From Max Heine, Overdrive:
One recent statistic is that the American Trucking Associations says third-quarter turnover for large truckload fleets rose 5 percentage points to 95 percent. ATA frets that the driver shortage is headed for “an all-time high.” Most owner-operators more correctly assess the true shortage as one of driver pay.
In last year’s “What Drivers Want Survey,” done by Overdrive and Truckers News, owner-operators said low pay is the top reason why fleets have trouble attracting and retaining drivers. Nothing new there, but there’s a curious twist in the response to another question: “What is the one thing you dislike most about your job?” Only 4 percent of owner-operators cited insufficient pay.