Archive for October, 2012

FMCSA focuses on truck driver jobs during emergency situation

Monday, October 29th, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall the FMCSA has issued a regional emergency warning for truck drivers.

The declaration was issued by Curtis L. Thomas, Regional Field Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Such emergency is in response to Hurricane Sandy and its possible effects on people and property, including an immediate threat to human life or public welfare in the Eastern United States.

The emergency exemption is issued as a result of extreme weather conditions, shortages, and interruptions in the availability and/or delivery and repair of services and property throughout the States affected in the Eastern Region to include the following: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. It is effective beginning October 29, 2012.

This declaration of emergency provides relief for commercial motor vehicles operations while providing these emergency materials and services to customers in the above mentioned states during the emergency. This exemption applies only to those operations providing direct assistance to the emergency relief effort. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not destined for the emergency relief effort or when the motor carrier operation dispatches such driver or vehicle to another location to begin operations in furtherance of commerce.

Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the exemption until the order expires or they have met the conditions for its rescission. Drivers for motor carriers operating under this declaration must have a copy of the declaration in their possession.

Consistent with Title 49 CFR Part 390.23, the emergency notice will remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in Title 49 CFR Part 390.5) or 15 days (11:59 P.M., EST, November 12, 2012) whichever is less.

Trucking companies increase pay for truck driver jobs

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Various trucking companies in Iowa and across the nation are recognizing the important role drivers play in our economy by raising pay for truck driver jobs.

For example, Barr-Nunn President Rene Beacom recently announced an increase in pay for Hazmat drivers.

“I’m excited about the growth of our company. We want to recognize our Hazmat drivers for a job well done, service, performance and outstanding safety with extra incentives such as additional pay and bonuses.”

The Granger-based company is a large dry van freight company with over 500 tractors and 1,500 trailers. The company serves the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest regions of the nation.

Truck drivers are in high demand in Iowa.

Andrea J. of the Iowa Workforce Development agency said, “I have heard that there are fewer opportunities for driver training in our state. If there are fewer trained drivers, then there will be fewer drivers to take driving positions. I think trucking companies in Iowa are struggling to find good drivers for that reason.”

Another company, J.B. Hunt Transport, recently announced the addition of 20 high-paying local truck driving jobs in Iowa. Local dedicated jobs through J.B. Hunt include retirement options, comprehensive benefits, vacation pay, daily home time and steady paychecks. In addition, experienced truck drivers who hire on for these positions can expect higher than average compensation as well as a sign-on bonus.

“We need well experienced drivers to fill these positions in Iowa right away,” notes Jennifer K., human resources coordinator at J.B. Hunt. “We rely on superior drivers to meet the requirements of our Buckeye account. We are willing to pay top dollar for professional, well-qualified drivers.”

Based on a calculation of the take-home pay for 1,827 currently open trucking positions, Iowa drivers are paid $10,000 more per year than the national average.

Average salaries can vary depending upon industry, location, company, driver experience and optional benefits.

“I like to drive in Iowa,” said professional truck driver Bobby T. of Des Moines during a lay-over at a Petro truck stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I’ve driven through lots of states, but Iowa has a nice landscape. The highways are well maintained. Plus, when I have a route in Iowa, I can go home more often.”

CDL bill will help fill truck driver jobs

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

A new bill recently passed by Congress will make it easier for veterans to obtain truck driver jobs.

The Military Commercial Drivers License Act of 2012 is a bill that will ease the transition of recent veterans into jobs as commercial truck drivers.

The bill, which would allow uniformed servicemembers to get a CDL where they are stationed, rather than in their home state, will make it easier for soldiers and sailors to move from military to civilian life.

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves thanked the House and Senate for quickly passing the Military Commercial Drivers License Act of 2012, a bill that will ease the transition of recent veterans into jobs as commercial truck drivers.

As the economy continues to recover, it is becoming ever more challenging for trucking companies to find qualified drivers to move America

Company creates numerous truck driver jobs

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Through its huge holiday season hiring initiative, Walmart will be creating many truck driver jobs.

The retail giant said this week it will hiring thousands for the holiday season, including many driver jobs.

Walmart plans on hiring 50,000 people to ramp up for the seasonal rush.

Gisel Ruiz, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S. said in an article: