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Driver shortage to affect seasonal sectors more significantly: CTA pres

VICTORIA, B.C.  -- Canadian Trucking Alliance president and CEO David Bradley says factors impacting capacity in the Canadian trucking industry, especially the shortage of qualified drivers, are likely to be felt more acutely in seasonal...


VICTORIA, B.C.  — Canadian Trucking Alliance president and CEO David Bradley says factors impacting capacity in the Canadian trucking industry, especially the shortage of qualified drivers, are likely to be felt more acutely in seasonal sectors like fertilizer transportation.

Bradley was speaking at the North American Fertilizer Transportation Forum, hosted jointly by the Canadian and US Fertilizer Institutes, in Victoria.

“Because of the seasonal nature of the business, there is often not enough iron and people when you need it,” said Bradley. “For carriers the challenge is what to do with the drivers and equipment the rest of the time.”

In addition, Bradley said that because of the hazardous nature of the commodities hauled in the fertilizer sector, the drivers that haul the product need a high level of training and make a special commitment.

“That’s a smaller pool of drivers from which to draw upon and ultimately leads to higher labour costs,” he said.


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