American trucking industry short over 72,000 drivers as supply chain crisis continues

Fueling the supply change crisis is a historical shortage in truck drivers. The American Trucking Association reported a total loss of 72,000 drivers since January 2020.

The association cites numerous issues, including those stemming from the pandemic such as vaccine mandates, along with an aging workforce. Primarily, the increased removal of drivers is suggested to be a result of a new drug testing policy. 

Over a year ago, the federal government established the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, which set new testing requirements for truck drivers. The registry is enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 

The New York Post spoke with employers who are struggling to hire drivers, despite abundant applicants. There is also a rising concern regarding the lack of alignment with state and federal drug laws. 

“There needs to be the ability to test for real-time impairment and not just recent or long-term past use of marijuana,” Scott Duvall, director of safety and compliance for TransForce Group, told the Post. 

Chief economist for the trucking association, Bob Costello, said, “This is a warning to the entire supply chain that if nothing changes, one day consumers could go to the grocery store and instead of seeing seven varieties of apples, there are only three because a shipment didn’t make it in,” reported the Post. 

International supply chain issues heightened in the past month, creating a range of economic and social issues in nearly every industry. These dilemmas essentially threaten the American way of life by limiting the worldliness of the market and thereby eliminating part of global trade. 




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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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