Biden Administration Launches New Initiatives To Address National Truck Driver Shortage
The Biden Administration is launching a new series of initiatives aimed at increasing the number of qualified CDL drivers available to motor carriers nationwide.
The “Trucking Action Plan” (Plan) is designed to draw new CDL drivers into the profession and retain those currently employed in an effort to eliminate the current 80,000 driver shortfall nationwide.
The Departments of Transportation and Labor will be spearheading the effort with specific driver recruitment and retainment initiatives, stakeholder meetings, listening sessions and regulatory reform.
The Plan will address an array of issues, including low pay, regulatory processing delays, long hours that force drivers and potential applicants into other professions. The goal is to support and expand access to quality driving jobs that attract new drivers, according to the Administration.