Truck driver shortage may get worse

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - According to the American Trucking Association, the industry needs to hire roughly 90,000 new truckers each year just to keep up with the high demand.

More than 70 percent of the goods we consume are transported on trucks. 

Local trucking companies say they're all seeing the same trend. 

"I've been doing this since 2008 now, and every year it's been tougher to find a good quality driver,” said Alex Voronin, owner of Lakeville Trucking.

Voronin said one of the main problems has a lot to do with the lifestyle.

"You're not home, you're away from family, you'll be home maybe Saturday and Sunday, but most of the time you're on the road and you got to be willing to do that," said Voronin. "A lot of people want to get an education, go sit in an office, work from 8-5 and go home."

Over the years, he has had to increase pay to keep drivers around.

“(Pay) probably went up at least 30 to 40 percent," said Voronin. "I raised the pay -- that's how I keep my  best drivers. If I would not raise the pay, I think I would not see half of them or more."

He said that's not the only costs that will be going up.

"It's going to affect everything else in the stores -- how we shop, buying homes -- because everything in this country is delivered by trucks and the drivers do it," said Voronin. "So if their costs go up obviously everything else has to go up, so we are going to be a consumer paying more at the store."

A new law will soon push prospective drivers even further away. They are dumping the paper logs in exchange for a foolproof electronic logging device. This will prevent drivers from cheating on paper logs by measuring how much time a trucker is at the wheel.

"A lot of drivers I see are looking to quit, not to do it just because of that," said Voronin.

The electronic logs will be implemented Dec. 18, 2017. Voronin fears these strict restrictions will only make the truck driver shortage worse.

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