It appears young people aren’t interested in driving truck for a living.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance says nearly 30% of drivers are now 55 or older and the industry is not having an easy time recruiting people to take over for those retiring.
That could result in a serious shortage and by 2024, the industry could be short as many as 48,000 drivers.
Canadian Trucking Alliance David Bradley believes one of the reasons young people aren’t joining the field is due to the lifestyle associated with trucking.
Bradley says the long hours on the road and missing family events isn’t attractive to a younger generation.
The average salary for a truck driver was listed as nearly 41-thousand dollars in 2011, but it’s almost double for long-haul drivers.