Truck Driving Jobs: Temp Agency or Staffing Company?

happy truck driverTruck drivers have more choices when it comes to finding a good job. With the continued rise in the number of trucking companies that outsource their staffing management and recruitment to an agency or a company, the job possibilities for qualified CDL drivers have taken on new definitions. Figuring out what your ideal employment situation looks like means understanding the pros and cons between a staffing company or a temporary agency. Many people think a staffing agency and a temp agency are basically the same thing. Both types of organizations do have overlapping business models, often providing some of the same services. However, staffing companies typically offer a wider array of options for their employees.

Agencies Offer Much Shorter Assignments

While both temporary agencies and staffing companies offer temporary placement of qualified workers for their clients, staffing companies tend to focus more on long-term solutions, both for the employee and the customer. Agencies usually provide short-term labor ranging from a single day to several months — to help their customers deal with peak busy periods, absences, maternity leaves and special assignments. At a temp agency, all the parties involved expect that the arrangement is not “forever” and that it will end. Sometimes assignments can end suddenly, with little or no warning.

Better Compensation and Flexibility

Working for a staffing company offers more stability and the ability to plan ahead. Drivers at staffing companies can expect to work for a much longer period of time, often on regular runs that last a year or more. You are an employee of the staffing company, who handles your pay, benefits, schedule and assignments. While temp agencies often offer little or no benefits, staffing companies often offer competitive compensation packages that include health care coverage, paid time off, 401K, life and disability insurance and more. Also, with many temp agencies, you are a co-employee of both the company who is offering the assignment, as well as the agency. Working for a staffing company keeps one name on your resume for the length of your employment with the company. That way, your resume and employment history stays looking clean. If a driver’s employment history has too much “clutter”, or too many jobs, many companies will not extend an offer of employment.

You Decide When and Where to Work

A good CDL driver staffing company can also offer qualified CDL drivers a level of freedom and flexibility that they are unable to receive from a traditional trucking company or a temp agency. Some staffing companies offer a “no-forced dispatch” policy, which allows drivers the luxury of being able to choose when and where they’d like to work. Employees who have freedom and flexibility, along with control over their schedules, tend to have a much higher level of job satisfaction – often directly translating into better job performance. With temporary agency assignments, the driver must take the assignment given or he/she doesn’t get paid.

Choosing a Staffing Company

In choosing a staffing company, look for one that has a long history of operation and continued growth. That shows you that they are well-managed, successful and respected by both clients and employees. Also, be sure they strictly comply with DOT regulations and recommendations. They should have a safety record they are proud to share with you. The company should be able to offer flexible employment arrangements, competitive compensation and benefits and should be able to find out what you want in a dream job and match you to an assignment. The right CDL driver staffing company can offer promising opportunities.

Happy 4th of July from TransForce!

Happy 4th of July from TransForce!

We would like to extend a special “Thank you” to our drivers who will be away from home this weekend.

As you travel this Holiday, please remember to use caution and respect large trucks and buses on the road. Travel safe, and have an enjoyable Holiday weekend!

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CVSA Roadcheck June 3-5, 2014

The CVSA annual Roadcheck will be held this year from June 3-5. “Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period in early June. Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections. ” For more information, click here to visit the CVSA website. CVSA

CDL Drivers Must Continue to Carry Medical Certificates Until 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is extending by one year, until Jan. 30, 2015, a requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate and continue to make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state commercial motor vehicle inspectors.

In Dec. 2008, FMCSA issued a Final Rule modernizing, streamlining, and simplifying recordkeeping obligations for drivers, carriers and state governments by requiring that a driver’s medical certification record be merged with state-issued CDLs. States received support from FMCSA to implement the necessary IT system upgrades and merge the records into one, online database – the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS). FMCSA announced the one-year extension today to protect commercial drivers from being cited for violations because some states are not yet in full compliance with the new system.

For a copy of the Federal Register announcement, click here.

 

WINTER WEATHER ALERT-WINTERIZING FUEL

The Safety Management Council of the American Trucking Associations has asked us to pass along the following important message:

“The Wisconsin State Patrol has asked us to alert our membership to an issue they are experiencing.   Trucks are coming up from the south without winter fuel.  They have had several stall on the interstate already today and with temps falling this weekend it will be a real issue next week”

Please be mindful of the winter weather temperatures and make sure you and the carrier you are operating for have taken the proper steps to winterize trucks for the frigid temperatures the Northern United States are experiencing.

Stay warm and BE SAFE out there!

30 Minute Break Requirment for Short Haul Drivers

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has recently announced that the FMCSA has published Regulatory Guidance on the 30-minute rest break requirement for drivers who become ineligible for the “Short-Haul” exception during the duty day:

“This regulatory guidance addresses application of the 30-minute break rule to interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who begin their duty days as ‘‘short haul’’ drivers exempt from the break rule, but who occasionally exceed the short haul distance or time limits. Such drivers are then subject to the break requirement and must prepare a record-of-duty- status (RODS) for the day. The intent of the break rule would be satisfied if drivers in these situations take a break at the earliest safe opportunity after exceeding the short haul limits and explain in a RODS annotation why the rest break was not taken within the required 8 hours of the last off-duty break of at least 30 minutes.”

The effective date for this guidance issued by the FMCSA is December 19, 2013.

This information has been provided by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance .

 

Top 50 Logistics Companies

Just released … Transport Topics Top 50, an annual survey of the largest logistics companies. Sponsored by TransForce, Inc. To view, click here: Top 50 Logistics Companies.

 

In the Safety Zone™ Newsletter – Vol. 6, Issue 8

Ice-and-Snow-Take-it-SlowCheck out our latest issue of In the Safety Zone ™ featuring topics on preparing for safe winter driving, avoiding slips, trips and falls, how to ward off colds and flu, and a year in review safety quiz. In the Safety Zone Newsletter – Volume 6, Issue 8 (November 2013)

FTR State of Freight: Steady Growth, Capacity Tightening

Regulatory shocks such as the recent change in hours of service regulations are tough on trucking, but they do tend to lead to the ability of fleets to raise rates. If the Federal Motor Carrier Administration actually promulgates the kind of regulations they say they want to, the industry can expect more shocks, perhaps a batch of them by the end of 2014.

That was a key point made by Noel Perry, managing director and senior consultant with FTR, in the company’s “State of Freight” conference call last week. “Additional hires are going to be required by FMCSA changes,” he said. “If federal agencies do what they say they’re going to do, by the third quarter of 2015, we will need to hire another 160,000 drivers.” Read the full article at http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/news/story/2013/11/ftr-state-of-freight-steady-growth-capacity-tightening.aspx.

Top 10 Trucking Industry Concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released its top ten list of trucking industry concerns this week. Go to http://www.todaystrucking.com/the-big-list-of-trucking-industry-concerns to read more.