This email is intended to provide our clients updated, information relative to the state-wide CDL & 7D driver shortage, as well as steps NRT is taking to mitigate its’ impact on our client districts. We are currently dealing with a 15% driver shortage across the nation, and throughout the State of Massachusetts that is affecting all transportation companies and school districts as we open the 2021/22 School Year. Additionally, the extension of COVID Unemployment Benefits extended through September 4, 2021, exacerbated the driver shortage.
To fill our 7D gaps we are utilizing 79 drivers from our emergency driver status pool that are being used 100% and we have another 13 going through the process right now. In districts where we face CDL shortages we are tiering and looping routes to ensure that all students are transported to school safely and efficiently.
Despite the above-mentioned scenarios, there are reasons to be optimistic, and we believe that this is clearly a short-term problem rather than a yearlong issue. We have been working closely with the Governor’s Office, Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Department of Education, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles to expedite the licensure process for CDL and 7D drivers. We are finding those efforts to be very helpful and successful. Currently NRT has 114 CDL candidates in the pipeline, with 59 of them already having secured their permits. We currently have 38 open (unfilled) routes across all our client, districts. As soon as we can move the initial 59 permitted candidates to licensure status, we are confident that we’ll be able to eliminate those gaps and return to pre-Covid capacity.
Greater Lawrence Vocational Tech is a valued NRT client, and this is a relationship that we are committed to and appreciative of. Please know that we will continue to work hard to overcome any, and all challenges presented by the driver shortage. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
I hope you have a nice weekend.
Director of Customer Relations