On May 15, 2019, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that would lower the age a driver can apply for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for intrastate truck driving from 21 to 18. The Senate passed the bill 24-0 while the House voted 96-1 in favor of passage. Governor Kay Ivey is expected to sign the bill with an effective date of February 17, 2020. Hawaii is now the only state that imposes a minimum age of 21 to obtain an intrastate CDL.
A conversation that comes up a lot in the trucking world is the fact that there is a major shortage of truck drivers in the United States. There are many potential solutions – hiring millennials as truck drivers, offering higher wages, providing better benefits or perks. Some point out that only 6% of truck drivers are women and suggest that if companies were able to hire more women in trucking, it could help alleviate the shortage.
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 word “millennial” gets tossed around a lot when it comes to recruiting, which makes sense: they’re the largest age group in the workforce.
The concern with trucking is that because the average age for a truck driver is about 55, there will not be enough young people interested in trucking to enter the industry and replace them. But it’s proved to be quite difficult for truck businesses to recruit and hire millennials. We’ll explain why that is, and we’ll also offer tips to help you recruit and retain young drivers at your business.
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.
Electronic Logging Devices were meant to promote a safer workplace for truckers and they were supposed to help trucking businesses improve safety. The goal was to make tracking, managing, and sharing Records of Duty Status (RODS) data easier and more efficient. An Electronic Logging Device syncs up to the engine to automatically track drive time.
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.