Ohio and U.S. companies in demand for truck drivers

Nov 24, 2012 Full story: Ohio.com 12

Truck driving jobs are among the fastest growing occupations in the nation, but fewer people have commercial driver's licenses, and transportation companies are struggling to attract qualified drivers, according to a Hamilton JournalNews/Middletown Journal analysis.

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ripped off drivers

Encinitas, CA

#1 Nov 25, 2012
Trucking is just a sweat shop on wheels..pay is crap when you count all the hours you will be couped up in a tin box away from home. Good job for ignornt peasants.
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#2 Nov 25, 2012
As an ignorant pesant, I can testify that the problem is not pay or lack of interested applicants. The problem is the federal government.

Back when I first started driving over 20 years ago, Department of Transportation vehicles were few and far between. Today, they are everywhere from the sticks to inner city highways.

In Ohio, they are known as PUCO cops, otherwise called diesel cops.

The problem started after 911. Since then, the harassment of truck drivers increased almost every year. In the last couple of years, the federal government introduced CSA2010. It's a point system separate from your drivers license that racks up points on your CDL. Too many points, and you are suspended from work.

Last year under the DumBama administration, they created a law that fined drivers using cell phones. The first offense is $2,800 for the driver. If it is found that the driver was in contact with his or her company, it's a $10,000 fine for the company for the first offense. Increases of fines come with increased offenses. It can get to the point where a driver can lose his job and the company can get shut down by the federal government.

Okay, that's reasonable by the opinion of some, but what is not considered is that the law extends to Nextel communications. Nextel's are cell phones that act like two-way radios and is the heart of communications for local deliveries. The law allows cell phone usage with bluetooth technology, but you can't use bluetooth with Nextels rendering them useless.

If a person with a CDL is stopped by a cop for suspicion of DUI, that person in their own car can be held to the DUI standards of a truck driver even though that driver is in their own car. That means that by having a CDL, your limit is one or two beers before you can be arrested for a DUI. Not having a CDL, you can consume 4 to 5 beers depending on your weight.

There is just too much government in truck driving today. Who wants to put up with all this crap?
Richard Wright

South Jordan, UT

#4 Feb 1, 2013
Thanks for this post. I'm planning on moving away from all the truck driver jobs in Ontario to the jobs in Ohio here in the next few months. Thanks again. http://www.shipmts.com/shipmts/Careers/tabid/...
ripped off drivers

Encinitas, CA

#5 Feb 6, 2013
Its discouraging too when you asan American with all the credentials and BACKGROUND CHECK for Past 10 years...are the ONLY driver at the truck stop who speaks ENGLISH!!! Mostly Spanish speakers drive truck today in all the Southwest states..whoknows WHAT their background is???? You go into ashipping office and stand in line behind all these guys from mexico...???? Who wants a"job" like that...?? More like a sentence!
JJMC

Arlington, MA

#6 Feb 23, 2013
ripped off drivers wrote:
Trucking is just a sweat shop on wheels..pay is crap when you count all the hours you will be couped up in a tin box away from home. Good job for ignornt peasants.
This coming from someone in CA.
Brian59

Crystal Lake, IL

#8 Mar 30, 2013
trucking will continue to suck, until we get rid of these eastern europeans, and mexicans, who will work for nothing, and live in a 10 year old truck for 3-4 months at a time. some of them even run 3 men in a trcuk, while working for practically nothing.
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#9 Mar 30, 2013
Brian59 wrote:
trucking will continue to suck, until we get rid of these eastern europeans, and mexicans, who will work for nothing, and live in a 10 year old truck for 3-4 months at a time. some of them even run 3 men in a trcuk, while working for practically nothing.
The DOT cops know who they are. They are taking all the container and flatbed jobs. Those guys are easy money for the DOT. They don't know anything about the mechanics of trucks including brakes, so DOT knows to pull those guys over first.

“I just hate stupid people”

Since: Apr 07

DEEP SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

#10 Apr 7, 2013
The record number of people leaving the trucking industry can be contributed to several things.

1} Slow trucks.

2} Harassment about idling to stay warm or cool.

3} E-Logs.

4} Pay.

I believe 3 and 4 are closely related.
A driver just a few years ago could run 3,000-4,000 miles a week making 35-40 cents a mile, then came E-Logs and drivers pay has stagnated and his/her mileage has dropped considerably.

Where just a few years ago a driver could run the week out then go home with a decent paycheck and say he made .38 cents and ran 3,300 miles he made about $1,254.00 gross.

E-logs have destroyed that ability, once your on the clock, you are time constricted, if you have to wait to load or reload then once you get the load on you can't run with it.

Many drivers for large carriers are still making around .38 cents a mile, but only averaging about 2,200-2,500 miles a week but end up only grossing $835.00-$1,000.00 a week.

