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The Massive Trucker Shortage
Could Hit Your Wallet Soon

Fox News, by Kathryn Buschman Vasel

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/25/2014 4:38:02 AM

Truck driver Anthony Plummer remembers when he was in the middle of the country on a long-haul delivery when he learned his daughter was sick in the hospital. “I was told to get back [home] as soon as possible. But there are a lot of rules that limit how much I can drive, so I told them I would get back as soon as I could.” It was after this incident that Plummer decided to make a career shift to become a regional truck driver. “It blew my mind if something were to happen and if I was way across the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: robertj984, 8/25/2014 5:31:32 AM     (No. 9979606)

Start paying drivers by the hour, not by the mile. That would be a good start. I drove 20 years over the road. Many time you wait hours or days for a load. And you sit and wait for free. Four hours waiting to get unloaded? No pay. Stuck four hours in traffic? No pay. Want to get home for a special event? Sorry, no loads going that way.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: robertj984, 8/25/2014 5:33:42 AM     (No. 9979610)

If you pay by the hour, WITH overtime, I´ll drive again, as will many drivers

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rob_NC, 8/25/2014 5:51:23 AM     (No. 9979614)

...me,call a broker,drop the load,lock the truck at a secure location,hop a plane..of course that sounds simple but this could take days...as much as you can plan for these kind on things...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: corndoggies, 8/25/2014 7:12:17 AM     (No. 9979663)

Everything about trucking is expensive, fuel, insurance, repairs and maintenance and don´t even get me started about DOT. All trucking companies are struggling and some are even telling their drivers not to run their trucks when parked. We pay our drivers a percentage of gross which means they actually make money.

It´s a rough life and not for everyone but there is good money to be made. Most companies are just looking for meat in the seat with no driver appreciation is why there is a trucker shortage.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: provide, 8/25/2014 7:36:39 AM     (No. 9979687)

After NAFTA, I thought 12 year old Mexicans were going to drive.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/25/2014 7:56:32 AM     (No. 9979716)

My nephew, working around the Midland-Odessa oil patch, has a license to haul hazardous waste. He is very much in demand and is loving it.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TheMom, 8/25/2014 7:58:14 AM     (No. 9979718)

A driver shortage? Really? I call BS. Drivers from north of our borders and especially south of our borders are not held to the same onerous regulations as American drivers. Guess which group ends up ´doing the job Americans won´t do´? Not to mention the hundreds of shake ´n´ bake truck driver school grads every year. How dumb do the authorities think we are? Oh... wait...



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Reply 8 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 8/25/2014 8:02:20 AM     (No. 9979726)

White line fever,
A sickness born down deep within my soul.
White line fever,
The years keep flyin´ by
like the highline poles.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/25/2014 8:04:49 AM     (No. 9979729)

A long haul driver told me he loses money every mile but makes up for it in volume.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 8/25/2014 8:07:59 AM     (No. 9979733)

My brother is a truck driver - it is a rough life. Im all for doing what we can to make their lives and their ability to provide for themselves and their families a lot easier...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 8/25/2014 9:00:39 AM     (No. 9979817)

"...ubiquitous, autonomous trucks are “close to inevitable.”

Perhaps it is not the prediction that is most unnerving, but rather the excitement with which the heads of major trucking companies look toward the driver-less future.

“Holy —,” exclaimed the safety director at a 300-truck firm. “If I didn’t have to deal with drivers, and I could just program a truck and send it?”*

Self-driving trucks will fix the shortage.

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http://www.thetruckersreport.com/ata-self-driving-trucks-are-close-to-inevitable/



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Reply 12 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/25/2014 9:47:35 AM     (No. 9979883)

All of a sudden we are hearing that there are a shortage of American workers from everything from Hi-tech jobs to agricultural laborers to now truck drivers, all that at the time that tens of millions of Americans cannot find full time work or any job at all. There should be a massive program designed to re-train or train American workers to fill those jobs said to have a shortage of workers. Instead the Obama crew, the liberal Democrats, some Republicans, and special interests want to flood the legal US job market with cheap foreign labor, an ill conceived government action that would ensure that many millions of out of work or under employed Americans will never have a chance to get a decent job.

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