Posts Tagged ‘Truck driver jobs’

Truck driver jobs growing

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The number of truck driver jobs seems to grow exponentially every month, according to many results and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many companies are looking for experienced drivers, but because of the driver shortage, some are looking to overlook this.

A new report by the American Trucking Associations supports that expectation. According to the report, most carriers surveyed said they cannot find enough experienced drivers to fill demand. Although 56 percent of fleets interviewed by the ATA said they do not hire inexperienced truck drivers, they are now considering it.

Efforts to reduce the number of accidents caused by fatigued drivers prompted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to revise its hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers and imposed stiff penalties for violators.

Commercial drivers and companies must comply with the new rule by July 1, 2013. State officials are already cracking down on HOS violators. Improved coordination of inspection sites is helping to facilitate that crackdown.

Right now companies really need truck drivers. Freight is stacking up or is getting to its final destination late.

“Right now we are having to hire third party drivers, contract drivers, to come in and carry what we can’t. We currently have sixty-three full time drivers and a small amount of part time drivers but we would love to have between fifteen and twenty more by the end of the year. It’s basically because we have a lot of volume in a warehouse, and we’ve got to transport that. We’ve got to get that out, and we need people to do it,” said LaRanda Parnacher, a human resources administrative assistant with DOT Foods told KTEN.com in an article.

Company looks to fill truck driver jobs

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

J.B. Hunt said last week it is searching to fill truck driver jobs.

The dedicated carrier is hiring for 20 positions in Yorktown, Ind. and surrounding areas.

Northwest Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt is growing its business in Indiana. It provides dedicated contract carriage services to approximately 400 customer locations throughout the United States.

J.B. Hunt said it has recently begun operating a regional driving fleet based in Yorktown. The company is seeking 20 experienced truck drivers to fill regional dedicated jobs. Driving positions offer steady pay, weekly home time and comprehensive benefits, including 401(k) retirement options.

Drivers can earn from the middle to upper fifty thousands driving regionally. Experienced drivers who live within 75 miles of Yorktown are eligible to apply for driving jobs.

“We are pleased to service Yorktown and the surrounding communities and are even more excited to be hiring locally,” said Connie Fruchey, account manager. “We already feel at home here.”

Megallan creates device to help truck driver jobs

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Magellan has released a new product for the road in the family of the Magellan® RoadMate® Commercial GPS suite with the goal of helping people with truck driver jobs.

The Magellan RoadMate Commercial 9270T-LM GPS device is designed for the needs of truckers including an extra-large GPS display, customizable truck-specific routing, hands-free communication and trip logging.

Truck drivers can use the Magellan RoadMate Commercial 9270T-LM to set up customizable routes based on the height, weight, width and length of the vehicle, as well as applicable hazmat restrictions. Multi-destination routing allows drivers to plan their stops and optimize routes to help them save time and gas.

The integrated Bluetooth® wireless technology, when paired with a compatible Bluetooth phone, enables drivers to safely talk hands-free while keeping their eyes on the road.

“We expanded our family of Magellan RoadMate Commercial GPS Navigators to further meet the unique navigation needs of commercial and truck drivers who need a comprehensive solution to efficiently perform their jobs from the initial trip planning stage to their on-the-road requirements and managing required log reporting after their trip,” said Stig Pedersen, Associate Vice President of Product Management for Magellan. “The Magellan RoadMate Commercial series of GPS Navigators are designed to make drivers’ jobs safer and less stressful plus improve productivity, reduce costs and ultimately increase profits.”

Company hiring for truck driver jobs

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

YRC Freight made a big announcement today that it plans on recruiting heavily for truck driver jobs.

The Kansas-based subsidiary of YRC Worldwide said it plans to hire in in Maybrook, NY; Buffalo, NY; St. Paul, MN; Chicago, Il; Salt Lake City, UT; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; North Indianapolis, IN; Charlotte, NC; Jackson, MS: Albuquerque, NM; and Kansas City, MO.

The headcount is about 200 drivers. YRC Freight said it recruits from approximately 100 truck-driving schools across the nation.

According to its website, YRC Freight offers full paid health care benefits and vacation time. Drivers are paid union contract pay rates. All equipment is provided and maintained by the company and all fuel cost is paid for by the company.

