Why America is facing a shortage of truck drivers

Why America is facing a shortage of truck drivers

More than 70 percent of the goods we consume are carried by truck drivers on the nation’s highways. A new report says the industry needs to hire roughly 90,000 new truckers each year to keep up with demand. As part of our continuing series, Work in Progress, Kris Van Cleave reports on why so many of those jobs are unfilled and how it could drive up costs for Americans.

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50 Comments

  1. Jarryd Ramos on October 25, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Money sucks for the stress and risk never mind if your over the road

  2. Scotty Roxwell on October 25, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    We’re trucked.

  3. Mauricio Rodriguez on October 25, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    All these trucking companies compete who can deliver goods for less money…and at the end of the day they pay the driver low wages and along comes the government in the form of DOT,POLICE,EPA and the IRS to punish you and take your little money you have up to leaving you unemployed!!

  4. Astral Hobo on October 25, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    FAKE NEWS

  5. Mary Wagner on October 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    At one time truckin was an enjoyable occupation , now, not so much.

  6. leon glass on October 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    So read these reasons not to drive.
    1.Low wages otr and local .
    2.no parking even closed rest stops.
    3. Disrespected by dispatchers, agents and brokers because they feel entitled.
    4. ELD/ Stress
    5.Paid parking at truck stops. You gonna charge me to park and this is legal. Hmm
    6. D.o.t harrassment
    7. If you own your truck high over charge maintenance cost.
    8. High fuel cost
    9. Away from family and friends
    10. Reckless driving from the motoring public trying to get a check
    10. Prison time even if it’s not your fault.
    11. You are always wrong even if you are right.
    12. You have to deal with bad weather
    13. Tight docks if there are any
    14. Tolls
    15. Not enough rest
    16. C.S.A
    17. Background checks that you have to pay for $150.00 if you want hazmat endorsement.

    Just to name a few reasons why people wouldn’t do this work. So guys do great but the majority this is some of what we face.

  7. A b on October 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Take us.

  8. Donald Anglin on October 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    As usual ..the interviews were lame ..and missed the whole point ..government intrusion is the main issue ..along with a pay scale that doesn’t keep up with the economy ..spending hours on end ..WITHOUT COMPENSATION ..in loading docks ..couple that with the fact that drivers are constantly harassed and their pay is extorted from them in various, petty ways ..from federal to local municipalities ..the general public is no friend to the truck drivers ..

  9. samdon815 on October 25, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    A minimum of $30 per hour, no touch cargo, Gate to gate wages, benefits, benefits, benefits.

  10. Nunyo Bidness on October 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Don’t worry, they got self-driving trucks coming to fix this

  11. bairdstuff101 on October 25, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Trucks will be completely automated in the next few years so a career as a driver for the new generation will not be a viable option. Current drivers will most probably have to rethink their job options also and rather do mini loads that requires more human intervention.

  12. A N D R E Y on October 25, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    The only way to retain and hire more drivers is to increase the compensation and have better conditions = DOT stations are not built and operated for profit like they are now. Driver pay needs to be moved to at least $30 per hour, all hours he/she is working. – even OTR drivers. If the driver is not home, $30hr even if he/she is sleeping in the truck. = no more driver shortage.

  13. DarkCounterLP on October 25, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    if you pay me a lot more then in germany and pay my flight etc to the US you would have atleast 1 new driver.

  14. Sam masher suzumila Suzumilasam suzumila on October 25, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    iprefar to go to work there

  15. TT DE NADA ABBA on October 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Raise the pay problem solved!
    WE ARE WAY OVERWORKED AND OVERPAID! Even though we sleep in the TRUCKS we are still selling our lives 24 hours a day to this industry!!!!!🤔
    For next to NOTHING!

  16. Blinker 182 on October 25, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Mexicans could do it

  17. Jeff B on October 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Anybody that thinks trucking is cool needs to get slapped up side head

  18. Teresa Ciupryk on October 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    School bus. $12.00 an hour take home. But , you have spineless bosses and a level of humiliation that’s beyond compare. Drew

  19. Furious Ghost on October 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    It only takes a person to get a job in trucking to realize they made a bad mistake. Companies pushing and talking to drivers any kind of way. Pay is the biggest problem. When you get that small check, yes small from $200.00- $400.00 a week, if you want more than that, you better grind the pavement. This is a slap in the face, driving a big truck like that, don’t take my word (apply). New drivers are leaving trucks abandoned on the side of the road, full of products. Your worst enemy in trucking is the dispatcher. A truck driver should never drive a 18 wheel truck across the USA and have to drive many, many, many miles to make a paycheck. Trucks are packed weighed down to the limit and the driver makes a sad payday……..how do you think truck drivers lose their Wife’s, Girlfriends, cars, houses arrested for child support. Truck drivers end up living in their trucks alone and sad, depressed and then pimped by companies that show no love. A sad career choice.

  20. The Box on October 25, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Under paid idiots , 2000 a week at least .

  21. samdon815 on October 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    #1 . They will not allow older drivers to operate.
    #2 . I can’t figure out the computer surveillance.
    #3 . Too strict health card.
    #4 . $ sucks

  22. Look Like Famous on October 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    There would be more truckers if the schooling was 100% free!

