The American Trucking Associations on Wednesday continued to tout the existence of a perceived shortage of truck drivers in the industry. In a report issued Wednesday, ATA asserted that the gap between the number of available, qualified drivers and the number of drivers needed by fleets is widening, with ATA forecasting the “driver shortage” estimate to reach 160,000 by 2028, if the current trendline continues.
ATA estimates there will be a driver shortfall of 59,500 this year — down slightly from its estimate of 60,800 for 2018, but well above the 2017 estimate of 50,700.
The estimates of the shortage of drivers are based on “simply the difference between the number of drivers needed to move the amount of freight that is out there and the supply of drivers,” says Costello. He says the driver shortfall is isolated mostly to the long-haul, over-the-road segment.
Of note, Overdrive has been an outlier in coverage of the driver shortage, casting doubt on whether the driver shortage is truly a reality. Likewise, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this year published a report questioning the efficacy of the widely accepted notion that there’s a shortage of truck drivers.
In ATA’s report issued Wednesday, “Truck Driver Shortage Analysis 2019,” ATA cites an aging driver pool, regulations, the tough lifestyle of the driving job and an inability to attract female drivers to the industry as key reasons for the lingering “driver shortage.” Also cited are other blue collar job options, such as available jobs in the construction industry, and restrictive regulations like hours of service.
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