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Mary Kennedy DTN Basis Analyst
Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:18 AM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. trucking industry is seeing a shortage of 30,000 drivers nationwide, said Truckload Carriers Association Safety and Policy Director David Heller in a recent interview with Wisconsin Public Radio.

"It's an epidemic at this point," Heller told WPR. "Carriers aren't hauling freight not because they don't have equipment, not because they don't have freight; it's because they don't have the drivers to haul them." Heller went on to say that "the average driver is getting older, and that more technology and regulation is causing some of them to leave."

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