Wages And Tax's For Drivers

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Robert H.'s Comment
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I am thinking of moving to the USA from the UK ,as a truck driver here we are payed either weekly or monthly .Could anyone help and tell me what happens with pay do companies do the tax for you like in UK so the money you get is yours and you don't have to fill tax forms out and a big bill at the end of the year

Old School's Comment
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Robert, in the U.S. if you want your taxes to be taken out of your weekly pay, then you will need to be a company driver - that is, an employee of a trucking company. There are independent contractors - we call them "owner operators" - they own their own truck, and they will pay their tax bill at the end of the year or preferably quarterly. As a company driver you will get paid weekly and the money is all yours - the taxes will be deducted each week and the company will send it to the government.

You will have other concerns though. Here in the U.S. you will need to get your green card, and you will need to have held a regular operators drivers license for one year before you can apply for a commercial license (at least that is the norm in most states). There are no work visas for truck driving - so no one can sponsor you for a driving job.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Robert H.'s Comment
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I would rather be a company driver than owner driver ,I know people over there who say they would sponsor me . I have been in touch with xpo logistics and they said they would put me through cdl licence as soon as I got my car licence ,they say they don't need you to show any time between your car licence and doing your cdl as I got told this before and was really worried about it so thought I would ask a company about it

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Old School's Comment
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Robert, I would appreciate it if you would get back to us after getting your Commercial Drivers License, and tell us how it all went down. We hear from folks like you often, and we don't want to be giving out false information. The things I stated are what I have discovered with my own research, but if it is wrong I would love to know how to advise others like you in the future. I have never seen anyone be able to get sponsored for a work visa in truck driving. The U.S. department of labor has labeled truck driving as a non-skilled profession, and therefore you can't normally get a work visa for that.

Sheffield Mick's Comment
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Hi Robert, I'm also from the UK. I've been truck driving (OTR) over here in America/Canada for three years. I've lived in the USA for over five years now. This was the deal for me......You do need a sponsor to get your green card (my sponsor was my American wife whom I met in the UK). I also had to take a normal car test before I could drive a car legally over here, even though I held a European Union license for over thirty years. I live in Michigan.......it could well be different in other states. I also needed to drive a full year before they would let me go and take my CDL. All of which was well worth it. I wish you luck.

Mick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Robert H.'s Comment
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Thank you for the information ,there is so much conflicting information out there and because as you say all states have different rules it gets really confusing . I think I will have to get over there again and go to the dmv and dot in the area I want to go to and just ask all the questions and hopefully get some diffinative answers but think it will be a long process .Also because the driver shortage over there you would think they would be eager for truckers to move and work there

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

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