Just Got My Hazmat What A PITA

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Rich D.'s Comment
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Listen guys I know this is my first post I want you guys to work for your worth. I have a Twic hazmat with a clean record criminal and driving. I see too many drivers working for cheap. If your a simple OTR and no hazmat or twic you should be making 65k a year if not your underpaid. I wont settle for for no less than 65k w2 and no perdeim. Don't feel like a company is doing you a favor for working for them.

Stay away from the percentage pay also. If you break down percentage most likely the owner will take out for fuel truck note insurance etc. They tend to pay 1099 that means your paying full social security and medical insurance. I have in the past seen guy spew well I get my full money Uncle SAM will just have to figure whats his. Irs hunts them down and penalizes them. Its better to hire a cpa in the first place and pay quarterly.

I want to tell you your not worthless drive like so many companies treat you. As for joe blow on the street that smarts off to you tell them... You brought their gas and fed that a$$$

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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For those of you wanting your twic card or background check from TSA.

http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/frequently-asked-questions-0

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Listen guys I know this is my first post I want you guys to work for your worth. I have a Twic hazmat with a clean record criminal and driving. I see too many drivers working for cheap. If your a simple OTR and no hazmat or twic you should be making 65k a year if not your underpaid. I wont settle for for no less than 65k w2 and no perdeim. Don't feel like a company is doing you a favor for working for them.

Stay away from the percentage pay also. If you break down percentage most likely the owner will take out for fuel truck note insurance etc. They tend to pay 1099 that means your paying full social security and medical insurance. I have in the past seen guy spew well I get my full money Uncle SAM will just have to figure whats his. Irs hunts them down and penalizes them. Its better to hire a cpa in the first place and pay quarterly.

I want to tell you your not worthless drive like so many companies treat you. As for joe blow on the street that smarts off to you tell them... You brought their gas and fed that a$$$

Bit of a chip on your shoulder there buddy? Or are you looking for some attention? I'll agree that 65k is possible as an OTR driver, but certainly not very likely until a driver has a few years experience. 65k is on the top end of the pay scale for truckload drivers, and will be earned by a driver that knows how to keep those wheels moving, and who probably doesn't take the attitude that the "company is doing you a favor for working for them." What's up with that anyhow Richard?

30-40k is what most rookies can expect. 45-55k seems like a nice medium for most OTR drivers. 65k would be on the top end.

Tanker companies will pay higher, but there's much more responsibility. LTL offers some of the highest paying jobs in the trucking industry, and a rookie driver could certainly make 65k at an LTL, an experienced driver 100k. But LTL almost always pays better than truckload, and you gotta be in the right location.

I know you didn't specify rookie or experienced driver for your post, but that does enter into the equation on what a driver can earn. And you're correct that there are some companies that don't pay well. They're out there. All the more important for a driver to do some research. CR England pays on the low side, especially when you consider that Prime drivers are doing the same thing and being paid more. Being productive plays a huge part in that paycheck, not just cpm , but a higher cpm definitely carries some weight.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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And in response to your thread title, I didn't find it a PITA when getting my hazmat.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Joe R.'s Comment
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And in response to your thread title, I didn't find it a PITA when getting my hazmat.

Thanks for the intelligent response to that somewhat incoherent post. My HM endorsement was not a pain either. I studied the material and did my best to underunderstand the material, then simply passed the test, submitted fingerprints and collected the subsequent mail. ......brrrrrr, tough stuff.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Rich D.'s Comment
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And in response to your thread title, I didn't find it a PITA when getting my hazmat.

Bit of a chip on your shoulder buddy.

The percentage pay I referred to is often spewed by you Pennsylvania and Ohio drivers. Matter of fact there are a bunch of companies that pay percentage in that region. 65k a year is not unreasonable even if you are a rookie.

Stop the hate driver I am going to turn my CB off now.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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