Truck Drivers Are Still In Demand


Across the nation truck driving continues to be in demand and many people are attempting to have this as a career.

The Modesto Bee interviewed Fernando Huizar an aspiring truck driver who is about to start working for a freight company in California. He said, "I heard that trucking is one of the biggest jobs hiring in the country." He expressed that he was enticed to the job since there are ready opportunities on hand.

"You know how the economy is," he said. "There are no jobs and it's all minimum wage. I see this like a career. I'm thinking of staying in it as long as I can."

Across the nation, trucking companies are facing driver shortage, which is being affected by the new safety regulations that is threatening to ban some veteran drivers. Nearly 290,000 truck drivers are needed to be employed by 2018 to meet the projected demand, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises President and co-chairman Patrick Quinn, discussed about even larger volumes of new hires."There's an aging driver population," he related to WRCB TV 3 in Tennessee. "There's a shortage of qualified drivers coming, because of changing government regulations and the estimates from the American Trucking Association are that we will need up to 400,000 drivers in the next four years."

Quinn added that that is good news for people searching for jobs, and that they're good paying jobs, which will not go to India or China or other countries... a real long-term carrer opportunities.

A truck driver who is just starting in the industry gets about 35,000 a year. On the other hand, veterans are earning nearly $60,000 per year. But since long haul drivers is definitely on the road for weeks, even months before returning home, unquestionably this job is not for everyone.

CSA 2010, the new safety regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that is going to be implemented by the industry assign points for safety violations to trucking companies and truck drivers during inspections and crashes. It is meant to correct negative driving behaviors and restrict freight companies the hires unfit drivers.

According to Michael Darling, vice president of operations at Western Truck School and chairman of the national Commercial Vehicles Trainers Association, "Carriers nationally are running scared to meet the demand."