A national shortage of truck drivers is putting carriers in a pinch. As the baby boomer generation begins to retire not enough of the next generation is filling the voids.
Numbers from the American Trucking Associations suggest there is a shortage of 50,000 drivers. A number they say could reach 175,000 by 2026. More and more carriers are beginning to partner with local truck driving schools to find quality drivers by offering to pay tuition and increase starting salary once the student has completed training.
“This is a very recent phenomenon,” says Duane Boswell, Vice President of Operations for the Kansas Truck Driving School. “The parent company of Kansas Truck Driving School literally gets calls every week from trucking companies that needs drivers.”
Join KSN’s John Asebes on Thursday to see how trucking companies are adapting to the changing industry while hoping to attract more truck drivers.