Driver Shortage (supposedly)

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by jon69, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. jon69

    jon69 Medium Load Member

    Jun 19, 2018
    They keep talking about a driver shortage yet personally I dont see one. Every company out there treats their drivers like dogs or actually worse than dogs. Dogs have a better life than drivers do.

    Look at the orientation processes of some of these companies. Shipex comes to mind where the applicant is berated, humiliated and treated like crap even before he/she gets hired! Why is this? Only reason I know is that there is no driver shortage. Companies know for every applicant there are 10 more waiting in line.

    Look at all the immigrants going into this line of work. Every time at a shipper or receiver Im scratching my head thinking Im in the wrong profession,

    Now if an applicant gets treated like garbage during the hiring process, what most likely is going to happen when they get hired on and start driving? They willl be treated even worse in my opinion. Need be careful out their fellow drivers. Driver abuse is going on like never seen before and looks like its getting worse.

    What will happen after the elections? Any change for us?

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  3. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    If you allow unacceptable behavior who's fault is it?
  4. TheLoadOut

    TheLoadOut Heavy Load Member

    Nov 6, 2019
    The shortage is of people that just want to work in general. If they allow themselves to be treated poorly that's on them. Bring something to the table other than a bad attitude and dirty clothes.
  5. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    I've walked out of a few interviews before finishing the application. It's only going to go downhill from there.
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  6. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
    people need to know that an interview goes both ways.

    ask questions! you should be interviewing them to see if you want to work there. granted there will be alot of b/s from them though.
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  7. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    I've detected the we treat our drivers like slaves vibe from a few recruiters in the past and hung up on them .
    Not a driver shortage but definitely a shortage of drivers willing to be treated like something
    a manager found under theyre shoe .
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  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    There's no shortage of drivers. Most big city truckstops are full all day long because There's no freight that pays.
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  9. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Okay, wait a sec, hold on here, there are mostly good drivers out there still, it's just our focus today is on the ones that screw up, with cameras everywhere. Let me tell you a little story, several years back, my daughter moved to Cal. from Milwaukee and we shipped her car. A call from the driver, who barely spoke English, showed up. Naturally, I was concerned, but as he loaded the car, I got the 411 on this guy. Turns out, he was 25 years old, came from Somalia, and through a series of gestures, and broken English, he was a very nice guy, and clearly, willing to work. He came here, which was no easy task, and was trying to make enough money to bring his family here, who probably lived in a cardboard box. I wished him a safe trip, they probably paid this kid peanuts driving an old FL Freightliner, but sure as heck, 2.5 days later, he showed up in L.A., right on schedule. Moral of story, don't sell all these drivers short, it's our own fault, like Loadout sez, nobody from America wants to work. It's a pixx poor situation, and you can't blame people from other countries wanting to come here. After all, our ancestors did the same thing.
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  10. Plantfoam

    Plantfoam Light Load Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    I think you're applying at the wrong places.
  11. smokey12

    smokey12 Road Train Member

    May 30, 2012
    Yes it's not their fault, 500 a week is great money in their eyes. I have met some very friendly and hard-working Sikhs on the road. You can't blame them, they are just trying to make a better life like the rest of us. What gets me are these companies that preach " safety" but could care less about retaining safe and experienced drivers. The first company I worked for did nothing but post pics of their new 50 drivers every week, screw their experienced ones..that's why nobody stayed. Trucking associations and big companies have a strong lobby in DC, increased freight rates will just be passed on to the consumer and they certainly don't like that. Drivers will continue to be the scapegoat for's all in the name of greed and profit.
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