Truck Drivers May Soon See "phantoms" Driving Yard Trucks

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I talked to one yard driver who had been OTR for 26 years. He had 3 heart attacks and couldn’t get a DOT med card anymore, so he drove a yard truck. Maybe this is a common scenario for yard drivers.

I know a guy who had his CDL but refused to comply with CPAP requirements and instead opted to be a yard dog. At my company they actually pay the shag drivers $1.50 an hour more than the route drivers, however they bust their a$$ all day, where we just sit on ours smile.gif Most days theres 2 guys per 12 hour shift, doing probably close to 250 moves. They're kept very busy so you'll see a couple of them running to the rear to open/close doors. They also handle the washouts if/when needed. occasionally you'll find them napping in the corner of the yard when it slows down but THEY EARNED THAT NAP! I've put my name down a few times to get some extra hours filling in but someone with more seniority gets it before me.


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.


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.


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.


Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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In the port of Long Beach there’s already a lot of trucks running “onsite” without drivers. A lot of cranes without operators even when the battery goes out a little truck drives itself over and charges the batter by itself then brings it back to the humans.

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