More than half of them were loud mouth talkers, how they are gunna be Super Truckers, Lease Op's etc.....NONE got their, and most weren't cut out to drive anyways=safer roads for everyone lol.......Yeah HIGH turn over and failure rates

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