Impact of driver shortage on fleet capacity is widespread, survey says

More than seven in 10 fleets surveyed for the Q2 2011 Fleet Sentiment Report indicate the shortage of drivers is either impacting their fleet now or may in the future.

Forty-two percent see a problem today with current seats empty, limits on the number of new units that can be added for new capacity or by the necessity to redeploy their fleet to more short-haul/regional routes. Another 32% that are unaffected now believe the shortage of this resource could impact their fleet in the future.

The Fleet Sentiment Report Buying Index fell in Q2 2011 to a reading of 90.5. However, the reading simply measures the number of survey respondents who plan to place orders in the next three months; supplemental information collected regarding the size of orders and fleets planning them point to continued strong demand for medium/heavy-duty power units and trailers.

CKCVR regularly polls a group of small, medium, and large for-hire, private, and government fleet operators about their equipment purchasing plans and overall fleet environment. The quarterly Fleet Sentiment survey includes questions about short- and longer-term equipment buying plans, preferred OEM, new specs, current fleet capacity vs freight demand, equipment utilization rates including percent of parked vehicles, 2010 emission engine choices, impact of a driver shortage, and a product discussion.

In April 2011, 52 fleets operating more than 77,000 medium- and heavy-duty power units and 132,000 trailers responded to the quarterly Fleet Sentiment questionnaire. For more information, visit www.ckcvr.com/fleetsentiment or send an e-mail to [email protected].

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