The driver shortage has gotten worse with the shortage averaging out to over 214,000 truck drivers. With long haul making up 38% of the $840 billion of the U.S Frieght Market, drivers are crucial. The turnover rate of a truck driver is high for multiple reasons but a fundamental issue is the pay. With trucking companies like Xpress turning down 5,000 to 8,000 orders a week from lack of truck drivers, they finally figured out supply and demand and have raised their driver wages. A truck driver of theirs, who had worked for 17 years is finally getting a raise, planning to make over $60,000 when he would have prior to the raise made $48,000-$55,000. Xpress is not the only trucking company raising driver wages, others include Con-way (who had said they’d be the only ones to raise their wages *cough cough wrong), Celadon group and more. America’s Commercial Transportation Research Co expects a 6% increase in average driver wages this year. For more info go to IBJ>>
The FMCSA’s Motor Carriers Safety Advisory Committee and their Medical Review Board will be discussing the affects of painkillers and amphetamines on truckers driving ability. The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee will also hold another meeting to discuss possibly raising liability insurance for both carriers and brokers. They will also be discussing their failed cross borders pilot program with Mexican companies that ended last month.
The meeting are open to the public. The Medication discussion will take place Oct 27 and the rest on Oct 28 at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria Va., at 9-4:30pm in the Washington and Jefferson Rooms. Online comments are welcome until Oct 22 at the following link CCJ Digital>>
Late California Trucker Amarjit Khunkhun died when the truck he was driving had a critically impaired transmission from leaking transmission fluid that caused the fire. The company that will have to pay the $3.5 million is GMG Trucking of Fresno a one-truck company. For more info go to Overdrive>>
For years safety groups have been fighting to get DOT to imply some safety driver training. After no success they have decided to sue.
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