Efforts to Overcome Driver Shortage

There has been an uptick in motorcoach travel recently. More people are taking the multimodal option of travel, which is great news for the industry. What is not so great for the motorcoach, intercity and school bus and trucking industry is that there has been a severe shortage of drivers over the last decade and there doesn’t seem to be an end coming soon.

For many companies and communities this situation is becoming a disruptive epidemic. Schools are seeing children sitting on buses longer because drivers need to expand routes so all children have a ride to and from school. Schools are also curtailing extracurricular activities because of the lack of transportation. Charter and intercity bus companies are cutting routes because there aren’t enough drivers to be everywhere they need to be. Trucking companies are losing freight customers who are choosing to use rail to move their goods because there are not enough drivers. And more and more companies are paying budget-breaking overtime pay just to get the job done.

Is there an end in sight? Why are people shying away from the transportation industry? Many businesses and industry officials continue scratching their heads trying to answer those questions. To help alleviate the situation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has agreed to waive portions of the CDL driving test for certain military truck drivers, stating it granted the exemption because the training for these drivers in the military includes “many hours of classroom training, practical skills training and on-the-road training.” The agency added the hours of training these drivers receive in the military is greater than the number of hours required in the agency’s proposed Entry-Level Driver Training rule. The FMCSA is also considering lowering the 21-year-old age requirement for former military truck drivers to be eligible for their CDL. 

ABA is also working to help our members recruit the personnel they need to get the job done. Recognizing our members’ need for a better, more cost-effective way to fill open positions, ABA partnered with online recruitment leader, CareerCo. Together, the plan is to help ABA members leverage a risk-free, performance-based system to recruit and hire for all positions. Through its effective career advisor system; proprietary job-mapping “CareerMAP” technology; “WOOF Job Alerts,” which provide real-time alerts to job seekers as opportunities matching their criteria become available; CareerCo offers a proactive approach to finding employees that’s risk-free and ROI-focused. And, special pricing is offered for all ABA members!

Because there are no up-front costs, and you only pay for quality applicant prospects, you can reduce your overall cost per hire. In addition, there are no long-term contracts to worry about. CareerCo screens candidates for you so you can focus on only those candidates who match your requirements. From setting your specific criteria and customizing your postings, to real-time tracking of your applicants, CareerCo enables you to manage your hiring process in an easy, affordable way that will not inundate you. And, not only will you get the candidates that you need, they will come from more sources than you currently have access to such as text, email, and telephone outreach. 

In a business that’s so dependent on having a workforce of reliable, skilled, employees, having the right team is essential. CareerCo enables you take advantage of the favorable economy and growing industry numbers and helps you recruit the right people. 

For more information or to post a job post, contact CareerCo at aba@careerco.com or Call: 888-660-9060

Do you have a successful recruiting tips? Let us know! Email how your quality employee recruiting tips to mhinton@buses.org. You may be covered in a future blog post!

About the American Bus Association

The American Bus Association (ABA) is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry, with more than 1,000 motorcoach and tour company members in the United States and Canada. Its members operate charter, tour, regular route, airport express, special operations and contract services. Another 2,800 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry.


Melanie Hinton, Vice President, Communications & Marketing, ABA
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