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Attracting Qualified Truck Drivers for Trucking Industry


The trucking industry is changing and that means for the drivers as well.  With a higher standard reaching out across the industry through the CSA, certain trucking companies are finding themselves in a much different position than ever before.  No longer will all the blame be placed on truck drivers for violating HOS rules, running faulty or dangerous equipment or placing all the responsibility on the professional driver.  Both driver and company will receive violation points through the CSA.

It is imperative that trucking companies operate in a safe and professional manner or risk intervention from the CSA and if they fail to comply, the company could face an Operations Out-of Service Order.  Due to this new initiative, many experienced, veteran drivers are finding themselves out of work due to companies anticipating that tests for BMI and sleep apnea will be included in future government mandates.  Although the FMCSA has stated that as of right now, these tests are not a part of the CSA regulations, we believe that they will be included sometime in the future. Many older veteran drivers with desirable PSP’s are finding it difficult to find work, either because of their age  or physical appearance (BMI),  as some companies are adding additional testing to their hiring requirements.

Companies who are carrying out these tests appear to be searching  for the “cream of the crop”and are  most likely doing so,  to lower their insurance rates and ultimately increase their bottom line.  With many of the veteran drivers either retiring, leaving the industry or as a result of not being hired and  losing their jobs due to the effects of CSA and their PSP,  a flood of inexperienced drivers are anticipated. Many will show a “perfect” PSP as they are new to the industry and will not have a 3 and 5 year look back of violations and crashes.  These perfect PSP records will then reflect a perfect driver safety score for the motor carrier as long as they do not receive violations once employed.

Trucking companies are reacting to the CSA ( including their anticipation for possible future medical mandates), and driver PSP, and  therefore  experienced truck drivers are being dismissed by many within the the industry.  Furthermore,  many  motor carriers are now very concerned about the lack of qualified truck drivers available to them.  Ironically, there are  trucking companies who are finding quality, professional drivers to hire and are not having these same problems.  I believe that the motor carriers who will eventually  have the most problems “finding” quality drivers, will not just be because of the driver PSP, but will be more to do with their treatment of drivers in the past and their unwillingness to change their ways.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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