The Dept. of Transportation (DOT) and the Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition (TIMTC) are sponsoring a free webinar on July 13 where experts will discuss how carriers can identify, recruit and retain quality truck drivers.
New government regulations, driver downsizing during the last recession and an aging workforce have dramatically reduced the number of qualified truck drivers in the U.S., organizers of the webinar said. It is currently estimated that the industry will be facing a shortage of between 100,000 and 200,000 drivers in the next two years. On top of that, several states are experiencing a boom in natural gas production and carriers must compete with high paying jobs in the oil fields.
As the economy improves, fleets must look for new and innovative ways to attract and keep good truck drivers, TIMTC said.
The webinar will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 13, and will feature Mike Card, president, Combined Transport, and Tom Balzer, executive vice president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Assn.
Participants will need access to the Internet and a telephone. To register, visit the TIMTC website at www.freightmobility.com. An email with instructions for joining the webinar will be sent to all registrants.
Participation TIMTC is free and provides the latest information and updates on trucking industry initiatives that improve trucking’s safety and mobility. Send your contact information to [email protected] to join.