Why There’s A Truck Driver Shortage

Truck drivers aren’t praised for their job, in fact they get little recognition. The economy depends on truck drivers to transport freight and other items Americans purchase. As a direct result of the lack of drivers the cost of goods and shipping costs will inflate, but what’s really causing the shortage of drivers may surprise you.

One issue impacting the shortage is age and gender. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age of a commercial truck driver in the U.S. is 55 years old, that’s just 11 years till retirement, at age 66. What’s surprising is the Department of Transportation requires all professional drivers to be at least 21 years old, which is quite the age gap for the average trucker. So what’s causing the younger generation not to pursue a career in trucking? Well, the unemployment rate for millennials is more than twice the national average, at a soaring 12.8 percent. Millennials aren’t all to blame though, because statistically only 8 percent of truck drivers are female. Companies are so desperate to hire drivers they’re offering signing bonuses, pay raises, and referrals. Some companies even started to offer free online-college tuition for their drivers. If the trucking industry can market to women and the younger generation, it might solve part of the problem.

We need to consider what it’s like to be on the road, then maybe we’ll understand why this is a dying profession. Professional drivers barely get to see their families and the constant trips make it hard to maintain relationships. Leah Fessler, a publicist for Quartz wrote, “ The 50% divorce rate statistic is a myth. Divorce rates vary by factors like race, education level, and employment status.” According to Fessler the divorce rate for truck drivers is 44.2 percent. This doesn’t mean that if you’re a truck driver you’ll get divorced, there’s other factors at play. This occupation is difficult and demands a lot of time away from your loved ones. Becoming a truck driver isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle choice.

Truck drivers don’t get the respect they deserve. People often don’t take into consideration the amount of time it takes a semi-truck to stop, nor do they see all they’ve sacrificed to keep us safe on the road. CEO and owner of Ezlogz, CJ “Sergey” Karman, was in the logistics industry for over 12 years, drove all 48 states, he also owned a trucking company, and was a broker and safety director. His response to the question if his years of experience being a truck driver still has its side effects, CJ responded,

Once a trucker, always a trucker. I’m grateful for having that experience. I do miss it at times, but truckers don’t get the respect they deserve. The extra stress, aside from driving, that’s brought on from paperwork like BOL, lumper and fuel receipts, is why we created the platform Ezlogz. We’ve been able to help drivers be more organized and lead a less stressful life on the road.

Many people like CJ, who used to be drivers, will never forget the life on the road and have the utmost respect for this occupation. It’s a profession America can’t afford to lose.

Sorce:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/the-long-white-line-the-mental-and-physical-effects-of-long-haul-trucking
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm#tab-6
https://qz.com/1069806/the-highest-and-lowest-divorce-rates-in-america-by-occupation-and-industry/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryalton/2016/12/22/millennials-are-struggling-to-get-jobs-heres-why-and-what-to-do-about-it/#3f536eba4bb0

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HOS: Who Has to Comply?

As previously stated in a recent post, HOS – Hours of Service – is a federal regulation of limitations most truckers have for the length of time they can be driving or be required to take rest breaks.

Who is required to comply with these regulations? Here is a simple breakdown stated directly from the FMCSA:

“In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards”

 

Sources: “Hours of Service.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Department of Transportation, 30 Dec. 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service.

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Self Driving Freight?

 

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Amazon discussing future ideas for autopilot drones that make their own deliveries, Tesla creating a self driving car, and companies like XPO Logistics Inc making the move with the use of robotic machines to raise mass production in their warehouses, what are plans for the future in the trucking industry?

It’s a possibility that one day in the future, trucks will have self driving deliveries that make it from destination A to B or robotic machines that can make deliveries themselves, with technology and innovation rapidly growing every day, anything is possible.

 

 

Sources: “The Future of Freight: What’s Your Vision?” Transport Topics, 5 Apr. 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/future-freight-whats-your-vision.

“Profit, Revenue Grow at XPO as It Invests in Tech.” Transport Topics, 3 May 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/profit-revenue-grow-xpo-it-invests-tech.

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Keep Calm and Ezlogz

  • image by Ezlogz COO via Washington State

Keep calm and Ezlogz! As stated above, Ezlogz is free to all basic users. Give our app a try and upgrade when you’re ready:

Call (877) 395-6491 or visit us at Www.Ezlogz.com for more information.

