The Current Truck Driver Shortage Is an Economic Disaster
The Current Truck Driver Shortage Is an Economic Disaster by eMedia Staff Writer’ Over the past several years there has been a huge decline in the number of people willing to work in the trucking sector and trucking companies are frantically looking to fill the void with determined people. The role of truck drivers is vital in the United States and a decline may prove to be detrimental to the already stagnant economy of America. Shortage of drivers means fewer people to drive trucks and make timely deliveries of goods that businesses depend upon in effect hurting every party involved in the dealing. A significant portion of the shortage can be blamed on the extended amount of time most drivers have to spend away from their loved ones. Continuously being on the road for weeks at a time without seeing their kids can seriously affect both the children and their parents. However the economy may have to face even greater obstacles if the number of drivers continues to fall. With so many other jobs being outsourced to China Mexico and other countries we know how important it is to retain these positions to America. The economy in America is extremely consumer driven and for the industrial sector to be able to keep up and meet with the ever increasing demands of average American citizens it needs to be able to expand at a rapid pace which is simply not possible with the ongoing shortage of truck drivers. Dave Rusch CEO of CRST International in Cedar Rapids Iowa said “I’ve been in the business 34 years and I’ve never seen the driver situation like it is today. Typically if we have freight we can expand. We can’t grow now because of drivers. For the second year in a row we are projecting zero growth.’ Every single thing you own from your car to your coffee table to the roof on top of your head came into your possession thanks to a truck driver at some point. All the luxuries of life we have access to and take for granted exist because someone in the transport industry delivered them to their respective place. So in the short term this will result in hikes in the prices of everyday commodities. But what happens when businesses can’t do business anymore? They go under and eventually have to close up shop. “A significant amount of freight is being turned down. We’ve looked at acquisitions because we can’t grow organically’ said Robert Ragan Chief Financial Officer Melton Truck Lines in Tulsa Okla.