More trucking companies are seeking professional drivers with CDL training to operate their vehicles on long hauls across the country as customer demand continues to rise.
Many trucking groups are realizing they do not have enough drivers to accommodate the rising volumes of orders. Many groups believe the shortage of drivers applying for the vacant positions can be attributed to a number of factors, including lack of awareness. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average annual salary of an entry-level truck driver is $40,000, a good starting point for many industries, considering the economic downturn. Thus, more young adults are being encouraged to participate in CDL training if they want to enter into a strong profession with ample employment opportunity, the Altoona Mirror reported.
Stricter federal regulations placed on the trucking industry may also be affecting enrollment in CDL training programs. Implemented in 2010, individual drivers are now held to greater accountability for their performance and safety ratings, being measured with a point system on their licenses to promote safe and responsible driving, the Mirror reported.
In Australia, the Queensland Government is offering a subsidy for professionals looking to obtain a commercial vehicle license to directly combat the shortage in drivers. The $1 million program will train and certify 400 commercial drivers to help put residents to work and boost the trucking industry, Supply Chain Review reported.
Friday, January 11th, 2013
After completing a study on future transportation fuels, leaders from the National Petroleum Council will provide an overview of their findings during a public presentation.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
The Mid-West Truckers Association will hold its second annual Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show on February 1-2, 2013, in Peoria, Illinois.
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
The Truckload Carriers Association recently released four webinars for fleet managers who want to learn about the best ways to recruit and hire military personnel with commercial drivers licenses.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
After Alyssa Van Meter, a truck driver working for OÂ’Hare Towing, was murdered in her home, drivers in the area came together to honor her memory.