CVSA Roadcheck 2015 Results are In!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has published the results of the 2015 Roadcheck that took place on June 2-4. During this 72-hour enforcement period, inspectors across the nation completed 69,472 truck and bus inspections. During Roadcheck 2015, the CVSA reported that Driver and Vehicle Out-of-Service Rates for Level 1 inspection were the lowest on record.

2015 Roadcheck Statistics:

  • 69,472 total inspections were conducted
    • 44,989 were North American Standard Level 1 Inspections
      • 21.6% included Out-of-Service (OOS) vehicle violations
      • 3.6% included Out-of-Service (OOS) driver violations
    • Of all inspections, 777 seatbelt violations issued (as compared to 825 in 2014)
    • The 2015 focus was on cargo and load securement. During this event, inspectors issued 2,439 violations for load securement.


TransForce Inc., is an active member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and continues to maintain a commitment to safety, quality, and compliance. For more information on CVSA Roadcheck, click hereCVSA

Basic Requirements to Become a Truck Driver

There are lots of excellent reasons to go into trucking. It’s a growth industry and, with the right company, offers competitive pay and benefits along with a flexible schedule. But it’s a skilled profession that isn’t for everyone. Becoming a commercial truck driver requires a higher level of knowledge, skills and physical ability than driving a non-commercial vehicle. The U.S. Department of Transportation has developed a set of strict requirements for commercial drivers. And at TransForce, we set the bar even higher. Our drivers are required to meet a tougher set of requirements above and beyond the U.S. DOT rules. These additional requirements help us maintain our outstanding safety record. And we don’t cut corners on verification procedures.

According federal requirements, drivers must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 21 years old.
  • Must speak adequate English.
  • Must be able to safely operate the type of equipment he or she is assigned to drive.
  • Must be physically qualified to drive a commercial vehicle (according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards). You’ll need a valid medical certificate completed by a registered medical professional.
  • Must provide a list of moving violations in the past three years.
  • May not be disqualified from driving for any reason.
  • Must have a valid commercial license and a road test certificate–usually a CDL (Commercial Driver License).

To get your CDL, you should get a copy of your state’s CDL manual (available online). You are required to pass a skills test (and in some cases a written test). You’ll be issued a CDL learner’s permit that allows you to practice with a licensed CDL driver before earning your license. Special endorsements are required to operate the following types of vehicles:  a truck with double or triple trailers, a truck with a tank, a truck carrying hazardous materials or a passenger vehicle.

At TransForce, we have a list of non-negotiable requirements above and beyond those listed by U.S. DOT. These have been put in place to make sure we preserve our outstanding safety record and get the very best drivers. We run a nationwide background check on all candidates to let us know about any disqualifying criminal convictions. Our additional requirements are as follows:


Our drivers must have a minimum of one year of recent (within the last 24 months) experience driving the type of equipment that they will be assigned to operate.

Clean Accident Record

Our drivers may not have DOT defined accidents in the past three years (in any type of motor vehicle). This includes all accidents in which the driver was convicted for a moving violation in connection with the crash or charged with responsibility for the crash.

Limited Moving Violations/ No Convictions on Serious Offenses

Our drivers may have no more than three moving violations in any type of motor vehicle in the past three years.

Our drivers may have no convictions for any of the following serious offenses (in any type of vehicle) in the past seven years:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (.04 or greater alcohol concentration, driving under the influence under state law, or refusing to test).
  • Driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • Leaving the scene of an accident.
  • No more than one excessive speeding violation (15 mph or more above the posted speed limit).
  • Reckless driving.
  • Any moving violation in connection with a fatal accident.
  • Vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide.
  • Eluding a police officer.
  • Operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license.

At TransForce, safety is a top priority, and we are serious about hiring the very best drivers. If you are an experienced driver with a CDL, are medically fit and have a safe driving record that meets our very strict requirements, we want to talk to you.


Top Tips for Choosing a Truck Driver Staffing Firm

Companies in the market for a reliable firm to manage their truck driver staffing are looking for a way to save money and hassle. One thing they aren’t looking for is extra headaches because they chose an inferior staffing company. With their reputation on the line every time a truck bearing their name is on the highway, companies need to know they can safely rely on their staffing firm to deliver the best drivers possible.

We know that one of the most important things for clients is a sense of trust. For us, this means transparency and clearly structured contracts. Our commitment to safety and reliability has allowed us to attract the best drivers, which in turn has led to our remarkably low accident rate. We attract great candidates by offering them competitive pay, solid benefits and flexibility. And this lets TransForce offer our clients the very best talent available.

We’ve come up with some thoughts on what to look for in a truck driver staffing company. And– you guessed it– we meet every single one of these criteria with flying colors.

