The Trucking Industry Now Short by 80,000 Truck Drivers


The-Trucking-Industry-Now-Short-by-80,000-Truck-DriversThe COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on sectors all around the world, including the transportation industry. Truck drivers were severely reduced from the latter parts of 2019 to 2021. Some drivers also retired during the pandemic. Post COVID-19, there is a rise in the truck driver shortage, from 61,500 to 80,000 drivers.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear spoke with CNN on October 19. He said that by 2030, there would be a deficit of 160,000 drivers if no action is taken to mitigate the shortage. According to ATA data, 1,000,000 new drivers will need to come into the trucking industry. This is because those who are currently employed will, for the most part, retire in the coming decade.

Truckers have been leaving their employment in pursuit of better working conditions and pay. The shortage of drivers is also due to the high average age of drivers in the system.

Truck Driver Shortage

As a result of the truck driver shortage, fewer truck drivers are available to pick up cargo. The result of this is a backlog at the U.S. ports. The shortage of semiconductor chips has also cut down vehicle production. There is a slow down of the cargo supply chain from the port to the consumer. Due to this constraint, there have been delays and ever increasing costs of goods at the customer’s end. 

On the plus side, Congress is currently debating a bipartisan infrastructure measure that would authorize billions of dollars in transportation investments. It includes training 3000 drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 to drive tractor-trailers. Young drivers are the key necessary to address the labor shortfall. This legislation will help the truck driver shortage considerably in the future.

President Biden, on October 13, urged the private sector to join the federal government in taking action. “Our goal is to fix the chronic weakness in our transport supply chain that this recent “supply chain crisis” has exposed,” he says.

Ship Your Car With Metti International

Metti International stands out among the best vehicle shipping businesses despite the truck driver shortage for its excellent car shipping services. We have an extensive auto carrier network and provide a smooth transport experience. As a reputable and trustworthy car shipping company, we have acquired a stellar A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We are a licensed car shipping broker with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

At Metti International, we provide safe and timely arrival of your car shipment. Effective customer service is our priority, and we offer competitive pricing for all our car shipping services across the country. Metti International is the top choice for your vehicle shipping needs.

Call us today on 866-620-1776 to schedule your auto transport, and you will get an instant quote. You can also visit our website at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Most major credit cards, postal money orders and cashiers checks are acceptable forms of payment.

As with most transport services, a deposit is generally required when placing an order. Deposits range from 10-25 % of the total shipping cost. The remaining balance will be due upon delivery.

Most auto transport companies accept cash, certified checks, and postal money orders.

Coast to coast trips usually takes between 10-14 days. Shorter trips ranges from 3-7 days, depending on the actual distance. Some factors may delay a trip, including traffic, weather, and truck breakdowns.

Yes, we request you, or a designated person, be present upon pick up of your vehicle. For your safety and your vehicle’s safety, an inspection is performed and a bill of lading must be signed that serves as proof of delivery.

The easiest way to ship an inoperable vehicle is to let us know when requesting a vehicle transport quote. There will be an additional charge, plus loading and unloading charges to your quote, if we are not informed of the vehicle’s condition prior to quoting.

Auto carriers are not licensed to carry house goods or personal items, these goods and items are not covered by the carriers insurance. Any damage to your vehicle due to household goods shifting or breaking is also not covered. Personal belongings left in the vehicle, are shipped strictly at the owners risk. Carriers will not inventory any belongings left in the vehicle and will assume no responsibility.

Your car is insured for the Blue Book value the entire time it is on the truck. Clearly listed on your Shipping Order, Agreement and Bill of Lading are occurrences not covered. At the time of pick up, a condition report is filled out and signed by both the person turning the car over and the truck driver and you are given a copy.

Upon delivery of your vehicle, this same report is presented. You should compare the condition of the vehicle to the report thoroughly at that time. If you feel damage has occurred to your vehicle during delivery, you must note it on the report before you sign it and the driver leaves. Damage done in transit does not relieve the shipper of paying for transport service performed. Claims will be handled by the vehicle carrier and insurance companies.

Metti International offers door-to-door auto transport service where possible. However, there are instances that we cannot collect/deliver directly to the door due to the size of our auto carrier’s trucks. The size of your street may prohibit direct delivery to your door. Also, some towns and cities do not allow trucks on their residential streets. If the carrier cannot get to your door, he will deliver your vehicle to the next most convenient accessible location, such as the nearest major crossing street, a shopping mall or supermarket.

Please have a no more than 1/4 tank of fuel, remove all personal items from your vehicle and have it washed and cleaned so that the ensuing inspection is easily performed. If it is a convertible, T-top, sunroof, etc. make sure all openings are closed and prepared for changing weather. You can find additional tips on how to prepare your car for transport here.