Pre-pandemic problems for the trucking industry
COVID-19 certainly put a wrench in the trucking industry, but it wasn’t all pie in the sky before the pandemic. The life of a truck driver was already rife with issues.
Part of the problem was the result of legislation from the late 1970s. Before that, the trucking industry was highly regulated. That gave it stability, but it also made it difficult for newcomers to make money.
That, in turn, encouraged truck drivers to jump from employer to employer in search of the best per-mile pay rate, further destabilizing the industry.
The not-so-glamorous lifestyle of a truck driver
All that chaos, on top of the time away from home and long hours on the road, doesn’t make for a very appealing profession.
Big surprise—COVID made everything worse
The added volatility to the supply chain, coupled by the lack of support for safety concerns, was too much for truck drivers to bear. People left the industry in droves.