A shortage of qualified truck drivers is impacting, or may impact, the operations of 70 percent of truck fleets polled in a survey released today by an industry consultancy.
The quarterly survey of 52 fleets conducted by CK Commercial Vehicle Research of Columbus, Ohio, also found that 42 percent of those surveyed are currently experiencing problems filling empty seats as well as adding units to meet demand. Another 32 percent said they are currently unaffected but believe they could be impacted in the future by a dearth of qualified drivers.
The survey, conducted in April, polled for-hire, private, and government fleets of various sizes. Collectively, the fleets that were surveyed operate more than 77,000 medium- and heavy-duty rigs and 132,000 trailers.