Canada’s trucking industry could soon be facing a serious driver shortage.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance says nearly 30 per cent of drivers are now 55 or older, and with thousands of them nearing retirement, the industry is having trouble recruiting young drivers to take the wheel.
It’s feared industry could be short as many as 48-thousand drivers by the year 2024.
There are a number of reasons for the looming shortage, but many believe the lifestyle of long hours on the road and missing family events simply isn’t attractive to a younger generation.
Canadian Trucking Alliance David Bradley says it’s harder to attract younger people or those with families, who tend to place a higher emphasis on work-life balance than older generations.
The average salary for a truck driver was listed as nearly 41-thousand dollars in 2011, though Bradley says long-haul drivers can easily make 70-to-80-thousand a year.