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Maritime based trucking association warns about shortage of Canadian drivers

Alarm bells are ringing in the trucking industry right across the country.

Projections indicate that there will be a major shortfall of qualified drivers for the industry in the next decade.

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is aware of this impending crisis and its potential to harm the economy and executive director Jean-Marc Picard told News 95.7 part of the solution is to target graduating high school students.

“We need to create more awareness with the councilors in the high schools because it doesn’t feel like a career path that’s being echoed to the young people and we need to get to them to make them aware of the job and what it actually entails.” he said.

Picard added it’s not kids alone that will help to make up the shortfall; a trend is emerging that recently retired people are moving to the industry to fill the void as well.

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Hopefully, the graduating kids are smart enough to get a trade or go on to University and not give trucking even a first look.

February 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Lare, what are you , stupid, if we don’t have the drivers to move the products and food that we use wheren will it come from, will you drive to the Nova Scotia boarder to do your shopping? Also how will our roads get repaired and plowed without truck drivers, use your head before showing your ignorance.

    February 26, 2013 at 10:34 am