It's easy to realize there is no driver shortage when you look at the lines at the ports. Terminal operators constantly push toward automation, which trucking company owners say isn’t reliable and requires drivers to constantly check for appointments, day and night. Many trucking companies dispute the widely reported propaganda that the driver shortage is directly to blame for the congestion issues. Trucking companies are now shedding even more drivers because of the lack of consistency due to port congestion, bottlenecks, equipment and efficiency issues.
Typically drivers get paid hourly to sit in line at the terminals and it's been reported that drivers have been waiting four to six hours to pull one container each day. Now drivers are waiting four to six hours to maybe pull one container per truck each day. Prior to the congestion crisis they could average three to four turns on a single day.