In a recent article on Landline Media, Chris Spear is quoted as saying there is simply a chronic shortage of talent. He means there is a driver shortage. The ATA continues to push for more legislation to make it even easier to get a CDL. As if it isn't easy enough as it is. I would say there is a lack of talent at the ATA HQ. This is a tired line and I think they should get a new one. Now they want to recruit more women and minorities into trucking. I guess they have run out of who would be traditional truck drivers to take advantage of so they are branching out. While it may be good to encourage all people to pursue a career in driving, the ATA should work at improving the working conditions of drivers rather than trying to attract new drivers. If they just kept more of the people they already have they would not need as many new drivers. Let's face it, trucking is not that attractive of a career to most women, especially OTR trucking. I suppose local driving is a different story. Lack of bathrooms, poor treatment from men in the industry, low pay and the myriad other problems cause women to stay away. This could be the proof that women are smarter than men! Seriously, though, I would like to see the ATA just one time call out its own companies on the treatment they give to drivers. When a company, any company in any industry, has a turnover rate of 100% plus, it is the fault of the company. I will ask them why they don't do this at the Mid-America Truck Show in March. They usually have a large booth.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.