Rep Pushing Truck Driver Shortage Plan

Posted: Updated:
Hollingsworth calls shipping "very much the blood that runs through the veins of this economy." Hollingsworth calls shipping "very much the blood that runs through the veins of this economy."

Congressman Trey Hollingsworth (R-9) says "antiquated federal laws" are in part fueling a national shortage of 89,000 commercial truck drivers. He joined representatives from Mister "P" Express Inc. today in Jeffersonville to push a proposal that would let those with commercial driver's licenses undergo additional training to be able to drive across state lines. He says his proposed DRIVE-Safe Act would allow more companies to hire and invest in available drivers.

Hollingsworth says, as of now, a driver in Jeffersonville with a traditional CDL could drive hundreds of miles north to Michigan City, but not make the fewer than five-mile trip to Louisville. The DRIVE-Safe Act, he says, will let drivers go through more rigorous safety and apprenticeship programs in order to be able to cross state lines, making them more attractive hires for companies. 

Representatives from One Southern Indiana, Greater Louisville Inc. and the Indiana Motor Truck Association also took part in today's event. Hollingsworth introduced the bill alongside California Republican Duncan Hunter. He says they are in the process of building a "coalition of support" to make sure they can get the bill on the United States House floor and ultimately to the Senate.

Hollingsworth calls shipping "very much the blood that runs through the veins of this economy," meaning the driver shortage can have significant economic consequences. He says when manufacturers can't get raw goods on time, it can shut down or slow their production lines, leading to layoffs or cut hours. Other companies, he says, lose sales because they can't get goods that people want to buy quickly enough.

The Republican says there is currently a national shortage of about 89,000 drivers, which is expected to grow over the next decade. He says the industry also needs to do a better job of getting the word out about the benefits and flexibility of driving jobs.

Hollingsworth says the shortage has negative ripple effects throughout the economy.
  • Perspectives

    • Delegation Spurs Growth

      When was the last time you or your nonprofit board delegated something? Better yet, when was the last time you should have delegated something but didn't? Effective delegation is an art and often lacking, but by following a few simple steps it becomes easier and can spur growth and sustainability in an organization. In the grand scheme, there is no lack of tasks to delegate, and yet few people can do it effectively.



Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • (photo courtesy Scotty's Brewhouse)

      Scotty's Brewhouse Begins Franchising

      Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse is continuing its growth plans. The restaurant has launched a national franchise program in an effort to bring the Scotty's brand to more locations throughout the U.S. Scotty's currently has 17 restaurants, most of which are located in Indiana.

    • Indy Firm Taps Appirio Exec as CEO

      An Indianapolis-based design and innovation consulting firm has named a new chief executive officer. Studio Science says Steve Pruden, who most recently served as senior vice president of human resources with Indy tech company Appirio, will lead the company.

    • Sales Tech Platform Scores Funding Boost

      A less-than-year-old sales technology company has announced a second round of funding. Costello, which bills its platform as a "real-time sales playbook," has secured $2.1 million in seed funding from investors in Indiana -- Collina Ventures LLC Innovatemap Ventures, Elevate Ventures, Innovate Indiana, serial entrepreneur Chris Baggott and Copper Mountain Technologies Chief Executive Officer and former T2 Technologies executive Irena Goloschokin -- as well as...

    • Rural Indiana Facing 'Have/Have-not Situation'

      The CEO of Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network calls the 16-year-old broadband internet provider "a great Hoosier success story." IFN, which was launched with a focus on high-speed connectivity for 20 rural telephone companies, now includes some 4,000 buildings throughout the state plugged-in through a network of more than 4,500 miles of fiber. Despite its growth, Jim Turner says there's still work to be done to bridge the broadband access gap in rural areas.

    • (photo courtesy RQAW Corp.)

      Architecture Firm Set to Open New HQ

      An architecture firm previously located in Indianapolis will Wednesday afternoon cut the ribbon on its new Fishers headquarters. RQAW Corp. says it will also detail its progress toward its job creation commitment to the Indiana Economic Development Corp.