The state's department of labor reports that there were nearly 2,000 openings for truck drivers in March.
Ron Mullard, a truck driving school instructor, says companies are looking for people with clean driving records.
He said the need for more drivers has increased, in part, because of new federal regulations. A truck driver's record is now affected not just by moving violations, but also non-moving offenses, such as citations for being over the freight weight limit. That means more fines for companies, and veteran drivers with too many violations are being let go.
"They feel like they can do better with a trainee than somebody that's been driving for a while and has a lot of bad habits," Mullard said.
He added that more drivers are also needed because more goods are being shipped than during the recession.
"The amount of freight being hauled is just going to keep increasing over the next 10 years, and they expect there to be a shortage of drivers," Mullard said.
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