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DRIVER DILEMMA

Can Older Drivers Help Couriers Cope with the Driver Shortage ?

YES !

Looking for a source of good , dependable and loyal drivers ? Many CLDA members , have found them among the ranks of older workers . Whether they are retired or just interested in supplementing their other jobs , these older drivers have the maturity and ability to deliver under tough circumstances that many courier companies value .
CLDA Magazine spoke to one of these couriers , board member Ruth Ospino . She is the Owner & CEO of Tempo Transport , which services two markets , South Florida and the Kansas City area . The company focuses on same-day logistics and outsourced transportation service . About 10 % of her drivers are over the age of 60 .
CLDA Mag : Why are older workers a good fit for the job of independent driver ?
Ospino : They really like the freedom . Even though they are often retired , they still want a job to do . And they like jobs that allow them to maintain their freedom . They want to be able to be able to travel and do some of the things they couldn ’ t do while they were working , but they still want to work on their own terms . Being self-employed gives them that freedom .
Also , they like to drive . They just like to get on the road and go places . And they like being paid for it .
CLDA Mag : Are these people who are retired ?
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