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Urgent need for truck drivers

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Published 2 weeks ago - Duration: 02:28s
Urgent need for truck drivers
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Urgent need for truck drivers

FROM HOME... THEY LOADUP... HITTING THE ROAD..CROSSING THE COUNTRY...DELEIVERING GOODS..

TOSTORES.ACCORDING TO AN AMERICANTRUCKING ASSOCIATION STUDY,THE INDUSTRY IS DESPERATELYLOOKING TO HIRE MORE DRIVERSOVER THE NEXT DECADE TO MEETA GROWING SHIPPING DEMAND.THIS CHART SHOW THE INCREASEOF DRIVER SHORTAGE THROUGHTHE YEARS..

2 WORKS FORYOU'S BRADY HALBLEIB ...WENT TO TRUCK DRIVING SCHOOLIN TULSA... TO REPORT ON THETRENDS THEY'RE SEEING.Larry Gilliland ArbuckleTruck Driving School Student21:45:48;52 - 21:45:52;12"If I can make enough tomake my family comfortablethen i'll be happy withthat." In three weeks, LarryGilliland will be leavingthis lot and hitting thehighway after a four weektruck driving trainingcourse.

NATs After beinglaid off from his industrialmechanic position duringCOVID-19, he started a newcareer path.

And turned totrucking.Larry Gilliland ArbuckleTruck Driving School Student21:45:59;59 - 21:46:07;56"For me, it opened up a lotof doors it's broadened myhorizons and made my outlookon everything a little morebrighter."Gilliland is just one of 20other students taking the 5week training course tobecome a certifiedtrucker.

But as he gears upto hit the road, the amountof applications for newstudents is making gettingaccepted a total gridlock.Billy Wall Arbuckle TruckDriving Schools Director21:38:59;01 - 21:39:03;46"We're backlogged all theway through three monthsout." Billy Wall, directorof the Arbuckle School sayshe thinks the trend is aresult of people needing jobsecurity during this newnormal.

Billy Wall ArbuckleTruck Driving SchoolsDirector 21:40:04;34 -21:40:11;43 "They wantsomething that pays reallywell right off the bat.Straight out of school youcan make anywhere from 45thousand to almost 100thousand a year, firstyear." The AmericanTrucking Association saysthe industry will need tohire more than one-millionnew drivers over the nextdecade to meet up withshipping demands.

(Graphic)Before many DMV'stemporarily shut-downbecause of the coronavirus-- the industry had a20-percent increase indrivers over the since 2017.Still, the current trendswould only swell to over160-thousand drivers by20-28.

NATs For LarryGilliland, he says he feelsa lot more comfortableknowing he'll have a steadyincome.

Trucking along downthe road.

Larry GillilandArbuckle Truck DrivingSchool Student 21:46:23;22 -21:46:30;03 "You got to getcommerce from one side ofthe nation to the other andvice versa.

So, for me,there will always be a jobthere." LOOK LIVE: Let'scome up with a differenttag.

How about: Drivingthese big rigs is no easytask.

If you're looking toget behind the wheel - we'veadded a list of requirementsyou'll need to apply underthis story on our website -kjrh.com In Tulsa, BradyHal

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