U.S. driver scarcity worsens: ACT Research

by Today's Trucking

Truck driver scarcity has reached a three-year high, according to ACT Research’s For-Hire Trucking Index for February.

Its Driver Availability Index read 23.6, down from 25 in January.

(Source: ACT Research)

“As fleets often like to be gearing up for springtime volume growth in February, the tightness in the driver market feels acute. For the third straight month, this was the tightest reading in the three-year history of this index,” said Tim Denoyer, vice-president and senior analyst.

“The latest stimulus is yet another factor on a long list of driver constraints keeping the truckload market tight. Demographics and the FMCSA drug and alcohol clearinghouse are also factors inhibiting driver re-engagement, even in response to record spot rates and rising driver pay. Significant additions to capacity this year are unlikely.”

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  • Many truck drivers in the U S are staying and getting a government check. Many more truck drivers can get jobs working for companies like Costco at over 20 dollars U S or 26 cd per hour. I am living in a homeless shelter with many other truck drivers who got hurt. Nobody made sure that these truck drivers got the medical treatment , diet and safe short-term room to stay in and get better. The Biden gov is looking at making all truck drivers employees with benefits and protection. If this happens along with good quality treatment and pay young people will drive truck.