  23. D. S on October 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    How do those big fat huge bloated drivers even pass their D.O.T. physical?

  24. Suriyaveer Boora on October 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    God Baba LAL Das bless me one me in middle East my dream drive truck in USA.is anyone hire me

  25. Kevin Nelson on October 25, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Truck drivers need to stick together and boycott these big companies making billions in profit and paying truck drivers nothing for all they do.

  26. Nexion Nekros on October 25, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    •Overregulation
    •underpaid for the time put in and away from family
    •harassment from police, sheriff’s, federal agencies, etc.
    •discrimination by cities and states against truck drivers for simply parking within their city boundaries and sometimes on deserted state off ramps
    •massively lacking parking spaces for the millions of truck drivers
    •abusive behaviors by trucking carriers and scheming to deprive their employees of their earned wages for any and every reason
    •shippers and receivers who do not value truck drivers work schedule and the unstoppable 14 hour clock and so they sit and wait as our work time is wasted away for free on their facility, and if you try to leave they call the police.

  27. Christopher Baker on October 25, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Americans can’t afford a new truck so most of us buy used. Then the def system put us in bankruptcy as soon as it messes up. Owner operators should park their truck until the government gets it off or pays to fix it.

  28. Lionel Francois on October 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Companies want to make all these damn rules to be perfect n forget that people is human , . That’s why people is aiming towards working for themselves

  29. Zach Wachs on October 25, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    LOW PAY ! There is no driver shortage ! There is a PAY SHORTAGE !

  30. Mr11ESSE111 on October 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    there is more lawyers then truck drivers and lawyer hour are 100+$ and truck driver maybe 20$

  31. dont ask on October 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Yes but trucker’s aren’t paid like the economy

  32. Lawrence House on October 25, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Pay more and there won’t be a shortage

  33. ב ראונק on October 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Why don’t they go and find in rural USA? They are so much against immigrants, then find people to work in your country itself.

  34. TwoWheeledAnimal on October 25, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    They missed the mark so hard it hurt.

  35. Tom Jacques on October 25, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Are they just referring to Semis or all size trucks such as 16 FT up to 28 FT?

  36. Jihad James on October 25, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    There are tens of thousands of guys out their right now with CDL’s who left the industry 10 or so years ago due to horrendous wages that haven’t kept up with the living conditions/cost of living. They are out doing construction, electric, or welding for $60k-$80k a year right now. If trucking started paying experienced drivers a six figure salary tomorrow, you would find a lot of guys coming back to the industry who left for greener pastures.

  37. Ken Wells on October 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    I thought the robots were taking all the truck driver jobs over the next couple years? What they heck was I getting alarmed over?

  38. Don't Tread On Me on October 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    You’re wrong about everything reason there’s a shortage of truck drivers is because the pay is s*** try paying us not ripping us off

  39. Tim S. on October 25, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    It wouldn’t be hard to convince if you paid and respected the drivers. JBS carriers still owes me 860 bucks

  40. Jeffrey Rodriguez on October 25, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    How about pay them more?

  41. citizen p on October 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    It is a SCAM there is NO SHORTAGE of drivers but shortage of jobs!
    the insurance companies are preventing companies to hire drivers without 1 year of experience that make the "shortage" drivers have no way of getting the experience needed because no one wants to hire them!

  42. Games TV on October 25, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I wanna drive trucks in the USA.Any companies here wanna give me a chance?
    I want to live and work in the USA.
    How can I do this?

  43. John C. Spain on October 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Being a truck driver is a tough gig. Everything about it is stressful. I can see why drivers quit. I want to

  44. Adam Araujo on October 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    It’s the PAY, THE PAY…THE PAY…THE PAY…THE PAY…THE PAY………THE PAYYYYYYYY ……THE PAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY………..THHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEE PPPPPPPPPPAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY…. Maybe they’ll get it someday

  45. C Toombs on October 25, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    1. Money
    2. Dishonest dispatchers
    3. Family/ Home time
    4. D O T
    5. ELD
    6. Idiots in 4 wheelers
    7. Long waits at shippers and receivers
    8 Lumpers
    9. Gone for long periods of time
    10. No recognition and helpwhen a family emergency comes about

  46. Jose Sanchez on October 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Who want to work over regulated and underpay

  47. Guy Brooks on October 25, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    T J Videos, you are so right , 10,15 years ago , we weren’t just cash cows , STATE POLICE,DOT would give warningssuggestions, you know try to help when they could, rather than just write out tickets , and there is not much comarodity , good will , courtesy among drivers either.

  48. Mark Volker on October 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    *Government regulations is why you can’t make a living driving! On top of that, the US has been flooded with cheap foreign labor by leftist globalists and they will work cheaper than a American who just wants feed his family!*

  49. Jose Sanchez on October 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    There are no driver shortages
    The pay check shortage to work many hours away from home

  50. ronald bouvette on October 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    one thing they forgot to mention is that every state and local law enforcement is looking to find a way to fine any driver behind the wheel of a big rig.also,trump the liar in chief has made it worse to be a professional driver.

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