It’s not exactly a big secret that the United States has a huge shortage of truck drivers. It’s estimated that the industry is currently functioning with 50,000 fewer drivers than it needs. Much thought has been given to potential solutions to this problem, and one solution is hiring more millennials as semi-truck drivers.
The ELD mandate has generated a lot of discussion and protest in the trucking world, to say the least. The mandate, which went into effect in December of 2017, required truckers to have an ELD, or electronic logging device, in their vehicles to track their hours of duty.
According to an article in The Washington Post, the nation is currently dealing with a major truck driver shortage. It’s estimated that about 50,000 truckers are needed to meet demands for transportation and shipping. The retail industry is feeling the strain: many retailers have had to delay certain shipments and are paying higher costs for shipping.
The third drug bust in as many weeks at a truck weigh station along I-40 eastbound in Alma, Arkansas continues a trend that stretches back six months. There have been five major drug busts at the Alma weigh station in six months. Three drug seizures involving marijuana being transported in tractor trailers have occurred from April 22 to May 6.