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Truck Driver Shortage Hits California - Where it Hurts

When you think of a truck driving job, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not California, and particularly not Humboldt County, soaring redwoods, fine wine and cheese. Then again, maybe you should. You see, the truck driver shortage has now filtered its way into California and it's hitting some local businesses right where it hurts. 

As reported by Jessica Cejnar in The Times-Standard:

"When it comes to moving products in and out of Humboldt County, trucks are key. Now the trickle-down effect of a nationwide drivers shortage is making its way behind the Redwood Curtain, raising costs for niche businesses like Cypress Grove while possibly opening up employment opportunities for those able to meet the government's stringent rules and afford the initial cost of driving school..."

"Chris Leroy, Arcata division manager for Bettendorf Trucking, said he anticipates a future challenge in hiring employees with clean driving records. The federal government is making it more difficult for drivers to obtain a medical card, he said, and drivers are being held more accountable for their vehicle's safety..."

"For Cypress Grove Chevre, the shortage of drivers has already affected how much the company pays to ship its product. The cheesemaker uses three local shippers, said Sales and Marketing Manager Bob McCall, one of which has increased shipping costs by about 60 percent, citing gas prices and the cost of hiring and keeping good drivers..."

"Austin Dake, coordinator for CR's truck driver training program, said new rules and regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has contributed to the shortage..."

"Julia Peterson, business training center director at College of the Redwoods, said she has read in a number of different industry journals about the coming shortage of truck drivers. In Humboldt County, there is a high demand for local drivers due to the general shortage of people with a commercial driver's license, she said..."

"Austin Dake, coordinator for CR's truck driver training program, said new rules and regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has contributed to the shortage..."

"Steve Reis, who trains drivers for Bettendorf's north division, said finding reliable, well-trained drivers can be a challenge... 'The harder they make it to get truck drivers or make it less appealing to be a driver, the more it's going to cost the consumer,' he said. 'Nobody really realizes how much trucking has to do with their everyday life, but as a country, we would shut down without trucks.'"

A local truck driving route in California amidst towering redwoods and some of the most beautiful country in the United States - what could be better than that? Come on folks, help us get the word out - trucking is back and drivers are needed!

Get the full story here: http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_21058504/calling-all-truckers-driver-shortage-could-affect-humboldt

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