Driver shortage or turnover problem?

August 2, 2018


LLN (8/1/18) – Is it a driver shortage or turnover and retention problem? One expert offers her opinion. Also on today’s show: freight and rates continue to slip; diesel prices are on the rise after two weeks of declines; the Denham Amendment could still be play in the Senate; and Uber’s departure from the self-driving truck market.

0:00 – 10:10 – Newscast

10:10 – 24:52 – Turnover and Retention

24:52 – 40:11 – freight, rates slip; diesel prices ries

40:11 – 50:23 – Denham Amendment; Uber is out of self-driving trucks

Segment 1

Gary Walter Hills, Sr. of Monroe City, Mo., has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 27 years of safe, accident-free driving as part of the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.

Segment 2

Lana Batts’ company provides background screenings to the trucking industry, and she has some pretty specific views of the turnover and driver retention problem in trucking. Mary McKenna has a report.

Segment 3

Freight and rates continue to slip, but still remain much higher than last year at this time. Terry Scruton talks with Mark Montague of DAT, a company that provides market information for owner operators, carriers, brokers and shippers.

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Diesel price averages went up less than a penny in nine of the 10 regions in the U.S. Terry Scruton offers a detailed update on the price of diesel fuel and crude oil, including a break down by region and analysis.

Segment 4

A provision that could have a big impact on driver pay is still possible in the U.S. Senate. Mark Reddig covers that – plus Uber’s departure from the self-driving truck market – with Nile Elam of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.