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Shortage of drivers presents major challenge for trucking industry

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We may soon see more female trucks drivers.  That’s one of many possible solutions for a growing driver shortage that could lead to increased truck freight rates.  Canada will face a shortage of about 33,000 drivers by 2020, while the U.S. is currently facing a shortage of 30,000.

Other possible solutions include a wide range of industry and government initiatives:

  • Increased compensation for drivers
  • Recognizing truck driving as skilled trade with formal training and apprentice programs
  • Changing immigration laws to allow recruitment of foreign drivers
  • Redesigning the truck cab to make it more female friendly

Daimler, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of trucks, is testing trucks that don’t require drivers,
a solution that appears radical, but could be closer to reality than many people think. 

For more information, contact William Sanchez, Manager – Truck Services.

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