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One Wrong Turn into a 4 Day Excursion

The New York Post – the 4th largest newspaper in the United States and leading digital media publisher – reported that a trucker from Portland, OR – Jacob Cartwright, 22 years old – was en route to his destination when he put in the wrong address and got stuck in the woods in an area with limited cell reception.

Cartwright was hauling a trailer full of potato chips and claimed he never ate or took any with him during his 14 mile walk in a span of four days.

He finally ended up in the town of La Grande dehydrated and determined to get back to his wife and kids.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

 

Sources: Associated Press. “Trucker’s Wrong Turn Turns into Four-Day, 14-Mile Hike for Survival.” New York Post, New York Post, 30 Apr. 2018, nypost.com/2018/04/30/truckers-wrong-turn-turns-into-four-day-14-mile-hike-for-survival/.

“New York Post.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Apr. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Post.

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Outcomes of Truck Accidents

The most important thing when going behind the wheel of any motor vehicle is being safe and staying alert. But what are the major outcomes you could get from an accident of a commercial motor vehicle?

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Here are a few critical things that could occur:

  1. Insurance & Truck Repairs
  2. Possible Explosion – if a colliding compact car were to catch on fire –
  3. Rollover
  4. Possible Death or Critical Injuries to Yourself or Others

The biggest factor that created the December Mandate of 2017 was to require rest breaks to truckers in the hopes of resulting in less accidents due from falling asleep at the wheel which will potentially avoid more accidents and less likely for these critical outcomes to occur.

 

Source: “How Bad Can a Truck Accident Mess Up Your Car?” Trucker News, truckernews.com/how-bad-can-a-truck-accident-mess-up-your-car/.

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Higher Pay for Truck Drivers?

Due to a recent shortage in truck drivers, major trucking companies are considering higher pay to level out from the losses that spiked after the beginning of 2018.

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With less drivers, the higher demand in supplies has raised the prices for transport on items as simple as cereal resulting in the compensation major companies are considering as an option.

 

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The Benefits of Blockchain

First of all, what is blockchain and why is it beneficial?

A list of records that continuously grows are known as blocks. Each block has transaction data and a time stamp that are secured through cryptography. Blocks and previous blocks are connected through cryptographic hashes – a mathematical algorithm designed as a one-way function – which thus creates blockchains.

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Blockchain was invented in 2008 by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 for use in cryptocurrency bitcoin.

One of the main benefits of blockchain is it’s resistance to modification of the data stored and it’s support through a decentralized network.

Ezlogz Inc. is the first and only ELD provider through blockchain technology;

Call (877) 395-6491 or visit us at Www.Ezlogz.com for more information.

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Top 3 Biggest Myths of ELD’s

With all these laws and regulations being mandated recently, it’s easy to cloud your judgement on what exactly is true to having an ELD device.

Here are the top 3 biggest myths that we hear about most:

1.) I GOT A VIOLATION, HOW CAN I FIX THIS?

  • If you received a driving violation, there is no way to fix this; UNLESS it was a violation within the app.

2.) I CAN USE MY ELD ON ANY TRUCK OR FLEET

  • Every device has it’s own MAC ID and Vin number linked to the truck it was set up to. An ELD device is not a “plug and play” type of device that you can simply stick into any truck.

3.) I CAN DELETE MY LOGS OR EDIT MY MILES

  • There is no way to edit your miles which is a partial reason for the “ELD Mandate” of December 2017.
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FMCSA Assigned Severity Weights to ELD’s

According to Transport Topics News, the FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – has assigned severity weights as a rating system for ELD violations:

  • Image by Lance Holt via [https://www.gpsinsight.com/blog/the-consequences-of-not-implementing-eld] (copyright-free)

“As of April 1, 2018, violations related to electronic logging device regulations found during roadside inspections are being used in the SMS (Safety Measurement System). These violations are not being applied retroactively; violations recorded prior to April 1, 2018, will not be counted in SMS. Motor carriers that have received ELD-related violations will start to see them reflected in their HOS Compliance BASIC in early May 2018 when the next monthly SMS results are released.” (FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations)

The scoring system for severity weights will range from one point to five points. For a complete list of severity weights and how violations will be scored can be found directly from the FMCSA website.

Sources:

  • Miler, Eric. “FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations.” Transport Topics News, Transport Topics, 17 Apr. 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcsa-assigns-csa-severity-weights-eld-violations.
  • Holt, Lance. “The Consequences of Not Implementing ELD.” GPS Insight, 27 Apr. 2018, www.gpsinsight.com/blog/the-consequences-of-not-implementing-eld/.
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