POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 5:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 9:23am
Tyler, TX — The truck-driver shortage is a nation-wide problem. Driver regulations are known to contribute to the driver shortage.
The U.S Department of Transportation has a program to improve commerical vehicle safety by monitoring the performance of drivers and carriers.
Driving truck can be a stressful and demanding job, driving long hours, sacfricing not being with family, traffic hassels, traveling 500 to 600 miles a day.
More trucking companies are losing drivers. The trucking industry has strict state and federal regulations that truck drivers must follow.
Several factors can limit the transporation industry…one important factor is- there aren't enough drivers.
Why is there a continuing shortage in the transportation industry?
A truck driver from South Carolina stopped at a truck stop in Tyler and told us his thoughts of the business.
"I think this is a great industry to get into, I just think there are a lot of people a bit under qualified, I'm really glad about regulations they are putting in place for it, keeps a lot of people from being out there that don't belong out there," said David Odom.
The silver lining of thedriver shortage is that it can create more job opportunties.
More truck drivers on the road means-- more truck shipments to be made.