Louisiana’s truckers cast bigger net to attract more drivers

“At the moment, we can only take five students at a time because that’s all I can put in the truck.” JASON BUTCHER, CDL instructor, Baton Rouge Community College (Don Kadair)

Louisiana’s beleaguered trucking industry blames systemic issues for a worsening driver shortage and hopes to cast a bigger net to entice more non-traditional workers to the industry, reports 10/12 Industry Report in its latest issue.

Renee Amar, executive director of the Louisiana Motor Transport Association in Baton Rouge, feels the most impactful change would be lowering the federal driving age from 21 to 18 years old for interstate trucking. Younger drivers can currently drive within the state, but not across state lines.

Attracting more women to the industry would be another option. “We need to understand the psychology of why we have such a hard time recruiting women into the profession,” Amar says. Read the entire story.