Canadian Trucking Alliance conducted a study which revealed that the trucking industry in the nation will have 48,000 driver vacancies by 2024. The industry including trucking in Guelph admits that driver shortage is currently one of the biggest problems they are facing. Businesses in freight and logistics are findings ways to fill in these positions because the vacancies are piling as baby boomers are ageing and leaving their trucking careers.
According to Lexon Transport’s company director, Marc Decarie, the number of their trucks is greater than the number of drivers employed. As of the moment, they have six trucks on parking mode because there are no drivers. He admitted that because of the shortage, even he had to fill in another role which is driving the trucks. It happened several times because they have orders from clients that they need to fulfill. He helps in delivering building materials, auto parts and steel products to clients.
Decarie said that one of the reasons why many are not willing to apply for the job is because the career is not as glamorous as before and young people do not find interest or mystery with driving a truck. Despite constant brainstorming, he is running out of ideas on how to encourage young people to take on truck driving. Even driving schools are faced with the same dead end.
The same predicament is faced by Westchester Logistics which is located in Ontario. They have a contract wherein they must deliver ice cream products all over central Ontario but they cannot fulfill the order because there are no drivers. As a solution, they established a driving school yet even this was not enough to satisfy the demand.
The demographic is no longer meeting the need of the trucking industry. Driving schools are bombarded with calls from companies who wanted to hire their graduates.
According to an industry study, the average of truckers in Canada is currently 48 years old. This is one proof that the younger generation is slowly losing interest. The industry is now facing another possibility – women might be entering the scene which is previously dominated by males.