Many daily dispatches involve minimum time away from home. With the exception of team drivers, overnight stays for drivers are provided and paid for in hotel rooms.

“YRC Freight is a great place for drivers. We work as a team to get the job done and everyone treats each other with respect,” said Wilson Meier, 11-year veteran driver with YRC Freight who was just named as the New York State Motor Truck Association Driver of the Year. “We have excellent health care benefits and our equipment is well maintained too,” added Meier.

“We are the original LTL experts and while our name has recently changed, the caliber of our workforce and our commitment to our customers remains the same as it has been for the past 85 years,” added Rogers. “Our strength is built on the talents and dedication of each and every employee. We invite safety-minded professional drivers with a strong work ethic and the desire to succeed to join our winning team.”

Trucking company adding truck driver jobs

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Jordan Carriers in Mississippi said recently it is looking to acquire truck driver jobs.

The flat-bed trucking company has a line of 300 flatbed carriers and covers the eastern half of the United States, including I-35 from Texas to Minnesota. People who are searching for flatbed carrier jobs will find Jordan Carriers offers excellent pay, benefits and an employer that cares about its drivers. The ownership at Jordan Carriers takes pride in getting to know each of its drivers and their families on a personal basis.

The company has been in existence since 1992 and enjoys an excellent safety record, according to its website. As of April 1, 2012, the starting pay for drivers at Jordan Carriers will be 43 cents per mile for loaded flatbed truck runs. There are also numerous bonuses available, ranging from a sign-on bonus to a bonus for every passed inspection from the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Major medical, vacation time and other standard benefits are also available. A complete job description, including qualifications, experience and education required, is available to review on the company’s website.

Atlas creates truck driver jobs

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Atlas, the national moving company, announced its intentions this week to add at least 100 truck driver jobs as part of its new Drive Atlas initiative.

It will expand by building a new Shuttle Fleet, or drop and hook trailer delivery service, as well as expanding its existing Commercial Truckload Division. For the new Shuttle Fleet, Atlas is currently filling both over-the-road and regional driving jobs, allowing flexible home for drivers in this fleet.

“For more than six decades, Atlas has earned its reputation through our expertise and care in full-service moving and transportation,” said Jack Griffin, president and COO of Atlas Van Lines. “The Shuttle Fleet positions we are filling are very specific to the transportation of loaded trailers, which means the drivers we are seeking will truly be responsible to just drive. As an addition to the existing agent fleet, this new fleet allows more ways in which Atlas will grow, succeed and deliver on the promises we make to our clients.”

Shuttle Fleet drivers are strictly responsible for drop and hook trailer delivery service and are paid by the mile. Drivers receive an average of $1.52 per mile, which includes fuel surcharge and payment on loaded and empty miles. Benefits include a discounted fuel program, weekly pay, free PrePass, free truck washes, optional health, dental and life insurance coverage, fuel-saving light loads and more. Drivers signing on by May 1st will also receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus, which will be paid in $1,000 installments to be issued at the contract signing and then at 30, 60, 90 and 180 days from the date of lease with Atlas. The Commercial Truckload Division job opportunities also come with a $5,000 bonus, which will be paid in installments throughout the first year of employment.

“With more than 100 job openings to fill, Atlas is poised to make a considerable impact on the local economy,” Griffin said. “We encourage all interested local drivers to apply early, as we are looking to fill these positions by late spring.”

While Atlas is primarily seeking owner operators, the company has worked with representatives of Freightliner of Evansville and other third party partners to offer a lease-to-purchase tractor program as well. Both new drivers and existing drivers looking to upgrade equipment are eligible.

Baker College to create truck driver jobs

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Baker College made the announcement this week that it is partnering with a West Michigan transportation company to create truck driver jobs.

The company will focus on certifying people to drive trucks for future jobs.

Baker is a private, nonprofit career college with campuses throughout Michigan.

It plans on partnering with Anthony Luurtsema Truck Lines to open a truck driving training facility in Zeeland.

There is a shortage of truck drivers nationwide, and this school hopes to plug this gap.

The program will take about 20 weeks to complete. It will be housed in a 200,000-square-foot warehouse owned by Luurtsema in Zeeland.

