Canada facing truck driver shortage
Published Thursday, February 21, 2013 5:26PM EST
Eddy Hanlon was called to live life on the road 26 years ago.
“Soon as I reached the age to get my license that's all I wanted to do,” says Hanlon.
But people like Hanlon are heading towards retirement and there aren’t enough drivers coming up in the industry to take their place.
Transport drivers move 90 per cent of consumer goods and foods in Canada.
A report commissioned by the Canadian Trucking Alliance says that there will be a shortage of more than 30-thousand drivers by 2020.
“It doesn’t matter how many adds you put in the paper, the people just aren’t answering them,” says Hanlon.
Independent transport owners say it’s harder than ever to make a living with the rising costs of fuel and repairs as well as growing industry regulations.
“There's a lot easier ways to make a living. Plain and simple. Your whole life is out there,” says Transport Truck driver Daryl Baynton.
Baynton is just returning from a three-week trip to British Columbia. It’s a hard journey he says future generations are not willing to make.
With a report from CTV’s John Hua