Based on what I have seen, there is no driver shortage. What there is a shortage of is hire-able drivers. This day and age most of the hiring is dictated by insurance companies. We can cry and complain all we want about how they have no idea, they have never driven, they are desk jockies making decisions with no real knowledge on the subject, but when it comes down to it, if we want to get real, numbers are numbers and that is what they look at. There is not much we can do about it, just have to adapt and work with it.
The bigger companies that are harder to work with long term, where you are just a number, tend to be self-insured. They can absorb more risk, and afford to pay for it. These are the companies you will feel like meat in the seat.
Small companies are a gamble, they may or may not even have the correct insurance. They may or may not care about the extra expense to hire a driver with a few speeding tickets. If they are small enough, one driver with a few extra bumps is still worth the extra expense and risk because even the small amount of extra revenue they will add will be a big enough impact on the bottom dollar to be worth the gamble.
Mid-size companies, companies that can weather storms of a tumultuous economy, companies where you know your pay check will clear and you will get the green light from your pre-pass, these are the companies that are looking for safe clean drivers that will meet the strict insurance guidelines.
Clean, as in proud to show off your MVR, and previous employment verification that is not cluttered with "incidents". That MVR is not just from when in the truck either, a ticket has the same impact if you are in a truck or in a 4 wheeler. Job stability is huge on the weigh in, but a good company will have their hands tied if even the best driver out there has a speeding ticket over 15mph.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.