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Insurance and Age Restrictions Block Truck Driver Recruiting

Michigan Trucking Companies and the Driver Shortage

Transport Topics is reporting on the trouble trucking companies in Michigan are experiencing filling seats in their January 11, 2018, article headlined "Michigan Trucking Companies Struggle to Find Drivers".With an aging workforce and average driver ages reaching 49, the scramble is on to recruit new drivers to replace the valuable experienced veteran drivers now reaching retirement age. 

With new ELD mandates restricting hours of operation, and a booming economy where nearly every product is transported by truck at some point, recruiting new drivers to replace retiring "baby boomers" is a high priority for the Michigan trucking segment as well as the trucking industry nationwide. In the Transport Topics report two trucking companies, Transway and Teddy's Transport, offered their input on the major obstacles they're facing when recruiting new drivers.

Insurance Company Restrictions

Restrictions placed on trucking companies by their insurance companies rule out an important class of potential young recruits. Most require a minimum age of 23 with at least two years of driving experience and less than 3 points on their motor vehicle record. That eliminates a valuable class of high school graduates from the potential driver recruiting pool. 

Federal Age Restrictions

The federal regulations requiring the minimum age of 21 before driving across state lines prevents driver recruitment from the 18-20 age class. As Helen Zeerip, president of Teddy's Transport in Holland, MI states in the Transport Topics report, "Even if you could hire a high school graduate, they would have to drive only in the state you are domiciled in." 

Incentives For Truck Drivers

With the industry scrambling to recruit replacements and retain veterans there may have never been a better time to be an OTR truck driver. New drivers can cash in with sign-on and referral bonuses, and paid orientation programs. Veteran drivers can reap the benefits of upgraded pay for documented driver experience, flexible scheduling for more at home time, and the newest trucks and equipment for safety and driver comfort.

Michigan Trucks carries all makes and models of pre-owned semi trucks, trailers, and construction equipment. Our 12-bay service department has the space and the best-qualified technicians to keep your fleet rolling. We don't just sell you a truck. At Michigan Truck you can begin a lasting partnership that protects your investment and keeps you on the road, so don't hesitate to contact us.


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