Look after your staff to get youths driving
GETTING young people into the industry doesn’t need to be hard. Pay them properly. If they’re doing long-haul work and are sleeping in the truck, they’re at work while they’re sleeping in their workplace.
So pay them a fair allowance for that period.
Give them bonuses for reducing fuel usage, going for periods without damaging equipment or freight, earning positive feedback from customers etc.
Get them home for at least two days/nights a week.
Give them wellmaintained equipment with legal loads and fair schedules so they don’t get hassled by authorities.
Give them proper training in how to operate the truck they’re driving. Not just see their licence and throw them a set of keys.
Let the kids go on runs with their parents or relatives like they used to. Get the diesel in their veins.
The good operators are already doing a lot of this stuff and they’re attracting and keeping drivers.
Yes it involves charging fair rates, working with insurance companies and paying more.
But at the end of the day you’ll attract and keep better operators who treat the gear, the freight and your customers better and use less fuel. So you’ll actually come out in front.
In short, treat them like professionals.
GIVE THEM A CRACK: We need to give young drivers a place to learn the trade.