Truck Registrations Down in 2013, But Demand for Drivers is Still High
Truck registrations in Canada were down in 2013, according to figures released last month. Despite the overall numbers being down, the year was still one of the four strongest years for Canadian truck registrations ever.The trucking industry is responsible for delivery of 90% of the goods sold in this country, and 60% of exports to the United States, our largest trading partner. As such, it can be considered a bellweather for the health of our economy in general.
The only two provinces to experience a rise in the number of truck registrations this year were Prince Edward Island and British Columbia.In a recent study, the Conference Board of Canada forecast a shortage of 25,000 truck drivers across the country. This is because the existing labour pool in the industry is shrinking again.
These figures bode well for those entering the industry, as increased demand is likely to improve working conditions and drive wages up as companies compete to attract drivers.If you’re considering a career in trucking, visit First Class Training Centre. Our instructors have more than half a century of combined experience on the road, and we keep our class sizes small to provide the individual instruction you need. First Class Training Centre is a member of the Manitoba Trucking Association,To find out more about First Class Training Centre, or the opportunities that exist in the trucking industry in general contact us online or call Toll Free (1-(855) 632-5302. In the Winnipeg area call 204-632-5302.