For roughly a decade and a half, one major, seemingly unsolvable issue has plagued the trucking industry: an ever-dwindling pool of available drivers; also known as the driver shortage.
Pre-COVID-19 crisis, the industry as a whole was short around 59,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. Current estimates as we emerge from the pandemic? Around 80,000, a nearly 20,000 jump in roughly a year.
Several factors contributed to this spike, like the temporary closures of BMVs and CDL schools as well as the FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearing House, which resulted in roughly 45,000 drivers essentially being wiped off the board after failing to comply with the initiative’s return-to-work requirements. These are just new problems piling on top of old ones. And while driver shortage forecasts always predicted things would get worse, not better, 2020 seemed to have accelerated that trajectory.
What we in the industry can do is do our best to weather these challenges by implementing tried-and-true best practices for hiring and retaining good quality, professional truck drivers as well as utilizing new, inventive ideas to combat new challenges as they spring up. Aim has some of the best in the business at doing just that. And, for your benefit and the benefit of your operation, some of those experts recently hosted a webinar talking about the state of the driver shortage and how Aim attracts and keeps skilled and reliable drivers for our valued and diverse customer base. You can watch the replay of the webinar below.
As always, if you’re struggling to hire and retain drivers for your operation, Aim is here to help. Our dedicated fleet division, known as Aim Integrated Logistics, is unmatched with its ability to create solutions that are effective, reliable and cost efficient. If you want to hear more or even give Aim Integrated Logistics a “test drive,” simply reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.