Throw in the fact you can't sneak home a little early on a friday night to be with your family but must do a break or a restart a hour from home because your E-Log said so.
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#11 Apr 7, 2013
I've been a driver most of my adult life, and I've seen plenty of truck accidents because the driver fell asleep. I have almost been hit several times myself traveling next to a driver who was dozing off behind the wheel and swerving into my lane.

Certainly we need regulations to limit the hours a driver can spend on the road. A friend of mine works for a large trucking company. He said that if a driver pulls into their terminal ten minutes beyond their limit, they are fired on the spot. Even if you are only 20 minutes away from the terminal and are out of hours, you better stop at the next rest stop and get some sleep.

This came about because his company got sued years ago due to a fatal accident. The suit was very successful because the plaintiffs attorney proved that the company was well aware of their drivers working past their limit. It made them liable. So now they have the strictest policy of keeping an accurate log book and having no record of their drivers ever running past their hours.
Clint Westwood

United States

#12 Apr 26, 2013
I have driven for 20 years. My biggest complaint concerning hours of service rules is the fact that we have no flexibility anymore. Years ago I would consider many factors in deciding what time to drive.I would consider weather, traffic levels/rush hour,how I felt and much sleep I had had. Thanks to these rules today you just look at the clock do some simple math. You operate based on laws instead of common sense and doing what is safest. I could tolerate e-logs as long as I had some flexibility in how I use my time. Often times I have had to kill time waiting for my 10 hr break to end. If I have slept 7-8 hrs i am not fatigued so it serves no purpose to hang around a rest area just waiting to leave. These rigid rules do not align with what works for me. Also after deliver and reload u often have very little time to stop due to these rules. Otherwise I could stop for a decent lunch instead of eating a sandwich going down the road. The flexibility to work or stop when I wanted used to be what appealed to vs other jobs. Now everday is a race against clock to satisfy the rules, not because I need to get to customer fast. I have been more stressed and tired the last few years.also wages haven't risen to replace lost productivity. I used to mostly enjoy trucking and take my time.Now it's just play beat the clock. 20 YEARS EXP.CLEAN RECORD.HEALTHY.GOOD TRK . I AM AT HOME NOT LEASED TO ANYONE AND NOT SURE I WANT TO.
Clint Westwood

United States

#13 Apr 26, 2013
And these trucking co exec claiming that conditions are better now is bs..thanks to loads getting shorter on distance and drivers generally not getting paid to deliver and reload, the driver works harder for less miles/money and has to rush to make it fit into 14 hrs without the flexibility to stop the clock for a shower or a meal. If I could split break into two segments of my choosing I most likely wouldn't have an issue with hours of service rules or e-logs. I just don't like working when I am tired or trying to sleep when I cannot sleep. But we're probably stuck with this crap because non-truckers think these are good even they have never done my job but they know better than me with 2.400, 000 miles of experience. Fortunately I put a lot of money in the bank I don't have to drive to survive.( I lived in the truck for 20 years). Trucking used to mean some freedom. No more.Now it's big brother watching. Truckers: don't think just do.we'll make the decisions for you. Did u notice trk driver fatalities are up 20 percent? Not4me
xxxrayted

Cleveland, OH

#14 Apr 27, 2013
Clint Westwood wrote:
And these trucking co exec claiming that conditions are better now is bs..thanks to loads getting shorter on distance and drivers generally not getting paid to deliver and reload, the driver works harder for less miles/money and has to rush to make it fit into 14 hrs without the flexibility to stop the clock for a shower or a meal. If I could split break into two segments of my choosing I most likely wouldn't have an issue with hours of service rules or e-logs. I just don't like working when I am tired or trying to sleep when I cannot sleep. But we're probably stuck with this crap because non-truckers think these are good even they have never done my job but they know better than me with 2.400, 000 miles of experience. Fortunately I put a lot of money in the bank I don't have to drive to survive.( I lived in the truck for 20 years). Trucking used to mean some freedom. No more.Now it's big brother watching. Truckers: don't think just do.we'll make the decisions for you. Did u notice trk driver fatalities are up 20 percent? Not4me
I would attribute the increase in accidents to what I call non-professional drivers. Years ago, we only had professional drivers. Today, we have a whole slew of non-professional drivers; drivers from foreign countries that can't read the signs; drivers who are college educated or have a different career that has no work right now. So they get their licenses and hit the road without knowing WTF they are doing.

I've seen these jokers drive and it's not pretty. We used to make fun of the people in cars because of how bad they drove. Today, half of the guys on the road drive just like the four wheelers. They're not paying attention because they're on the computer or their cell phone, so they drift out of their lane. You go to pass them, and they speed up on you just like the cars do. In a traffic jam when you need to get out of the lane you're in, some of these clowns won't even give another truck driver a break.

When I first started to drive over 20 years ago, you could go across the entire state of Ohio many times without seeing one DOT cop. You go through the state now, you run across a dozen of those jokers. So they came up with the great plan of training state troopers to do DOT inspections. Now the state troopers are pulling you over all the time.

Too much government in truck driving.

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