Money can’t buy you love: While more money will attract some drivers, Germany has taught us that high wages hasn’t attracted more drivers. Fewer people are leaving Eastern Europe to work in Germany – despite substantial wage differentials. Economic theory that suggests that "more money will generate more drivers” is colliding with personal motivations that keep drivers’ home.
Better drug tests = 300K fewer drivers: New drug-test regulations may eliminate ~10% of drivers (over 300,000). The regulations requiring hair follicle testing are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget and should be published soon. Key facts about hair follicle testing:
- Used by a few large carriers that say using urinalysis alone missed nine out of 10 illegal drug users
- Is virtually impossible to fake
- Detects fast metabolizing drugs like cocaine
- Results will be kept in USDOT drug clearinghouse so other trucking companies can see a driver has failed