According to MLive, the idea for the partnership started in 2010, when Ross Luurtsema, owner of the trucking company, came to Baker’s Cadillac campus with the goal of recruiting graduates from the school’s truck driving program.

14% of truck drivers are affected by fatigue

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) 2012 Sleep in America poll, fourteen percent of truck drivers are tired on the job, which can be dangerous during long hauls.

The poll asks transportation professionals, including pilots, train operators, truck, bus, taxi and limo drivers about their sleep habits and work performance.

About one-fourth of train operators (26%) and pilots (23%) admit that sleepiness has affected their job performance at least once a week, compared to about one in six non-transportation workers (17%).

A significant number say that sleepiness has caused safety problems on the job. One in five pilots (20%) admit that they have made a serious error and one in six train operators (18%) and truck drivers (14%) say that they have had a “near miss” due to sleepiness.

Sleepiness has also played a role in car accidents commuting to and from work. Pilots and train operators are significantly more likely than non-transportation workers (6% each, compared to 1%) to say that they have been involved in a car accident due to sleepiness while commuting.

“Driving home from work after a long shift is associated with crashes due to sleepiness,” says Dr. Sanjay Patel, a sleep researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. “We should all be concerned that pilots and train operators report car crashes due to sleepiness at a rate that is six times greater than that of other workers.”

“Unfortunately, many in the transportation industry are afraid to seek help for their sleepiness issues for fear of punitive action from employers,” says David Slamowitz, MD, Medical Director of The SleepWell Center in Greenwood Village, CO. ”However, it is important they realize that sleep issues, if left unaddressed, may have consequences that are far worse.”

ATA seeks to change definition of tank vehicle regarding truck driver jobs

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The American Trucking Association is attempting to change the recently amended definition of a tank vehicle set for by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in order to protect truck driver jobs.

The organization recently changed its standards for commercial driver’s license testing and made them stricter.

It defined a tank vehicle as one designed to transport any liquid or gaseous material in tanks that are either permanently or temporarily attached to the chassis and are rated at more than 119 gallons and aggregated to 1,000 gallons or more. A flatbed carrying empty tanks rated at 1,000 gallons or more is not considered a tank carrier.

According to TruckingInfo, the problem is that under the new definition these types of shipments cause the need for a tank endorsement on the driver’s commercial license. This affects many private fleets but large less-than-truckload carriers are especially hard hit, ATA said in a letter to the FMCSA.

The letter said, “These motor carriers do not know in advance what types of containers will be moving on shipments between their terminals. Obtaining this endorsement is burdensome, requiring additional training, time off work and substantial costs and fees.”

States have until July 2014 to adopt the new definition, unless the definition is once again changed.

DOT proposes rules that could affect truck driver jobs

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The Department of Transportation has proposed a set of rules that could eventually affect truck driver jobs.

They have announced the first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is concerned about the effects of distraction due to drivers’ use of electronic devices on motor vehicle safety. Consequently, NHTSA is issuing nonbinding, voluntary NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines (NHTSA Guidelines) to promote safety by discouraging the introduction of excessively distracting devices in vehicles.

This notice details the contents of the first phase of the NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines. These NHTSA Guidelines cover original equipment in-vehicle device secondary tasks (communications, entertainment, information gathering, and navigation tasks not required to drive are considered secondary tasks) performed by the driver through visual-manual means (meaning the driver looking at a device, manipulating a device-related control with the driver’s hand, and watching for visual feedback).

??The proposed NHTSA Guidelines list certain secondary, non-driving related tasks that, based on NHTSA’s research, are believed by the agency to interfere inherently with a driver’s ability to safely control the vehicle. The Guidelines recommend that those in-vehicle devices be designed so that they cannot be used by the driver to perform such tasks while the driver is driving.

For all other secondary, non-driving-related visual-manual tasks, the NHTSA Guidelines specify a test method for measuring the impact of task performance on driving safety while driving and time-based acceptance criteria for assessing whether a task interferes too much with driver attention to be suitable to perform while driving. If a task does not meet the acceptance criteria, the NHTSA Guidelines recommend that in-vehicle devices be designed so that the task cannot be performed by the driver while driving.