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Results of Q4 2014 Fleet Sentiment Survey are in

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Results of the Q4 2014 Fleet Sentiment Report survey conducted last month by CK Commercial Vehicle Research (CKCVR) are in and they show solid fleet purchasing plans for the first half of 2015 Class 8 deliveries.

The Q4 FSR buying index (which measures the number of fleets planning to place orders for trucks and trailers in the next 3 months) is up 2% year-over-year.

Even those the numbers are strong, fleets have reported that their hands are tied when it comes to adding capacity because of the lack of qualified drivers.

Chris Kemmer, consultant at CKCVR said: “over and over we hear from the fleets reporting ‘we’d buy more equipment if we had more drivers’.  Most are in a good place financially with plenty of available freight but without drivers, additional trucks don’t make sense.  Replacement demand for the time being remains strong.”

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  1. Victor Mitchell says:

    There is no real shortage just drivers refusing to drive for the low rates and poor working conditions and long working hours of unpaid service being demanded by company management. People need to respect drivers for the skills they have and treat them like humans and not machines to abuse! Hours of service need to be reduced and wage packages greatly increased! Quit trying to use every excuse to bring in area foriegn workers for cheep labour. Take the excessive wages from management ang give it to the real workers on the front line. Give the drivers real security and respect they deserve and you will find your driving team come back to the industry.

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