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Trucker Shortage Worsens As Energy Sector Booms

NPR -- When goods arrive in Houston, they may come in containers stacked high on huge ships or strung out on long lines of rail cars. But to get to the customer, those goods need to be put on trucks and driven to their final destinations.

And now with the oil and gas sectors booming, the demand for truckers is soaring. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says oil delivered to refineries shot up 38 percent between 2011 and 2012.

But while the need for truckers is growing, the ranks of well-trained drivers are shrinking as baby boomers hit retirement age.

"The driver pool is aging, and there are not enough young drivers coming out of truck-driving school to replace those drivers, at the same time that the demand for freight is increasing," said Brian Fielkow, president of Jetco Delivery,


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 7:54:03 AM

Tux, yea, how does one get 3 years experience if no one hires ya?
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The needing 3 years experience is the killer in hiring.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:53:06 AM

of course, with some of the regulations that the government put into place over the past decade, it's no surprise that we have fewer truckers.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:01:56 AM

capt: that's okay, but how do you transport goods to and from the rail?
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captcarl5
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 3:54:43 PM

thats fine i will ship on the train
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:46:35 PM

At least one industry in need of workers.
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People need work,,,so,,,here you go!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 8:04:01 AM

Government regulations at work.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 6:21:33 AM

Youth today are more lazier than they were 20 years ago.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:25:23 AM

The truckers need to be dedicated and efficient to get the goods to the customers in a timely manner.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:16:17 AM

gotta be dedicated
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Someone surely has some serious jet lag.
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Garyallman
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:13:22 AM

That's sad to hear the independents getting hit from all sides with greater expenses, just gotta hope things pick up for them!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:09:24 AM

Not an easy job to keep sharp and safe all the time. One lapse, and the driver's world turns inside out.
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Garyallman
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:08:59 AM

I agree! Some are cut out for it mentally and physically, it does take a serious individual to do the job.
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Bald1usa
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:08:15 AM

I have several friends that are over the road drivers. It is a very hard life to say the least. It takes a special person and is not for the meek of heart. Two of my friends are independent's (owner-operator)that have to scrap for every load. One of them hauls only heavy equipment/oversize loads and works mostly east coast and south. The other one has a van trailer and hauls mostly mid-west and western states, but about twice a year heads east and south. Both work through "brokers" that put the runs out for driver bids. Both are staying busy and making a few bucks, but finding it tougher. Fuel costs, maintenance, taxes and insurance. etc are starting to take their toll. Permits have really gone up as well as escort services for oversize loads (which the driver pays out of pocket).

Another friend is a driver for a trucking company and only does "local" runs, and is salaried.

New regulations are causing a lot of expense for the owner-operators. They are getting hit from all sides.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 2:06:59 AM

Old News
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Obama used our tax dollars to export jobs, create massive unemployment and under-employment. He is the worst president ever. He wants to creat WW3 to cover up all of his constitutional violations and scandals. Wake up zOmbies!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:56:17 AM

And it just going to get worst.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:55:31 AM

so many good jobs in oil and gas, solar, not so much
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Garyallman
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:55:12 AM

Well trained is the understatement here! And patience of cast steel gotta respect the trucker on the road!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:54:12 AM

Old News
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:53:52 AM

Refardless of the pay it is not a job for everyone. Takes a unique type to do that job.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:51:56 AM

Not easy
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:51:50 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:49:48 AM

I'm no truck driver, but I can imagine just how difficult and stressful driving a big rig can be! It's an awesome responsibility and must be extremely frustrating at times to negotiate other drivers for road space and merging, oh man! Not for me! I'm amazed at the patience these guys have while dealing with other drivers on the road! They deserve more pay for sure.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:47:25 AM

oj
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ok
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:45:42 AM

Long hours, little home time, low wages - and you wonder why there is a shortage
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:43:13 AM

seriously, who really thinks "handling" 90,000+ lbs of mobile sounds like fun?
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:42:14 AM

There are probably unemployed out there. You would think they'd be heading to truck drivers' school.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:39:51 AM

The job takes well trained and serious people - male and female but it seems as though it has lost its glory and devoted individuals willing to spend hours upon hours on the road, away from home in all kinds of weather and road/highway conditions BUT it was fun back in the days!!!
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:39:41 AM

Livedream hit it dead on! There's no substitute for a seasoned truck driver with lots of road time under his belt.
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Too old now
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Can't get a CDL license overnight.
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:36:32 AM

More Old News
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Ok
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k
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call me...
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:18:06 AM

Hmm, think positive, job openings! May some of us seasoned citizens even...?
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Interest may increase when there are jobs available.
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Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 1:14:47 AM

Not surprising at all.
Long hours; Days away from family; Jarring, bouncy rides (even with air-ride) is hard on the lower back.
These are just a few reasons for driver shortages.

What's more troubling is the lack of experienced drivers and the short training of new truckers on the road.
This is definitely a safety concern.
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Everyone is aging.
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This was a very interesting and informative news article.
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Here you go! Good example of the Federal government at work.
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This could get scary!
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ok
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Safe truck driver should be the first priority.
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