It has been in the news quite a bit lately because it has a huge impact on the economy. That is the truck driver shortage being seen across the country. Washington is not immune from this issue either. Every state has its struggles. Even with hugely increased salaries, there seems to be no end in sight for the driver shortage, according to Trucks.
Not only is there a shortage of drivers but also a shortage of trucks. This does not look good overall. Truck drivers help keep our economy alive through delivery and transporting goods. While there are other methods of delivery, trucks remain the solid standby because they are efficient and effective. They can go wherever the need is unlike other delivery options while also providing the ability to deliver large loads.
There are a few reasons why companies cannot find enough drivers. While pay has risen, it does not seem to balance out for the demands of the job. Furthermore, pay is rarely ever a straightforward thing, typically being reliant upon the load hauled or the miles driven and not the hours worked. Drivers often work up to 65 hours a week on average. If a breakdown or bad weather takes a driver off the road, he or she makes no money, which can be very stressful. Federal regulations also limit pay by limiting hours driven. Often the pay does not equal out to the number of hours a driver works.
In addition, the job is not an easy one. It requires hours of isolation and plenty of stress. There is not a lot of stability either. Drivers can find work more easily in other areas with better working conditions and pay. Compounding things is the fact unemployment is at a record low, so there just are not as many people looking for work. This information is for education and is not legal advice.