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Industry "experts" say that 100,000 new drivers are needed yearly to offset the truck driver shortage problem. As the new hours of service rule kicks in, motor carriers continue to have a difficult time finding new hires with the main reason being the description, low pay and lifestyle of the profession.
Truck driver turnover rate held at 90% in the fourth-quarter of 2012 as recruiters report the difficulty on finding those willing to do the OTR job. In 2012, the average age for the professional trucker was 48, with 21% of CMV drivers being 55-65 years of age.
New HOS rules, the CSA and continual regulations hiting the industry are being noticed by even would-be hires and they are not taking the jobs, even during a time of high unemployment.
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