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Schneider is half-way to an automated fleet

August 25, 2017 by elizabeth

GREEN BAY, WI – Shifting gears will soon be a thing of the past for Schneider.
In an attempt to attract younger drivers, and make it easier for potential employees to consider a job in trucking, the company is more than half-way to its goal of creating an entire fleet made up of trucks with automated transmissions.

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Researchers look to ID safe, young drivers

August 14, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – Is it possible to develop a tool that identifies young drivers who match the characteristics of safer, older commercial drivers? That’s something the American Transportation Research Institute is trying to find out – and it has unveiled the first phase of related research.

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Syrian driver in waiting: “I don’t want to be idle”

July 7, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — Truck driver Ahmad Al Rasoul knew it was time to leave Syria the day the bedroom where his two-year-old son Joseph was sleeping got destroyed by a bomb. Miraculously, young Joseph remained unscathed, albeit covered in ashes. Rasoul, 46 at the time, and his wife Rasmia Al Mekhlef, had four other children and lived in Homs, a community badly wracked by the Syrian civil war. You’ve probably seen the skeletal remains of Homs buildings on the news. Since he got his licence at 22, Rasoul had been a truck driver and loves the work. But he’s still waiting to apply his skills in Ontario.

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Driver shortage and the demographic cliff

December 28, 2016 by John Smith

Discussions about a driver shortage tend to fade away when the economy struggles, but there is no escaping the fact that Canada needs to attract a new generation of drivers. A 2016 study – Understanding the Truck Driver Demand and Supply Gap – determined that for-hire fleets will need 34,000 more drivers by 2024, many of whom will be needed to fill seats once held by drivers who retire or quit. Solutions will involve reaching out to underrepresented groups like millennials and women. In the meantime, limits on Temporary Foreign Workers have effectively eliminated another option.

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Trucking HR Canada: Women in Trucking

November 16, 2016 by Dan Robinson

As a national partnership-based organization, we promote the provision of safe, secure, efficient, and professional trucking services in Canada.

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BC to require 13,431 new drivers in next decade: study

August 5, 2016 by John Smith

VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbia’s transportation and construction industries will need to fill 110,000 jobs in the next decade – and truck drivers will be among those most in demand, according to Asia Pacific Gateway Labor Market Outlook 2016-2025.

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IN PRINT: ‘Unskilled’ and unwanted: Immigration challenge

July 6, 2016 by John Smith

KITCHENER, ON — Dave Taylor is a model employee by many measures. He has worked at Ontario-based Erb Transport for five years. He and his wife Fiona bought a home in Kitchener, commuting distance from the fleet yard, and their daughter Allanah attends Grade 10 at a local high school. “Dave comes in and does what he’s asked,” says Randy Steckly, corporate driver training manager.

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Criminal Pardons Could Help Driver Shortage, Advocates Say

April 30, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

VANCOUVER, BC – Take scores of Canadians with minor criminal records looking for work, combine them with a new federal government that’s hinted at relaxing the ropes of the pardon system, and it could create a new employment resource for the country’s truck driver shortage, a national pardon advocacy group claims.

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Trucking Alliance Tells Carriers to Take Responsibility for Driver Shortage

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA – CTA says industry leaders need to show current and future drivers their commitment to solving labor issues.

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BLOG: Stand Up and Take a Bow

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Blogger Dave MacNevin tells us what the trucking needs to promote and sell to the general public. If you love this industry, you will understand, writes Dave.

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Will Fit Drivers

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Licensed drivers are out there. It’s up to you to bring them into the flock, pierced tongues, high expectations and all. Part three of a series on trucking’s labor shortage.

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Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Blue Ribbon ‘Tsk’ Force

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

There’s no driver shortage at all, rather a shortage of jobs fit for qualified drivers.

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Driver Hiring: Foreign Policy

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Immigrants are one solution to the driver shortage. But it isn’t as easy as it seems.

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Alberta’s Road Knights Focus on Young and Job Hungry

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

EDMONTON – Nominations for a new team OF Road Knights need to be in by December 31.

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The Quarter-Century Club

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Meet Sergio, Matt, and Steve. They’re 25 and they love driving truck. The question is, are there more where they came from?