There is one parking space for every truck driver. There is one pickleball court for every 134 players. How do we solve these two equally important issues? Build more parking spaces for trucks and cull the herd of pickleballers.
By now most of you have seen the report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). If not, you can find it here ATRI Survey report. However, I can tell you the findings prove that the companies are out of touch with drivers.
Or does it?
If you take it for the pure literal translation of the data and eliminate all your other cognitive functions it appears to be way out of whack. However, once you do some basic mental noodling you realize that motor carriers would logically put driver shortage and driver retention at the top of the list.
You would also realize that the economic environment would naturally follow suit.
What do carriers need? Long-term drivers, solid safety reputation, and a good freight economy.
Note: Obviously there are some motor carriers that don’t understand Rack +/- pricing programs because; fuel in third place? Maybe, if they’re worried about prices falling.
But, Mr. The Dude we need parking, better compensation, and detention sucks!
Agreed, and I’m pretty sure those things would fall under the top concerns listed by motor carriers regarding driver shortage and retention. Are they not sighted as reasons for lack of interest in the profession? Are these not issues given to support poor driver retention?
Frankly, if the motor carriers had the same list as the drivers then I would be concerned. Speed limiters should not be a priority over CSA, economy, and lawsuit reform.
If your employer states that it is then you need to start looking elsewhere for employment.
I understand that you will argue about some of these items and you would be correct because, yes, I agree that some carriers take an active interest in making things harder on the independent driver. Hell, I know a few states that act as if the independent is the enemy.
Let’s agree on this, we need more parking and it should be at or very near the top. You can argue that because parking, as a single issue is tenth for carriers, they are out of whack. My thought is that if I were answering this it would be down near the bottom as well because I already put it first and second under driver shortage and retention.
On to parking. As reported in QSR Magazine there is some nut out there trying to build 1940’s style pickleball camps.
Huntsville, Alabama, and Denver, Colorado have already agreed that pickleball is more important than truck parking. I haven’t seen them announce any new plans for truck parking. You?
Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee are in initial talks.
Not Freight Alley!
That’s right. Robert Thompson the mastermind behind the flop venture Punch Bowl Social is going to bring us Camp Pickle.
Pickleball courts, drinks, Mexican food, and upscale camping fair. Uhm…wha..?
Here’s the long and short of it. Because this one guy says that pickleball is labeled by some as the fastest growing sport in America and he projects 40 million players by 2030, that means we need to open 75,000 square foot pickleball pavilions all over the country.
Someone said it therefore it is fact. Oh, and I guess the growth rate is not subject to any type of leveling plateau. I mean, why would it?
“The first reality for me was when I realized that a sport that a 70-year-old does for fitness, a 22-year-old can do with a drink in their hand,” said Thompson.
Unreal, I had the exact same thought when I decided it indeed isn’t a sport. It is a fad that is going to have our emergency rooms full of 70-year-olds with twisted knee and hip replacements laying on stretchers next to the 23-year-old with alcohol poisoning from too many pickleball games.
PARKING NOT PICKLEBALL
Peace and love.