This feature tells us that there is a shortage of truck drivers in America.
Seriously? How does any country with a 12%++ unemployment rate have a shortage of truck drivers, which is essentially “unskilled labor”? It literally takes only a few hours to learn to handle a truck. In a few days, you can be an expert. It is one of the few jobs in America that hasn’t even tried to turn itself into something that needs a 4 year college degree to do.
The proposed solution: Robot trucks. Seriously? And expensive, automated solution instead of using cheap plentiful labor?
Part of the problem is a shortage of applicants with a clean driving record. Their proposed solution to that? Allow more children (17-21 y0) to drive trucks. Ya, that’ll fix things. While you are at it, why not put some of those 90 year old retirees back to work on the road? Or a special recruitment drive to get Asian women to apply? I mean, if we are going to recruit the most accident prone, ADHD groups to drive trucks, let’s get them all.