THE COST OF INDEPENDENCE: A SOCIO-ECONOMIC PROFILE OF CANADIAN OWNER-OPERATORS

Nearly 50,000 or one in five (22%) Canadian truck drivers on the road in 1998 were independent truckers or "owner-operators". The purpose of the study discussed in this paper was to compare work patterns and backgrounds of owner-operators to company drivers (paid truck drivers employed by carriers). This exercise is very important not only for analysts involved in the production and the use of freight transportation data, but for carriers and human resource professionals anticipating a shortage of qualified drivers and increased demand for the services independent truckers provide. Studies have found that initiatives that take into account a driver's socio-economic realities have the potential to improve job satisfaction, the work/home environment, highway safety and carrier profitability.

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  • Accession Number: 00799117
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2000 12:00AM