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Posted: 04/08/22 07:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed the number of commercial trucks on Interstates? We just came back from a trip into North Carolina and I never recall seeing more trucks on the highway. Is the truck driver shortage over now? If there is truly a shortage of truckers then when the situation is resolved there will be no room on the highways for anyone else!! Just sayin...


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just my though,s it,s all man made. even the gas, ships, etc .

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Posted: 04/08/22 07:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

midnightsadie wrote:

just my though,s it,s all man made. even the gas, ships, etc .



Very well said. I agree the usual bs from the media and g

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I remember last summer while traveling through the Carolinas we saw lumber piled high in fields. The word circulated at the time was there was a lumber shortage and prices went through the roof. I know a few people trying to build a new home and the cost overrun and shortage created significant problems for them. Yet I could see stacks of lumber in the south.

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I too have noticed that and wondered. I also noticed a massive increase in the number of trucks in rest areas, to the point where I can almost never get a parking space for my DP, especially overnight.

I have mentioned this situation and did get a good answer about the rest areas. The crowd there is a side effect from electronic log books. Everyone knows that many drivers used to have two sets of logs which made it possible for them to drive more. Now with electronic log books, that is not the case so more trucks have to park more. I can see where this would also generate more trucks on the road to make up the difference of fewer trucks, well, on the road.

I had not extended my thoughts on that until this post.

Now the question is, do more trucks on the road make it less safe to drive on the roads? Or, does the electronic log book actually reduce safety on the road?

Wouldn't be the first time a law back fired on it's intended purpose.


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Electronic log books have existed for a while. I doubt this is causing the sudden surge at rest areas. I don't think there is any doubt that trucks make the highways unsafe because these guys are paid by the mile, not by the hour!! The only way for them to make money in most cases is drive a lot of miles. You can make more money at 70 mph than 55 mph.

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And don't forget that many of those drivers are new and can't speak English. I even understand that to pass the CDL test they have to have someone translate for them.


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Posted: 04/08/22 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The real shortage is well paid positions with reasonable working conditions.


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My thoughts on labor shortage in general; If you order a ice-cream cone, the girl says "That will be $3.75" You will only give $3.25. Is there a ice cream shortage?

Truck drivers; Late '70s, the great "deregulation" of trucking industry only reduced regulation on routes/service and freight rates. And allowed most of the companies that had union contracts to fold, open under another name as non-union.
I owned/drove my own truck for over 30 years. Early last year, I sent out a few applications, thinking I could run a few short trips a month. (When drivers are paid by mile, a load that moves less than 500 miles in a day reduces the paycheck) 3 of the companies that contacted me sent pictures of the closet space in the sleeper. "Look! We have room for enough clothes for 3 weeks!" The companies that would promise "Home every week" would only guarantee 10 hours at home. Yes, you might have to spend 36 hour reset someplace else.
Then, just for snots and grins, look at all the regulations the drivers are responsible to be sure the company follows, or he will pay the fine.
If driver shortage is such a problem, why are they treated so bad that the average turnover is over 80%? (Some companies run well over 200%)

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I have noticed the exact same thing as I drive.

I drove big trucks for 20+ years, all over the east coast, and am glad I got out when I did.. WAY TOO MUCH regulations now, and the E-logs are a HUGE reason why the rest stops are over crowded..

We had a driver parked in front of our shop, he needed to move as he was in the way, he had to start it and crawl under 3 mph ( or something close ) as he was out of his hours...

Another issue is ALL the BIG guys ( Amazon and such ) are hiring all the drivers.. I have adds run in 3 different facilities trying to get qualified CDL A drivers.. Most that actually show up for the interview state that they can go to Amazon for BIG $$$. Heck, Walmart just announced that they are raising the starting pay of their drivers to $110,000 for the first year


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