Carriers Encouraged To Hire More Entry-level Drivers

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DaveW's Comment
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Trucking companies will have to start casting around in some non-traditional waters for available drivers. Many support the FMCSA proposed program to allow under-21 drivers to operate commercial vehicles across state lines as a way to mitigate the driver shortage.

Carriers encouraged to hire more entry-level drivers


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.


Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing


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.
G-Town's Comment
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This just scares me to death...

18 year old kid driving an 80,000lb semi at 65mph.

They already know by computer modeling what the additional risk is and increased casualty rate.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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This just scares me to death...

18 year old kid driving an 80,000lb semi at 65mph.

They already know by computer modeling what the additional risk is and increased casualty rate.

Yep, my youngest is 17 and doesn't even drive a CAR on the interstates yet. Local, only. (And his dirtbike in our yard, woohoo. I can't watch.) I'm not an advocate, at all. (But for my daughter had she chose that route.) <<< Can't play 'genders' tho!

~ Anne ~


Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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This just scares me to death...

18 year old kid driving an 80,000lb semi at 65mph.

They already know by computer modeling what the additional risk is and increased casualty rate.

Was just thinking the same thing after watching some of the kids at school struggling.

PackRat's Comment
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My concern is the lack of experience driving anything. At age 18, most are "an adult" in name only. I know some are more responsible than others, but most are not ready with life, driving, or emotional experiences at such an early stage of life to be handed the keys and responsibilities of a semi.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I'm iffy about kids my age (21) when I started driving these -- it isn't until the last year when I turned 26 I've started settling down and learning better risk assessment... I'm shocked they let me in the seat of a truck at all most of the time.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Increasing pay and home time would probably help tremendously if you are OTR it is very difficult to have a family, heck even linehaul which allows for more home time can be difficult on familyife.

Unfortunately, when I was in high-school 15 years ago they pushed computer related careers especially hard and any blue collar work was looked down upon. You would need high-school and collages to show students there is nothing wrong with holding a steering wheel instead of a mouse and a lot of the time it pays better.

Need to break the stereotype that trucking is a last resort for people who have no other skills in life. Or if you are like me and generally not great at anything trucking could be your ticket to a better quality of life.


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.


Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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