Study finds causes of truck driver shortage

Study finds causes of truck driver shortage

A study has found truck drivers are moving out of the industry primarily due to the lack of home time and health issues.

Study finds causes of truck driver shortage The findings have been published in the 2016 Transportation Spotlight report completed by US recruitment and retention service HireRight.

The study looked at issues regarding the transportation industry and the causes of the worsening driver shortage.

The survey found 41% of drivers are concerned about the time spent away from home and health issues are driving 21% out of the industry.

Steven Spencer, manager director of transportation at HireRight, says the results are an eye-opener for the trucking industry.

“Driving is a physically demanding profession and getting proper rest, eating right and maintaining an exercise routine is a challenge due to the nature of the job,”

“The transportation industry is realizing that wellness programs and other methods of improving the quality of life for drivers, while relatively new to motor carriers, are effective ways to attract and retain drivers and boost their overall health, well-being and retention.”

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