Right after I blogged on the Wall Street Journal article here, I received a copy of the industry trade magazine Transportation Topics (Transportation Topics, 2012 Top 100 For Hire Carriers, p A3) that reported industry economist Noel Perry, at FTR Associates, stated that the trucking industry was going to be short 500,000 drivers in 2013! Today’s shortage of about 200,000 drivers will increase to around 800,000 drivers in 2014, [Perry] estimated. That is less than previous forecasts “but still a big deal,” he said. (http://www.overdriveonline.com/ftr-forecasts-higher-growth-driver-pay)
This is a HUGE problem! Only time will tell if the Wall Street Journal, or Mr. Perry, is more accurate. Either way it is a scary time on the roads!