Truck Driver Shortage Could Cause Problems This Holiday Season
WACO, Texas – There has been a need for more truck drivers for years, but it continues to worsen as trucking companies struggle to fill vacancies.
“Sometimes we go months without anyone applying,” said Daniel Amador, co-owner of Dan’s Transport in Waco. “We have a sign posted all the time, we just don’t bring anyone in.”
Dan’s Transport has been open for years, but Amador said the shortage of truck drivers continues to worsen over time.
John Esparza, president and CEO of the Texas Trucking Association, said the shortage persisted long before the COVID pandemic and it was difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.
“We have a growing problem and we don’t know how to solve it,” Esparza said. “And I don’t think there’s a solution to that either. It’s going to be a problem for some time to come.”
Even with a good salary and benefits, young people do not show interest in work. It is important, however, especially as the holidays approach.
“The proliferation of products, the assortment of products, is going to become scarce. It’s going to get thinner,” said Pedro Reyes, professor of supply chain management at Baylor University.
Reyes also attributes a large save of shipping containers at a west coast port as a source of supply chain problems, also linked to a labor shortage.
Esparza said holiday shoppers may not want to count on a two-day expedition this year and start shopping early.
“We are lulled into this perception that, oh, I can order it online and it will be here in two days, Amazon Prime, no problem,” Esparza said.
But increased product demand and a lack of drivers could put more pressure on an already strained industry.
More information on how to obtain a commercial driver’s license is available on the Texas Department of Public Safety website.