I'm Not A Real Truck Driver.......

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Sly48's Comment
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Ha!! Had to get your attention!!

Several of you know my story, but for the ones that don't I'm going to share a shortened version and where trucking as taken me on my next journey.

2 years ago I went to a local community college and took their Professional Driving course. Passed and went to Prime, did my training, went out on my own solo and after 8 months found a job here in the oil and gas field (Mon-Fri 6am-3pm). That job ended due to what they called "Corp. downsizing".

Now for the past 6 weeks I've been looking at pulling tankers. I had two pre-hire letters from 2 local companies that would get me home weekends, etc and was just about to join one. But wait, I see a position for a local driving job and the schedule is Mon-Fri day shift, weekends off. I apply and they called me, I interviewed and got the job.

I start Mon. the 3rd. Here's where the title of this post goes......I'm not a real truck driver!! It's a local/regional gig within an assigned territory driving a Class B 26' Straight Truck. Basically I go to retail pharmacy establishments such as CVS, Walgreen's, Sam's, Walmarts, any place that has a retail pharmacy inside. I pick up pharmaceutical recyclables. Things like old out dated meds, whether it be pills or liquids, etc. It could even be out dated items in the stores that need to be recycled per any and all EPA, DOT and DEA regulations.

On occasion my route might call for me to be out 2-3 nights during the week at which they give me a company credit card for hotels and they pay for my meals while I'm away from my home location. I keep filling the truck until Fridays then on Friday afternoon take the truck to a local drop off facility, they unload it and the waste goes to wherever they send it via a Class A Big Truck. I park my truck then go home.

What also appealed to me is it's a salaried job and it pays very well ( who would have thunk it).

So there's the current state of my employment.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Eckoh's Comment
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As long as you are happy with it that is what matters

Sly48's Comment
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As long as you ate happy with it that is what matters

Exactly!!! Thanks!!! Every person has different wants and needs and this (for now) fits them!! :)

Old School's Comment
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Sounds great Sly!

I was in South Louisiana the other day and kept looking in all those Service Transport tanker trucks hoping I might see you. Now I know why I didn't spot you anywhere.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ButtonUp's Comment
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Encouraging!

More proof the industry needs safe and reliable drivers, and are willing to pay!

Not having a job is about the worst feeling there is. Having a skill that's in demand and finding work is about the best feeling there is.

In my opinion, of course.

Congratulations!

Sly48's Comment
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Sounds great Sly!

I was in South Louisiana the other day and kept looking in all those Service Transport tanker trucks hoping I might see you. Now I know why I didn't spot you anywhere.

Ha!! Thanks!!! That's were I would be now if this opportunity had not popped up and it just seems to fit better. But the true test won't be till I'm out there.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sly48's Comment
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Encouraging!

More proof the industry needs safe and reliable drivers, and are willing to pay!

Not having a job is about the worst feeling there is. Having a skill that's in demand and finding work is about the best feeling there is.

In my opinion, of course.

Congratulations!

Thanks!! :)

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Ha!! Had to get your attention!!

Several of you know my story, but for the ones that don't I'm going to share a shortened version and where trucking as taken me on my next journey.

2 years ago I went to a local community college and took their Professional Driving course. Passed and went to Prime, did my training, went out on my own solo and after 8 months found a job here in the oil and gas field (Mon-Fri 6am-3pm). That job ended due to what they called "Corp. downsizing".

Now for the past 6 weeks I've been looking at pulling tankers. I had two pre-hire letters from 2 local companies that would get me home weekends, etc and was just about to join one. But wait, I see a position for a local driving job and the schedule is Mon-Fri day shift, weekends off. I apply and they called me, I interviewed and got the job.

I start Mon. the 3rd. Here's where the title of this post goes......I'm not a real truck driver!! It's a local/regional gig within an assigned territory driving a Class B 26' Straight Truck. Basically I go to retail pharmacy establishments such as CVS, Walgreen's, Sam's, Walmarts, any place that has a retail pharmacy inside. I pick up pharmaceutical recyclables. Things like old out dated meds, whether it be pills or liquids, etc. It could even be out dated items in the stores that need to be recycled per any and all EPA, DOT and DEA regulations.

On occasion my route might call for me to be out 2-3 nights during the week at which they give me a company credit card for hotels and they pay for my meals while I'm away from my home location. I keep filling the truck until Fridays then on Friday afternoon take the truck to a local drop off facility, they unload it and the waste goes to wherever they send it via a Class A Big Truck. I park my truck then go home.

What also appealed to me is it's a salaried job and it pays very well ( who would have thunk it).

So there's the current state of my employment.

Well, I would say once a truck driver, always a truck driver. There is no shame in stepping down to toy trucks (HA HA). If it makes you happy, hell, why not? Congrats!

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Starcar's Comment
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I would have to say, that you would do well to be more aware of your surroundings....There are people who would knock you in the head for whats in that truck. Pharmaceuticals sell better than well on the black market. You know the drill, I won't bore you with repetition ....stay safe.

Woody's Comment
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Not having a job is about the worst feeling there is. Having a skill that's in demand and finding work is about the best feeling there is.

I couldn't agree more. I had been out of work for well over a year with NO decent interviews let alone job offers. Then went to school and had offers from every company I wanted and more. Talk about a boost to my self esteem!!!

Woody

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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