Factors Affecting Recruitment Retention and Safety of Commercial Drivers from Diverse Backgrounds: Supervisory Styles, Safety Culture and Long Work Hours

Commercial truck drivers are an essential component of the national supply chain ensuring the timely and safe delivery of goods to manufacturers and retail outlets. However, the alarming increase in driver turnover post-pandemic and national shortages in qualified workers in the transportation industry are continuing cause for concern. Driver shortages are forecast to double in 5 years with only a minor percentage of drivers represented by Native Americans, women, Hispanic/Latino and other underrepresented groups. The present study proposes to develop a model of the factors contribution to driver turnover and retention for use in ongoing recruitment and selection efforts based on a national survey of existing, but satisfied and experienced drivers. Identification of key factors can lead to increased retention as well as diversity and equitable representation of qualified and satisfied workers throughout the industry.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $196392
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Transformative Infrastructure Preservation and Sustainability

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    National Center for Intermodal Transportation

    University of Denver
    Denver, CO  United States  80208
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sherry, Patrick

    Chao, Ruth

  • Start Date: 20240503
  • Expected Completion Date: 20260502
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: CTIPS-004

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01918356
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transformative Infrastructure Preservation and Sustainability
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348308
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: May 14 2024 3:13PM