Problem Replacing Our Aging Workforce, the Avg Age of a Trucker Has Risen

ATRI Data does not lie and it looks like the youths are not very interested in entering the trucking industry. In 2013 the average age of a truck driver was 46.5 and 52 in the private sector. A theory as to why 20-24 year olds comprise only 4.9% of the trucking industry is the CDL age minimum of 21, which leave a three year gap after high school for potential drivers to discover other careers. There are also certain sectors in the trucking industry that have a 25 age minimum which leave an even larger gap.

Percentage of Drivers in the Trucking Industry By Age

Truckers between 25-34 years old has gone down from 30.4% to 15.6% in 20 years.

Truckers between 55-64 years old has gone up from 9.1% to 20.1% in the last 20 years.



Graph By ATRI


FMCSA Survey Finds Truckers pros and cons to E-Logging

FMCSA found that carrier harassment to truckers using E-Logs is minimal however it still found pros and cons to E-Logging. FMCSA stated that the evidence in the survey does not support the assumption that more harassments are due to logging Hours of Service with E-logs however it does not necessarily find that it doesn’t either.


-More drivers using E-logs reported more frequent instances of harassment, however 95% don’t contribute it to E-logging.

Pros to E-Logging

70% of drivers believe…

1. E-Logging involves less paperwork to fill out.

2. E-Logging is time efficient and makes it easier to comply with hours.

3. Enhances relationships with fleet managers.

Cons to E-logging

More than 50% of drivers believe…

1. They give their fleet manager to much insight (no privacy).

2. E-Logging hinders them from doing their jobs the way they want to.

3. It makes them less Independence.

Shippers Starting to Accept Higher Truck Rates

The annual shipper- carrier rate discussion has ended and it has gone very differently then last years. Although it was a bit more convoluted with rising carrier costs, the shippers have finally, yet arduously, accepted these rates. The price of shipping has gone up, one reason being driver shortage/retention rates which has finally led to raising drivers pay (which LoadSmart discussed in the following article). The rise in drivers pay has been taken into account by motor carriers who have altered their rates to make this change less impactful on themselves and putting it on shippers.

Motor Carrier Advice

Motor Carriers are concerned about alienating their big shippers and are strategically raising their rates.The new motor carrier strategy is “lower frequency of accepting shippers initial rates” Those acceptance rates are currently 90% carrier acceptance rates which are expected to drop to 85% in 2015. Motor Carriers are now saying no to shipping a load at 1.30 cents per mile when they can now get 1.75 cents a mile.

Shippers Who Should Worry?

Most affected area are spot rates.

If you are a larger shipper if it will be easier to negotiate prices but the worries are on small shippers who will most likely be taken advantage of.

For more information go to DC Velocity>>

ATA conference: The technology of today

The American Trucking Association Conference that took place in San Diego from Oct. 4-7 had a lot of technological solutions to the problems in the trucking industry. Fleets and suppliers were particularly targeting the driver’s experience. Video based driver risk  management was the most popular technology discussed at ATA. Although Video based driver risk management tool and other technological advancments are very useful, there is also the question of privacy.

In a world where people like Edward Snowden are telling you to get rid of Dropbox and avoid Google and Amazon if you value your privacy, should we accept the reality of the world we live in which has little privacy or stay traditional with no technological advancements? Would you actually stop using Google and Amazon? LoadSmart would love to know how the trucking industry feels about adding cameras and GPS in trucks, along with other technological tools.

Technology at ATA

Here is a quick list of the most talked about technology at the American Trucking Association Conference. For more info on all of this go to CCJ Digital>>

1. DriveCam for Lytx lists top drivers in need of interventions

2. SmartDrive 360 viewing

3. Zonar with GreenRoad for real time driver feedback

4. PeopleNet in-cab scanning capabilities for documents

5. Omnitracs in scanning application on mobile

6. TND 760 weigh station bypass


The Cost of Traffic Congestion in the Trucking Industry

The American Transportation Research Institution finally released all of it data, which showed how traffic congestion affects the trucking industry. Trucking companies lost 141 million hours on interstate systems alone. That amounts to 51,000 truck drivers being idle for an entire year. Other data collected by ATRI also helps solve the traffic congestion issue affecting the trucking industry. Some of that data included locating where the traffic is by location and time and how to avoid it. At the ATA panel suggestions on how to solve the cost of traffic congestion in the trucking  industry were given for those suggestions go to CCJDigital>>