(May 7, 2012) -- There doesn't appear to be any fear among carriers
of a freight shortage anytime soon. though, the same can't be said about
the drivers that will be required to haul it.
According to CK Commercial Vehicle Research's Q2 2012 Fleet Sentiment
Report, a lack of drivers as well as higher fuel and insurance costs
appears to be dampening carriers' enthusiasm to buy new power units.
Planned power unit orders (for the next 3 months) are down from last
quarter and down from the same quarter last year.
While the majority of orders are replacements for aging equipment,
the survey points to an increase in the number of fleets (40% of those
placing orders) who say they are adding some capacity.
The lack of available professional drivers is holding many others
back, however. More and more fleets report that a driver shortage is