Driver retention is a problem facing most carriers today. It’s also one of the very serious challenges feeding the lack of truck drivers.
“The trucking industry is short 80,000 drivers,” said Chris Spear, president, and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, during a CNN interview in October. This shortage is an increase of 19,000 truck drivers from three years ago, and it’s likely to get worse.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the following are the top five driver-related violations in 2020: Speeding 6-10 mph over the posted speed limit; Failure to obey a traffic control device; Failure to use a seatbelt while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV); False report of driver’s record of duty status; Lane Restriction violation.
During the 72-hour inspection blitz, held in May 2021, inspectors examined more than 40,000 commercial vehicles at inspections sites in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. After discovering out-of-service violations, inspectors called for the removal of 6,710 commercial motor vehicles and 2,080 drivers from the roadways. Mexico performed vehicle-only inspections.