Support the DRIVE Safe Act
Transportation issues in 2021 continue for the horticulture industry! We need your help in urging Congress to consider key legislation that will help address the commercial driver shortage.
Seventy percent of the nation’s freight is carried by commercial trucks, and while demand is projected to increase over the next decade, the threat posed by the driver shortage stands to disrupt the continuity of the supply chain. This is especially problematic as the nation and our economy recover from the monumental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent estimate, the trucking industry needs an additional 60,800 truck drivers immediately—a deficit that is expected to grow to more than 160,000 by 2028. In fact, when anticipated driver retirement numbers are combined with the expected growth in capacity, the trucking industry will need to hire roughly 1.1 million new drivers over the next decade, or an average of nearly 110,000 per year. The COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated the truck driver shortage, and the temporary closures of state DMV’s and truck driver training schools dried up the already fragile pipeline of new drivers entering the trucking industry.
The DRIVE Safe Act provides a long-term solution to this problem, creating a pathway for the newest commercial drivers to travel beyond their state lines. The apprenticeship program established in the legislation will help our nation’s freight continue to move in the future while preserving and enhancing the safety of our highway system. Use the form to the right to take action and let your voice be heard.