Kearney Notes the Difficulty of Hiring Truckers Based on Criminal Record
JoTo PR client, Advanced Training Systems, was published in an Orange County Register article titled, Trucking companies are hiring felons to fill thousands of driver openings.
The American Trucking Associations says the industry needs another 51,000 drivers to keep pace with increased shipping demands from Amazon, Walmart and other mega-retailers. The demand has prompted an increasing number of trucking companies to give non-violent, ex-offenders a second look. John Kearney, CEO of Advanced Training Systems, said hiring felons makes sense to bridge the gap, as these job candidates are especially eager to find work. Kearney’s Florida-based company makes virtual simulators used to train truck drivers. “The concern is where you draw the line in terms of their record,” he said.
California is among more than 30 states that have adopted a “ban the box” law. That prohibits private businesses with five or more workers from making pre-offer inquiries regarding a job applicant’s criminal history. Inquiries are allowed only after a conditional offer of employment is made. Despite that law and a willingness on the part of many trucking companies to hire felons, driver shortages are still common. While R&R Transportation has 14 drivers and 13 trucks, Robinson said he’s always in the hole.
Advanced Training Systems (ATS) is a high-tech simulator technology and engineering firm that has revolutionized the design and manufacture of advanced training systems to improve training and create safer drivers. ATS, the holder of multiple patents in high-tech training simulation, has as its mission to provide this cutting-edge adaptive training to all involved in the transportation industry at an affordable cost, resulting in safer drivers/operators. For more information, visit www.atstrainingsystems.com
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