Industry forecaster FTR held an eye-opening Webinar recently, to discuss the effect regulatory drag is having on trucking industry productivity. Between the 1930s and mid-90s, trucking regulations actually increased productivity by 150%. Now, they’re having the opposite effect. FTR is tracking 21 regulations that will further reduce productivity if and when implemented.
During the Webinar, FTR’s Noel Perry made the grim prediction that trucking will have to double its hiring activity by 2018 just to offset productivity losses resulting from regulations. Never mind the lack of new entrants or the increasing average age of today’s drivers. An improvement in the economy could create an unprecedented supply shortage. It’s a major concern. You can read a more detailed report here. For now, here’s Noel putting into words what the industry is facing:
“We are asking the industry to increase the number of people it hires by about double, so this is a very big deal. Even if our quantification is off by 30%, it doesn’t change the conclusion,” Perry said. He said when the proposed regulations – including an EOBR mandate – are implemented, “It will be an unprecedented assault on the hiring capability of the industry.”
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies