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Driver shortage the big worry for fleet managers

Study looks at what fleet managers are most concerned about

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There’s no doubt the lack of quality candidates to fill the many truck driver job vacancies that the industry currently has is a major issue facing the haulage industry.

But, as far as fleet managers in the U.S. are concerned, it’s their biggest concern.

Related: Driver shortage now most critical issue facing trucking

Frost & Sullivan in the U.S. have just released the results of their 2016 US HD Fleet Managers research.

The study asked fleet managers to list their biggest headaches – at the top of the list this year is the ongoing driver drought.

Ranking second was another issue that is also prevalent in the truck industry in Australia – a lack of qualified technicians.

Other key findings included:

  • Durability and maintenance costs are top priorities when selecting powertrains
  • Rising preference for semi/fully automated transmissions
  • Strong interest among fleet managers around automatic collision mitigation systems and truck video safety technology

The report found that the “skills shortages”, along with total cost of ownership and compliance issues, are accelerating interest among fleet managers in advanced truck technologies.

Primarily, fleet managers are increasingly looking at opportunities around advanced powertrains, safety, and telematics technologies, says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst, Lakshmi Narayanan.

“Skilled driver shortages, reliability, and mobile resource (driver and vehicle) utilization are driving fleet managers’ advanced truck technology preferences,”

“Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers will need to focus on technologies to reduce driver load, highlight driver satisfaction, and focus on beyond-core technology benefits to influence purchase decisions.”

Check out the full report here.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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