Turnover at smaller truckload fleets (less than $30 million revenue) fell seven points to 76 percent, the lowest mark since the third quarter of 2013.
“While below recent averages, driver turnover is still high and a sign of a very competitive market for qualified drivers,” Costello said “We repeatedly hear from carriers that they are unable to find enough qualified drivers, leading to fears of a growing driver shortage and these numbers reflect that.”
Last week, ATA released reported the industry faces a shortage of 48,000 drivers by the end of the year.
“America’s trucking industry moves nearly 70 percent of the country’s freight and we need drivers to do it,” Costello said. “While turnover is not at historic highs, it is still high enough to merit concern. Fleets need to hire 89,000 a drivers a year to keep pace with retirements and projected growth, so ensuring an adequate pool of qualified drivers is critical.”