DOT Told To Assess Skills Of Employees Able To Meet Automation Challenge

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DaveW's Comment
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In a 38-page report released Friday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office the conclusion was that the U.S. Department of Transportation and its three main administrations do not have the skilled staff necessary to oversee the growing automation technology that is taking place in the trucking industry.

DOT told to assess skills of employees able to meet automation challenge

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Not surprising. They don't have staff skilled enough to handle what's already on their plate much less another helping.

Sid V.'s Comment
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Getting your cdl would be a good start for people that make rules for truckers

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.
DaveW's Comment
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Getting your cdl would be a good start for people that make rules for truckers

Personally, I think it should be a requirement within the trucking industry as well.

I remember one time having just finished a long unload at the Statler DC in San Bernardino. I was parked at a side road contemplating shutting down for the night because to go anywhere in the LA area at 5 pm on a Friday would result in me running out of hours before getting there.

So, I get a call from dispatch asking me to "run real quick" for a pickup clear on the other side of the LA Basin. By their reckoning it was only about 40 miles, "Less than an hour, right? You can get there on time."

I told him it was impossible to get across LA during rush hour before I'd have to shut down, and I'd miss the appt anyway.

One thing led to another and I ended up getting shunted to the Fleet Manager to try to talk some sense into me. After arguing with him for a bit I finally asked him, "When you were driving how did you handle it when you were told to do something that was physically impossible to do?"

What he told me changed my whole attitude about dealing with the people who were in charge of my driving schedule. He said, "Dave, I have never sat in the cab of a truck in my life."

So yes, in my opinion, having a CDL and spending some time in a truck should be the minimum requirement for anybody with any authority for determining what is best for drivers.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Agreed 1000

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Getting your cdl would be a good start for people that make rules for truckers

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Personally, I think it should be a requirement within the trucking industry as well.

I remember one time having just finished a long unload at the Statler DC in San Bernardino. I was parked at a side road contemplating shutting down for the night because to go anywhere in the LA area at 5 pm on a Friday would result in me running out of hours before getting there.

So, I get a call from dispatch asking me to "run real quick" for a pickup clear on the other side of the LA Basin. By their reckoning it was only about 40 miles, "Less than an hour, right? You can get there on time."

I told him it was impossible to get across LA during rush hour before I'd have to shut down, and I'd miss the appt anyway.

One thing led to another and I ended up getting shunted to the Fleet Manager to try to talk some sense into me. After arguing with him for a bit I finally asked him, "When you were driving how did you handle it when you were told to do something that was physically impossible to do?"

What he told me changed my whole attitude about dealing with the people who were in charge of my driving schedule. He said, "Dave, I have never sat in the cab of a truck in my life."

So yes, in my opinion, having a CDL and spending some time in a truck should be the minimum requirement for anybody with any authority for determining what is best for drivers.

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Jammer a's Comment
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Amen!!!!

Getting your cdl would be a good start for people that make rules for truckers

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.
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