The trucking industry is suffering from a driver shortage worldwide. The transportation of goods increases every year due to overall consumerism. More than 80,000 drivers were missing in the United States alone during 2021 according to American Trucking Associations (ATA).
Why this huge driver shortage? According to Chief Economist Bob Costello at ATA, many factors contribute to the driver shortage, such as low salaries and the fact that drivers do not want to stay away from family and friends for longer periods.
There is not a single solution to a single problem, according to Costello; several different aspects need to be addressed, such as increased pay, regulatory changes, and modifications to the transport industry’s practices, improving conditions for drivers.