Experts: New federal regulations could make finding truck drivers more difficult
The trucking industry has been feeling the impact of the nationwide worker shortage for some time. But now, new federal regulations may make it even more difficult to find drivers.
Shelley Cook has been part of her family's trucking business since she was a little girl and for years K and J has been able to train some of their own drivers. Beginning in february. This will no longer be allowed a lot of these folks still come from small communities where they've been exposed to maybe driving on a farm or some kind of egg commodity. And those folks no longer can come into a place like a small truck line, smaller truck languages, what we primarily have in the state of south Dakota and just come to work for us. Drivers looking to acquire a CDL will have to earn it through an accredited programs such as those offered at tech schools were very much in favor of having schooling for drivers were just not very much in favor of the additional restrictions. The main concern that an already thin driver pool may get even smaller. We're all of a sudden now taking more people out of the industry that can help move products, goods. This is just one more hurdle for them to get a CDL license. You already have to take the class, you already have to take the test, you have to pass that, you have to get the training. These programs can cost upwards of $5000 in order to entice folks, I can see a lot of businesses saying, you know what we'll cost share, But that's another cost of the business as well. And it's just a trickle down the issue doesn't lie with the new safety standards, but with the timing of implementing that as the nation is already short, 80,000 truckers now is not the time to put a bunch of onerous regulation on the industry. When we're trying to get products from place to place, we're seeing a bottleneck in the shipping industry and can't get things out of courts. Yeah.