Some fleet managers are reporting signs of an extreme driver shortage in certain areas, reports Heavy Duty Trucking:
The shortage of truck drivers in both Canada and the U.S. will eventually cause prices to rise for consumers if the situation isn’t resolved, reports the Windsor Star.
Truck driving is a skilled occupation that should not be lumped in with burger flippers and other low wage/low skill jobs in order for the industry’s jobs strategy to work. Temporary foreign workers program won’t fix driver shortage, but essential to fill seats.
Once again, a major court in North America has concluded independent contractors be considered employees due to the amount of control the carrier exhibited over the drivers’ day-to-day work.
The myriad of regulations in the U.S. could leave the trucking industry having to hire twice as many drivers by 2018 as it does today to offset productivity losses