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Driver shortage is (economic) drag

October 10, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – When Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski took his turn at the mic during the annual Surface Transportation Summit, he was quick to refer to trucks parked against fences along nearby Dixie Road. They’re not idled because of a lack of business opportunities, he stressed. It’s because of a lack of truck drivers.

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Our Changing Face: Driver demographics are changing. They must.

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

In recent years, a significant share of truck drivers include those who have crossed borders in their career paths — immigrants, Temporary Foreign Workers, and new Canadians all.

In particular, a massive share of those who turn wheels for a living now wear turbans rather than the traditional trucker cap.

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The Changing Face of Trucking: A demographic shift

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Immigrants from South Asia have accounted for a massive shift in the demographics of Canada’s truck drivers, according to an unprecedented research project conducted by Newcom Media’s editorial teams, drawing on more than 25 years of Canada Census data.

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Temporary Measures: Experienced truck drivers are available — beyond our borders

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program offers a path to recruit experienced drivers from other countries. But it’s no easy path to take.

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How well do you understand South Asian drivers?

August 8, 2018 by John Smith

I was disappointed when I read headlines about the “Indian” driver who was criminally charged for the horrific Saskatchewan accident that involved the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus. If guilty he should face justice, but I’m not sure where he was born has anything to do with it. I’m guessing if the driver were Italian it would not have been mentioned.

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Bedard warns against adding capacity

May 4, 2018 by John Smith

LA MALBAIE, Que. – Alain Bedard, chief executive officer of TFI International, is emphasizing the value of a stable workforce — and warning carriers to avoid the temptation of adding capacity at a time when the demand for transportation is exceptionally strong.

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Quebec association reaches out to next generation

May 4, 2018 by John Smith

LA MALBAIE, Que. – The Quebec Trucking Association continues to reach out to a new generation of workers as it responds to a shortage of drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, and personnel in other key industry positions. That labor shortage is the […]

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‘The working conditions … are not desirable’

March 28, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — When it comes to labor, trucking has a marketing problem, but it may be more than that.

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Get real — and retain your drivers

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Basic marketing sense says you should sell your positives, but when it comes to selling your fleet to potential drivers, overselling may be causing higher turnover.

Industry experts talking driver retention and feedback at the 2018 Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) convention say broken promises lead to higher driver turnover, with a large number of drivers walking out the door before they’ve been employed a full six months.

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Driver retention takes center stage at TCA

March 26, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Against the backdrop of a limited labor pool, trucking industry executives say listening to drivers is the key to stopping high turnover. It was a central theme during a panel discussion about driver retention at the 2018 Truckload […]

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Mack VP: Will construction labor shortage harm growth?

March 26, 2018 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky.– With truck order intake expected to hit near-record levels in 2018, Mack’s senior vice-president for North American sales, Jonathan Randall, is worried about who will drive all the trucks the company is building.

Speaking on the opening day of the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show, Randall said the construction sector is seeing record spending, lots of job growth, and correspondingly strong order intake from the sector, but he says there are a couple of potentially dampening factors on the horizon.

“There’s a shortage of labor in that sector today, or more specifically, a shortage of construction workers,” he said. “Who is going to drive all the trucks that we’re selling?”
Randall says U.S. GDP is expected to grow by 2.8% this year, and the strong economy is reflected in the strong order intake the industry is seeing this year. To says the economy is robust would probably be an understatement based on what Mack is seeing in truck orders

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Driver shortage leads to Wiersma sale

March 21, 2018 by John Smith

KITCHENER, Ont. – Challenger Motor Freight is acquiring the assets of Ed Wiersma Trucking in a deal expected to close at the end of March, expanding Challenger’s Special Commodities Division.

The 16-truck, family-run fleet specialized in flatbed truckload freight moving between southern Ontario and the U.S. But while it had up-to-date equipment and freight to haul, it was no longer able to attract the drivers it needed.

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Growth hopes hinge on driver availability: survey

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The economy is booming, truck capacity is tightening, and analysts are predicting a strong year for 2018. So is this the right time to expand your business? In March’s Pulse reader survey, we asked readers for their […]

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Trucking is growing, but watch NAFTA and driver shortage

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Trucking activity is surging thanks to an array of economic factors in the U.S., but there would be a steep price to pay if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on threats to pull out of NAFTA. “NAFTA trade via truck supports over 46,000 jobs in our industry, including nearly 31,000 truck driver jobs,” the ATA’s Bob Costello observed during Omnitracs’ fourth-annual Outlook conference.

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Recruiting by Retaining

January 16, 2018 by John Smith

One of the battles that truckers continue to wage is the hiring of drivers. Driving a truck is a tough job that the next generation clearly doesn’t want. Personally, I’d take a good driver over a good customer any day […]