Finding & keeping drivers: $65,000 minimum wage?

A minimum wage for truckers of $65,000 to $70,000?

That was one of several suggestions made by the chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) during a driver recruitment and retention conference in Nashville, Tenn. Thursday (Feb. 5).

But, TCA Chairman Shepard Dunn of Indiana-based Bestway Express said that pay is just part of the solution to the growing driver shortage. Dunn also said companies need to:

  • “Work more with customers on length of haul” to better fit driver’s home needs.
  • Work with sales reps to identify more “driver-friendly freight,” from the aforementioned haul lengths to shippers and receivers where detention is not an issue.
  • Any driver quality-of-life improvements “will pay dividends” through recruiting and retention efforts.

See Todd Dills’ complete story at Commercial Carrier Journal.