Archive for April, 2019

Workshop for driver jobs and safety

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

A new workshop regarding driver jobs and its safety is being planned.

The Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) will offer a May 1 workshop regarding the safe operation of powered industrial trucks and the formal instruction, practical training, and evaluation of operator performance required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The morning workshop will be held 10 a.m. to noon at the Labor Department’s Wethersfield office located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard.

“There are always hazards associated with operating any type of equipment,” explains CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Specialist Catherine Zinsser. “Our goal is to make sure operators of these ‘fork trucks’ have the latest information and understand the requirements, since it can make a significant difference regarding their health and safety when operating this type of vehicle.”

Admission to the seminar is free, but pre-registration for the seminar is required.


Company increases pay for driver jobs

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Walmart has decided to pay drivers more for driver jobs, according to

Though Walmart already offers some of the highest pay in the trucking industry, the company says that they’ll be offering a straightforward per mile pay increase to try to meet their goal of hiring nearly 1000 new drivers this year.

On January 23, Walmart announced that starting in February, they’ll be increasing driver pay by one cent per mile to a total of nearly 89 cents per mile.

The company says that this per-mile increase coupled with an extra $1 for every arrival means that the average pay for first year drivers will increase from $86,000 to $87,500.

This pay increase along with 21 days of paid vacation and the guarantee of a stable work schedule sets a new industry standard for how trucking companies can attract and retain drivers.

Walmart has plans to use the pay increase to attract 900 new drivers into their private fleet in 2019.

In addition to increasing driver pay, Walmart is also modifying how it hires drivers.

The company has shifted from a more stringent single day hiring process to a days-long hiring event during which new drivers work with veteran Walmart truckers to hone their skills and perfect their processes, the company has been able to significantly increase the number of drivers who qualify to join the team.


Regulatory costs and driver jobs

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

A new initiative is meant to streamline costs when it comes to obtaining driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule streamlining the process and reducing costs to upgrade from a Class B to Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  By adopting a new Class A CDL theory instruction upgrade curriculum, the final rule will save eligible driver trainees and motor carriers $18 million annually.

“Today’s action demonstrates the Department’s commitment to reducing regulatory burdens and addressing our nation’s shortage of commercial drivers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA is amending the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations published on December 8, 2016.  The ELDT rule requires the same level of theory training for individuals obtaining a CDL for the first time as for those who already hold a Class B CDL and are upgrading to a Class A CDL.  FMCSA recognizes that because Class B CDL holders have prior training or experience, they should not be required to receive the same level of theory training as individuals who have never held a CDL.  FMCSA has concluded this change will maintain the same level of safety established by the 2016 ELDT rule.

“This effort is a common-sense way of reducing the regulatory burdens placed on CDL applicants and their employers.  FMCSA continues to strategically reform burdensome regulations to improve the lives of ordinary Americans by saving them valuable time and money – while simultaneously maintaining the highest level of safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

FMCSA estimates that over 11,000 driver-trainees will benefit annually by this rule and see an average reduction of 27 hours in time spent completing their theory instruction.  This results in substantial time and cost savings to these driver-trainees, as well as to the motor carriers that employ these drivers.

Clearinghouse website for driver jobs

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Additional online resources are being created for driver jobs.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released additional online resources for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders, employers, state driver licensing agencies, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals regarding the upcoming implementation of its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020.

The new clearinghouse resource webpage provides commercial motor vehicle (CMV) stakeholders with a variety of informative resources about the clearinghouse, including a comprehensive fact sheet, implementation timeline, frequently asked questions, and more.

Additionally, CMV stakeholders can sign-up to receive clearinghouse-related email updates as the implementation progresses.

“As this Congressional mandate is enacted, FMCSA’s goal is to provide as many resources and updates as possible to those who will be using the upcoming Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  As we transition to the use of the clearinghouse, we will ensure drivers, employers, and state licensing agencies are kept up-to-date throughout the implementation process.  FMCSA is here to be helpful and to assist all CMV stakeholders who have questions regarding the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

The clearinghouse will be a secure online database that will allow FMCSA, CMV employers, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and law enforcement officials to identify – in real-time – CDL drivers who have violated federal drug and alcohol testing program requirements, and thereby improve safety on our nation’s roads.