ATA Predicts Driver Shortages

Posted on: Nov 08, 2012

Analysts at the American Trucking Association (ATA) released a study this week confirming that the trucking industry is facing a driver shortage, and it is likely to grow over the next decade.

The study reports that increased government regulations, specifically the hours-of-service changes and Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program have made it difficult to find qualified drivers.

The ATA cited that 90 percent of for-hire truckload carriers cannot find enough drivers to meet DOT requirements. If the current trends continue, the ATA predicts that a shortage of 20,000 drivers can explode tenfold over the next decade.