On December 16th, the White House released an Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Trucking Workforce. The Plan outlines various policies designed to attract and properly train the next generation of truck drivers. There are some elements in the Plan that OOIDA strongly supports, including an analysis of driver compensation and unpaid detention time. However, this proposal fails to immediately address excessively high driver turnover rates. Over the next 90 days, the administration will begin numerous initiatives in hopes of expanding access to quality driving jobs now and in the years ahead. These actions include:
- Reducing barriers to drivers getting CDLs
- Accelerating the expansion of Registered Apprenticeships
- Launching the Driving Good Jobs initiative, which marks a new partnership between the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Labor (DOL)
- An in-depth study of driver compensation by FMCSA and DOL
- An investigation of predatory truck leasing arrangements that dissuade drivers from entering or staying in the industry
The administration will also be conducting listening sessions with drivers, industry and labor leaders, and advocates to hear their perspectives. We will keep you updated as these listening sessions are announced and encourage you to participate if you have the opportunity.