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Driver Shortage Explains High Number of Unseated Trucks

Posted January 08, 2018

Under Economic Issues, Logistics & Supply Chain Issues

(Burney Simpson – Transport Topics)

More than 90% of fleets had unseated trucks in the fourth quarter despite the capacity crunch the industry is facing, according to the Trends in Truckload Recruitment and Retention report, a nonscientific survey of recruiters at the fleet clients of Driver iQ.

Further, 34% of fleets had 6% or more of their trucks unseated.

That doesn’t fit with a DAT Solutions finding that the load-to-truck ratio in December for dry vans was nine loads for every truck, the highest rate ever. DAT found that load-to-truck ratios for reefers and flatbeds were both near all-time highs.

But the disparity makes sense when considering the current driver shortage, Driver iQ Co-President Lana Batts said. The Tulsa, Okla.-based firm provides background screening services for the trucking industry, and its clients oversee about 50,000 trucks. Click here to read more.