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load plans. There shouldn’t be any ambiguity between what operations wanted the drivers to do and what the drivers understood they were supposed to do. The expectations on both sides should match. Most drivers are very accepting of technology when they see that it’s something that helps them. Drivers face difficult challenges every day and have to make decisions on the spot. They have a huge liability and a very unforgiving time schedule. Over recent years a lot of the technology R&D dollars have gone into meeting the hours-of-service mandates. Now that the technology issues around HOS have been addressed, I’m hopeful that we can concentrate on efforts to develop technology that will create more transparency and make life better for the drivers.”


We all need to work on driver utilization.


“For years now, the industry has been focused on the idea of a driver shortage. It’s clear that drivers are a scarce resource, which means that we really need the entire industry - shippers, receivers, and repair service providers, as well as carriers and brokers - to think about how we’re using drivers’ time. Until we have every driver using their allotted drive time every day, I don’t see the problem as a driver shortage. What we have is underutilization, which only fosters driver frustration. They have a tough job that takes them away from home for days, so they want to feel like they’re being utilized as much as possible. If I had one call out for all players in the industry, it would be to work more effectively to utilize our drivers’ time. Anything we can do to take care of our drivers is a plus. That should be the focus for all of us.”


“I was a trucking nerd before I even knew what a trucking nerd was.”


– Chris Hummer, President, Hummer Trucking


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