AMM Moving Metals Conference Depleted driver pipeline may bring truck shortage

Dec 13, 2010 | 12:14 PM |

Truck drivers "are not going to be at our beck and call anymore," according to Steven Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of Maverick USA Inc., North Little Rock, Ark., a flatbed carrier that covers every major steel-producing region east of the Mississippi River.

Williams warned at AMM's 5th annual Moving Metals Conference in Pittsburgh that a shortage of drivers will affect carriers and shippers alike.

"The overall driver hiring pipeline has shrunk," said Williams, whose company has hauled steel for three generations. First, he said, there is a natural lag between older drivers retiring and training new drivers. Then there is "heightened scrutiny" of the trucking industry by government and the heightened scrutiny of drivers by carriers themselves.

Perhaps most importantly, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration's Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA 2010) rules, portions of which went into effect over the weekend, "is going to be a real big deal," he said.....

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