Driver Shortage Troubles Trucking Firms

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, May. 14, 2012 12:00 am  

Costello added that some of the turnover problem could be attributed to the trucking companies, which sometimes fire a driver who has been involved in just one accident, even a minor one.

Potential Solutions

Brad Vaughn, the director of recruiting at Maverick USA Inc. of North Little Rock, said Maverick tries to have a driver dedicated to one customer and deliver shipments to the same distribution center.

“So those drivers have to be centrally located right around that facility,” Vaughn said. “But in doing so, they get much better home time. They get a routine where they see the same customers every day.”

CalArk is considering raising its pay for drivers and improving schedules. Drivers will be able to have a better personal life if they know they’ll be home on certain days, Bartholomew said.

“The way it is now, a lot of it is pretty irregular,” she said.

CalArk also is improving its terminals across the country, adding gyms and other amenities.

Costello said that one way to keep drivers with a company would be to have them stay in a region and not send them across country. But that doesn’t always work either.

Dancor is a regional carrier and has most of its drivers home every night, Kremer said. But that doesn’t stop turnover. “You still get drivers that leave for every reason that they can come up with,” he said.



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