Oakville – Drive capacity is often an issue for the trucking industry, as it’s difficult to both employ and retain drivers. However, according to a consultant with the Freight Transportation Research Associates, the number is expected to increase.
For the last three to four years, the industry has experienced a shortage of roughly 150,000 drivers. While the demand for drivers is increasing, there is a lack of interest in the younger generation to take the place of drivers retiring at the age of 55. That’s because the younger generation is more interested in technology-savvy positions.
In order to attract younger drivers and mind the gap, the industry must invest in technological expectations and education that will give future drivers an understanding of how the industry works. It’s important for future generations to understand that a job in the industry can be very rewarding.
Transcourt, January 2016