Trucking Firms Raise Pay To Keep Moving

by Marty Cook  on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 12:00 am  

Maverick Transportation opened its new $4 million driver training center in late July in North Little Rock. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)

Delco said higher pay is important but not the only adjustment needed.

“Pay is an important factor, but there are other aspects of the job,” Delco said. “Getting drivers home, making the quality of life a little better is a key. That will help achieve equilibrium.”

Another program designed to help the trucking industry is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes. Ray spoke at Maverick’s training center opening because Maverick is one trucking company — as is J.B. Hunt Transport of Lowell — that has partnered with the program to hire veterans.

Williams said over the next 20 years, commerce on the interstate system will double. Fifty-one thousand trucks are parked right now because of no drivers, Williams said.

“It’s incumbent on us to attract, train and retain drivers,” Williams said.



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