Tim Voulopos of Cardinal Logistics, Concord, North Carolina, presented both of these questions to attendees:
An estimated 30,000 truck driver positions are currently unfilled, Voulopos
pointed to a few reasons trucking rates have increased, with four of the six bullet points on his
PowerPoint slide presentation wittingly identifying "drivers" and the other two reasons as "equipment costs" and "mechanics/technicians".
"The stereotypical 'old school' driver does not and cannot exist in today's industry," Voulopos
outlined several changes to the role of truck drivers' responsibilities, which have helped to shrink the availability of drivers.
The increased use of technology required of drivers inside trucks-from engine and fuel monitoring to keeping track of hard stops and collision avoidance technology-has translated to more work and stress for drivers for less pay, he
between U.S. average wages and the average wage for a truck driver has been increasing, Voulopos
"If you want to be a driver, you have to subject yourself to all of this stuff," he
On top of these new priorities, drivers also are aging rapidly.
Nearly 75 percent of all driver turnovers are the result of retirement and regulatory impact, Voulopos
"If you do run a fleet … know your competition for drivers in the area regarding pay, benefits and bonuses," Voulopos
added, "The driver shortage is real and it's not going away anytime soon."