Trucking Industry News – Cross Border Effects of 2013 Truck Driver Shortage

In the latest trucking industry news, the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and other countries expressed their sentiments as to the far-reaching effects of truck driver shortage. While it may be true that shortage of truck drivers would mean employment, the masses might not know that it brings household problems, too.


“The food we eat, the goods that we enjoy and even the homes we live in are in large part delivered by trucks. The inability to meet a huge demand for drivers could be costly for the trucking industry, consumer goods and the Canadian economy,” said the principal research associate, Vijay Gill. 90 per cent of products and goods are delivered within Canada. 60 percent constitutes trade with Canada’s largest partner United States. This trade within Canada and United States contributes 33 percent of GDP in the transportation sector.


The trucking industry moves 90 per cent of all consumer products and food within Canada and 60 per cent of trade with the United States, Canada’s largest trading partner, according to the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA). It alone accounts for 33 per cent of real gross domestic product (GDP) in the transportation sector. Now, when the shortage of truck drivers is unresolved it would mean a dent on everyone’s bank account, as experts say. These industries are also posting more funds to entice drivers. These company expenses, they say, would be again passed on to consumers.


“There is an old saying in trucking that says if, trucks stop, America stops, too,” said Mike Williams, instructor at Mesilla Valley Transportation. Experts also indicated a recovery in the economy that demanded for more transport of goods has contributed to more demand of truck drivers. The rise of economy means more infrastructure developments and more wholesale and retail trades. It is then the job of the trucking industries to deliver the goods to the consumers needing development. But the lack of truck drivers is impeding these deliveries implying higher costs for the trucking companies. In turn, the trucking companies end up passing higher rates to consumers, retailers or wholesalers. Finally, it’s the consumers that suffer the higher prices of commodities.


He further added, “In order to keep prices down we have to make sure that the drivers are doing their part to make sure the goods get delivered on time.” Lately, however, it had been difficult for truck drivers due to stress. They are pressure by the need of more drivers and they need to cover for that need. “They want you to go 1,000 miles a day, but I won’t do that. It’s just too hard on your body. You’re tired. You weave from lane to lane,” said Mike Mayes, a truck driver for 37 years. He added that drivers would experience fatigue when driving for too long. According to news reports, fatigue is one that contributes to accidents, more delays of goods, and more expenses for the trucking company. A dent on everyone’s wallet will then be expected as these goods arrive at the consumers’ doorsteps.


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