One excuse that truck drivers often give for speeding and reckless driving is that they are on strict timelines due to a lack of drivers in the industry. They claim employers load them with so much work that they cannot possibly get it all done without breaking a few road laws. When large trucks do not follow the law, it often results in serious accidents, so could a truck driver shortage put everyone on the road at risk?
According to Forbes, the claims of a truck driver shortage are not true. As any industry does, the trucking industry has ebbs and flows in its number of employees. While the current number of available drivers may be lower than the number of needed drivers, there is solid proof that it will equal out.
Truck driving is a blue-collar job. It does not require a college education, so there are not long delays in training new drivers when needed. The training for a CDL is rather quick and new drivers can enter the field continuously.
Furthermore, the earnings of truck drivers continue to increase and are usually much higher than other blue-collar jobs. High earning potential makes this a desirable industry, which means it draws in new candidates regularly.
There is a high turnover in this industry, but that is due to the demands of the job. If employers would set more reasonable expectations, this would not be an issue. In addition, it would help reduce issues with drivers who feel like they have to speed and drive dangerously.