White House Outlines Plan to Recruit Truck Drivers

The White House on Dec. 16 unveiled its Trucking Action Plan.

The plan aims to reverse the decline of the trucking workforce with coordinated efforts among the Departments of Labor and Transportation (DOT), including DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Several initiatives aim to foster more registered apprenticeship programs, ensuring the industry has a “steady pipeline of skilled, safe, and experienced drivers.”

Other efforts focus on helping U.S. military veterans (especially those with previous truck driving experience) transition into commercial driver positions.

Yet more actions focus on training commercial drivers aged 18-21; recruiting and advancing women in trucking; investigating predatory truck-leasing agreements; conducting a study on driver compensation and time; and streamlining commercial driver’s license processing and testing.

At the end of 90 days (March 16), all coordinating federal agencies intend to deliver a more comprehensive, long-term action plan, informed by listening sessions.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Dec. 23, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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