There’s certainly a need for more truck drivers, but industry rules and regulations may be preventing more drivers from joining the industry.
Interestingly, enrollment at truck driving schools is on the upswing across the country, so that is good news, right? But it will be a while before those new recruits are actually able to drive their own trucks and do their jobs as needed, since training takes some time.
Here’s where it gets hairy: the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has new regulations that took effect February 7, 2022, and here’s the deal: prospective truck drivers are required to receive training through a school that is nationally registered with FMCSA. So, instead of companies providing their own internal CDL training, new hires can’t be trained that way. This is so frustrating for private operators!
So what does this mean for the industry? There will be fewer training program options along with long waiting lists just to get into overcrowded, backlogged FMCSA schools.
Basically, regulations, coupled with an aging population (with fewer young people in the population, in general) and many long-time truckers retiring out of the industry means that the trucking industry will continue to see shortages for the foreseeable future.
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