Archive for July, 2012

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.

Ward Opens Regional Fleet to Drivers with 1 Year OTR or Regional Experience

Friday, July 13th, 2012

In an effort to provide exceptional opportunities for Class A CDL drivers, Ward Truckload Express, LLC has opened their

Distracted driving program aimed to help truck drivers

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

A new strategy has been released to help truck drivers and other drivers on the road combat distracted driving and avoid dangerous accidents.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has unveiled “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving.”

The strategy addresses the growing and dangerous practice of using handheld cell phones behind the wheel.

The plan outlines ways people can reduce the risk posed by distracted driving. While unveiling the plan, Secretary LaHood also announced $2.4 million in federal support for California and

Delaware that will expand the Department’s “Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other” pilot enforcement campaign to reduce distracted driving.

The outline :

Encourages the remaining 11 states without distracted driving laws to enact and enforce this critical legislation.
Challenges the auto industry to adopt new and future guidelines for technology to reduce the potential for distraction on devices built or brought into vehicles.
Partners with driver education professionals to incorporate new curriculum materials to educate novice drivers of driver distraction and its consequences. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show drivers under the age of 25 are two to three times more likely than older drivers to send text messages or emails while driving.
Provides all stakeholders with actions they can take that go beyond personal responsibility to helping end distracted driving nationwide.

“Distracted driving is an epidemic. While we’ve made progress in the past three years by raising awareness about this risky behavior, the simple fact is people are continuing to be killed and injured

Community college lowers tuition to create truck driver jobs

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois, is coming up with a plan to create more truck driver jobs in the future.

It is estimated that nearly 500,000 truck drivers will be needed across America to ship goods from point A to point B. Because there is such a shortage of truck drivers right now but many more truck driver jobs, there are major delays in shipments. They either arrive late or they don’t arrive at all. Basically the demand for goods is not matching up with the number of truck drivers that are licensed and ready to move loads.

In the past if Missouri residents enrolled in the training course were required to pay out-of-state tuition at John Wood Community College. Now, Missouri truck driver students pay the same amount as Illinois students: $3,795.

In an effort to attract more potential drivers, WCC has lowered the Missouri resident fees for their truck driver training to be more affordable as a lure to get people into the field of truck driving.

Drivers can potentially make $40,000 a year and even more, depending on how they are reimbursed on their mileage.

“It’s an in demand job you know,” said JWCC department chair of transportation program Don Hess. “There seems to be a lot of opening for drivers and especially team drivers because we can go long distances without having to take the breaks that other drivers do.”

“There’s a huge demand for drivers right now. It’s really becoming a crisis pretty rapidly. In the next year or two it is really going to multiply and get a lot worse,” said Hess.

The training program itself takes place Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. for four weeks with a two or four day pre-session the week preceding class.

According to an article, for those interested, the next available class begins July 16 with the pre-session starting July 9. Following that there will be a pre-session August 20 with the adjoining class beginning August 27.

A 10-week night program is also available, during which students attend class Monday through Friday from 6-9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The start date for the next night program has yet to be determined.

Training takes place in the classroom at JWCC’s Workforce Development Center located at 4220 Kochs Lane.