This year has been filled with concerns that reverberated through the nation's trucking industry.
Recruiting and retaining drivers. Finding safe and secure parking. Government regulations. Driver health and safety. These were among the issues that occupied some of the industry's top leaders.
The Truckers Podcast spoke with some of those folks who are trying to solve those and other issues.
Here's a recap of our conversations.
Unique approach to truck parking problem
Evan Schelley is the CEO and co-founder of The Truck Parking Club, an online service that matches truckers in need of parking with places that have space on their properties where a truck can be parked. In our podcast conversation Schelley explaind his company's unique approach to helping solve the problem of having enough truck parking.
Expert offers drivers tips on proper sleep habits
As a driver, Dean Croke logged more than 2 million miles as a long-haul trucker, mostly driving massive road trains loaded with cattle across the unforgiving roads of Australia. He still holds a U.S. CDL. Now, Croke is the principal industry analyst for DAT Freight & Analytics, and, among other things, is an expert on the importance to truckers of getting a proper night's sleep. He offered some helpful tips during out podcast chat.
TCA president talks about industry and organization
Jim Ward is the president of the Truckload Carriers Association, one of the trucking industry's leading advocacy organizations. He came to the job after a successful career as president and CEO of D.M. Bowman, which today operates more than 380 trucks from eight East Coast terminals. During our podcast interview Ward discussed a number of issues including recruitment and regulations.
Trucking's critical issues survey explained
Each year, the American Transportation Research Institute takes the pulse of this nation's trucking industry, and issues its list of Critical Issues in Trucking. As president and COO of ATRI, Rebecca Brewster oversees that survey. She joined the Truckers News Podcast to offer an insider's view of the not just the top issues as seen by carriers and truckers, buit also explain how the survey is conducted and how the issues have changed over the year.
How tanker group seeks to attract drivers
This fall, the National Tank Truck Carriers organization took a bold step to create a driver recruitment and image campaign to attract truckers to this "small but mighty" portion of the nation's trucking industry. Ryan Streblow is the president and CEO of the organization and told the Truckers News podcast about the campaing and also about the scale of the tank truck industry and what it takes to be a tanker driver.