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Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage

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Business is booming at the California Truck Driving Academy amid a nationwide shortage of long-haul drivers that has led to promises of high pay and instant job offers. The Inglewood school has seen annual enrollment grow by almost 20 percent since last year, and has expanded to offering night classes. Lack of drivers at the ports has helped fuel the surge at the nearby California Truck Driving Academy, where instructors in reflective vests keep watch as students steer semis around a fenced-in paved lot.

Associated Press

November 23, 2021 / 05:34 PM IST

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

On a recent afternoon, Tina Singh watched nearly a dozen students at a suburban Los Angeles truck-driving school backing up their practice big rigs into parking spaces. Many had never operated a manual transmission before. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

“It’s an exciting time to be a truck driver right now because there’s so much demand for drivers,” said Singh, the school’s director. “Our yards are busy, and they’re very vibrant with a lot of activity.” (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Business is booming at the California Truck Driving Academy amid a nationwide shortage of long-haul drivers that has led to promises of high pay and instant job offers. The Inglewood school has seen annual enrollment grow by almost 20 percent since last year, and has expanded to offering night classes. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

“Everything in this country runs by truck at some point or another,” Singh said. “And so, you know, you need truck drivers to move goods.” (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

The U.S. is about 80,000 drivers short due to a convergence of factors, according to Nick Vyas, executive director of the University of Southern California’s Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Consumer spending is 15 percent above where it was in February 2020, just before the pandemic paralyzed the economy. Production rose nearly 5 percent over the past year as U.S. factories worked to keep up with an increased demand for goods, according to the Federal Reserve. Imports have narrowed the gap. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

At the same time, many U.S. workers decided to quit jobs that required frequent public contact. This created shortages of workers to unload ships, transport goods and staff retail shops. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

In California, the straining supply chain is illustrated at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where dozens of ships wait off the coast to be unloaded. The average wait is nearly 17 days, despite around-the-clock port operations beginning in October. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Lack of drivers at the ports has helped fuel the surge at the nearby California Truck Driving Academy, where instructors in reflective vests keep watch as students steer semis around a fenced-in paved lot. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

“You’re kind of helping the community out, and you’re making money at the same time,” student Thierno Barry said. “It’s a win-win situation.” Barry, 23, was happy to be behind the wheel on his first day, despite rolling over several orange safety cones. “I feel great, especially during the pandemic,” he said. (Image: AP)

, Trucker school bustles amid US driver shortage, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

Meanwhile, the school is facing its own shortage — of truck driving instructors. (Image: AP)

Associated Press

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