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May 6, 2013


* USA - Driver Turnover: Survey reveals that maximizing driver miles is most important in driver retention 

Beachwood,OH,USA -PYMTNS -7 Mat 2013: -- Truckload carriers continue to innovate to remain profitable, particularly through service diversification and driver retention, according to TMW Systems’ first annual Transportation and Logistics Study – North America For-Hire Truckload Carrier Benchmarking Survey, released today... The survey revealed the most important factor in retaining drivers: driver miles. Turnover and utilization are directly tied to driver pay miles. Turnover rates closely follow driver revenue miles per week. Companies whose drivers log the most hours have the lowest turnover rates, indicating the higher the utilization, the lower the turnover. Trucks sitting empty not only impact financial performance but also have a devastating effect on driver morale and overall retention. While home time is important, it is quantitatively clear that drivers need that time away from home to be consistently productive... 

* Canada - Industry consensus on how to move forward, has been more difficult to achieve

(Trimac is reaping the rewards from implementing recommendations laid out by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage)
Ottawa,ONT,CAN -CRA/BRTF -March 2013: -- Report: The trucking industry in Canada is facing a long-term, chronic shortage of qualified drivers. In some regions of the country and some sectors of the industry this is already in evidence. A number of systemic issues underpin the shortage – demographics of the driver population, public perceptions of the industry and the truck driving job, the fact that the truck driver job is not considered a skilled occupation outside the industry, a traditional “piece work” pay system that it can be argued places the burden of inefficiencies of the freight system created by others onto the backs of drivers, an unpopular lifestyle for many, increasing regulatory barriers and constraints, etc. Ask most Canadian motor carriers and they will say that looking ahead the shortage of truck drivers is their number one challenge. Many believe Canadian economic activity could stall if the industry – which is Canada’s most preferred mode of freight transportation -- is unable to keep the supply chains flowing. However, industry consensus on how to move forward to address the driver shortage has been more difficult to achieve. This is not surprising. Trucking is a very fragmented industry, operating in an ultra-competitive market...

* New Zealand - Trucking industry fears being decimated by Govt rule changes 

Auckland,NZ -The New Zealand News, by Adam Walker -May 5 2013: -- The New Zealand Trucking Association believes the industry could be decimated if overseas truck drivers aren't able to get work visas... The Association says the Government is removing truck driving from the skills shortage list, meaning qualified truck drivers won't be able to enter and work in New Zealand based solely on their employment prospects... It says the Government is doing this because it wants to force operators into hiring and training unemployed people to drive trucks...   Association spokeswoman Suzanne Hubball, says four out of five drivers in some companies are on special work visas, and it's already becoming tougher for overseas drivers to work here... The New Zealand Trucking Association believes a number of trucking companies would take their rigs off the road before allowing substandard drivers to take the wheel... Ms Hubball says most firms wouldn't give keys to under-qualified drivers...

* India -  Truck industry faces acute shortage of drivers

(Photo by Nagara Gopal - Few takers: Poor working conditions, which include spending months on the road away from family and long working hours among other concerns, deter people from working as truck drivers) 
New Delhi,India -The Hindu Business Line, by T. E. RAJA SIMHAN -May 5, 2013: -- A driver can earn Rs 30,000 a month, but many are content with getting Rs 6,000 working in retail outlets as security guards or driving smaller vehicles. The truck industry, which is the backbone of the transport sector and the economy, is in dire straits. There is enough cargo to carry but shortage of drivers has dealt a blow to this hugely unorganised industry, which mainly consists of single vehicle operators. While there is no official data, nearly 20 lakh vehicles or 10 per cent of the total vehicle population are always idle across the country for want of drivers, say industry stakeholders. This sector provides direct employment to nearly 1.2 crore and indirectly up to 10 crore people...  A visit to Red Hills truck terminal near Chennai, which is the biggest in this part of the State, paints a gloomy picture. There are over 100 vehicles lying idle for the want of drivers. Five years ago cargo availability was the biggest concern for vehicle owners. However, today, driver shortage is the top-most concern for owners, including large fleet operators and single vehicle operators. “Shortage of drivers is killing the industry,” said M.K. Janardanan of Okay Transport in Chennai. Nearly 10 per cent of vehicles are always idle, he said...

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