Heavy Duty Trucking

DEC 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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Nor is regular home time. Anectodal evidence suggests that sectors that have always had low turnover thanks to higher pay and more home time, such as less-than-truckload and pri- vate fleets, are having more trouble finding drivers than ever before. A longer-term solution will mean finding ways to bring a younger most want experienced people to fill those roles – however, we're just stealing the limited resources from each other. We need MORE." Attracting that younger work- force, however, is a formidable challenge. Many in trucking would like to see a path for drivers to get into trucking straight out of high school, currently not possible due to federal age minimums. "The idea to allow younger drivers will gain speed, but the administra- tion will not respond even though and more diverse workforce into the industry. "I'm not sure we are taking seri- ously the void that will be left as they retire in increasing numbers over the next decade," says Chris Kemmer of CK Commercial Vehicle Research. "Fleets know there is a shortage of techs and drivers and Deborah Lockridge • Editor in Chief and Oliver Patton • Washington Editor www.truckinginfo.com DECEMBER 2014 • HDT 47 WATCH FOR BEYOND) "Most Millennials are college graduates and would rather be a Starbucks barista or a teacher -- under no circum- stances do they want to be a truck driver." – John Larkin, Stifel

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