Issues and Policy

Trucking is the dominant mode of freight transportation in the United States. Every year, nearly 68.8 percent of all U.S. freight tonnage is hauled by commercial drivers.1 This freight includes everything from groceries, cars, clothes, and medical supplies to the materials used to build homes, hospitals, and bridges. And the demand for these goods – and thus the demand for commercial drivers necessary to transport them – is growing.

Our national economy is currently facing a shortage of over 38,000 commercial drivers.2 This shortage is expected to increase so rapidly over the next decade that trucking companies will have to recruit approximately 89,000 new drivers every year for the next ten years in order to meet expected demand.3 Absent a dramatic increase in the number of new drivers that the U.S. is able to produce each year, consumers will have to deal with increasing shipping costs or increasing shipping delays, or both... Continue reading.

Click on the below links to learn more about what CVTA is doing – though it’s legislative and regulatory work – to address the driver shortage and promote quality driver training across the Country.


  1. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grants
  2. Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) for CDL Examiners


  1. Commercial Driver’s License Testing Delays (FAST Act Implementation)
  2. Pilot Program for Qualified Young Veterans (FAST Act Implementation)
  3. Hair Follicle Testing (FAST Act Implementation)
  4. Promulgation of Entry-Level Driver Training Rule
  5. Hearing-Impaired Commercial Driving Students
  6. Sleep Apnea Referrals