For Carriers

We know that while our drivers work for us, they’re representing your company on the road. Here are some things to think about as you look for a staffing firm:

Access To Driver Records

From the client perspective, transparency is key. While our drivers are our employees, we know that they’re working for you in a very public role. And we understand that providing our clients with timely access to driver records is important. Our contracts guarantee access within 48 hours, and most can be forwarded instantly.

Past Employer Checks

At TransForce, we don’t take shortcuts. We know that not all issues or personnel problems show up through government records. Consulting former employers can provide important insight to driver conduct. We don’t give up on contacting past employers, and we require extensive documentation about past employment from all candidates.

Motor Vehicle Records From The Source

We get drivers’ motor vehicle records from state agencies, not the drivers themselves. This reduces the potential for fraud and gives you more confidence in your driver’s safety record. It seems simple enough, but not all staffing firms take this extra step.

Verification Of Hours

Tired drivers are dangerous drivers. In the interest of safety, we check hours before each assignment to ensure that the driver has available hours to complete the assignment within legal limits. Our drivers’ health and public safety are of top concern.

DOT Compliant Drug And Alcohol Screening Program

This is another area where it doesn’t pay to take the easy road. Other companies may use invalid testing programs (such as instant tests). But our testing is completed according to DOT approved procedures at certified laboratories. Our contracts also guarantee clients access to all testing results and notification of positive tests. Once again, transparency and safety are key.

Sole Employer Status With Employees and Workers’ Comp

The reason our clients hire a staffing company is to remove the administrative headaches of hiring drivers. Our contract establishes TransForce as each driver’s sole employer. We are responsible for hiring, termination, discipline, wages, salaries, benefits and compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. This is clear to our employees from the outset, and takes all of these issues off our clients’ plates entirely. This includes the all-important workers’ compensation, which is solely our responsibility in the event of a claim. Because our drivers are TransForce employees, and not independent contractors, this means no tax-related surprises for clients.

Contractual Indemnity

Our contracts are specifically designed to protect clients from workers’ compensation claims and other liability claims. Our goal is to build a relationship built on trust with our clients. That’s why we put it in writing.

For Drivers

Our record of success is based in large part on the fact that we recognize that our drivers are professionals and treat them as such. We offer our drivers a combination of flexibility and job security that’s unparalleled in our industry. We also pride ourselves on treating our drivers with the respect they deserve.

Here are a few things for drivers to look for in a staffing company:

Employee Status

Our drivers are our employees, plain and simple. We take responsibility for your salary, benefits, workers’ compensation and more. This helps ensure that drivers are valued employees rather than dispensable contractors.

Competitive Pay

Driving a truck is a professional occupation that requires skill and training. We believe in paying our drivers as the professionals they are.


Like most great companies, we offer medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off and a 401K program. We know that employee health is key to offering clients the best drivers available, and we’ll work with you to keep you healthy. We also believe in the importance of rest and family time, as well as saving for retirement.

Assignment Flexibility

We offer local, regional and Over The Road driving options and allow drivers to change assignments when circumstances change. Instead of changing jobs because of a life change, we work to keep our great drivers on board by being flexible. We also believe that combining steady home time with steady, reliable work schedules is the key to happy, productive drivers.

Whether you’re a carrier looking to get rid of the administrative headache of managing a truck driving staff or a driver looking for the best workplace for flexibility and job security, it’s important to do your homework. Once you know what to look for in a staffing company, we think you’ll agree that TransForce meets these important criteria. That’s why we’re the industry leader, and that’s why we’re 100 percent ready to meet your needs.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: September 13-19, 2015

During this week, the staff at TransForce Inc. would like to take a special opportunity to thank all of our drivers who operate safely each and every day.

We are proud of our group of drivers–and thank you for the professionalism and dedication you exhibit. Please join us in thanking all professional Truck Drivers  nationwide. For more information regarding National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, click here to visit the American Trucking Associations website. NTDAW_LOGO

6 Things to Look for in a Trucking Job


Man standing in front of truck

Now is a really good time to become a trucker. The current shortage of qualified drivers means that truckers can be choosy about which companies they work for. Competition among employers is heating up, so it’s a great time to review the top six things to look for in an ideal trucking job.  TransForce is one such company that offers employees all of these benefits and more. Before accepting a trucking job, do your homework and compare!

Feeling valued. Lots of companies will say that they value their employees, but it’s best to look for an employer who demonstrates with their actions just how valuable their drivers are to them. For instance, does the company ask and care about what you want to do?  Do they try to work with you to deliver the ideal run and home time when you want it?

Strong emphasis on safety and training. Companies that proudly talk about their safety record and can show you the numbers to prove it are class operations. Being part of a culture where safety and proper training are emphasized, publicized and rewarded will take your trucking career to a new level.  You can be proud of what you do and all the while you know that your employer not only wants to keep you safe, but has programs in place to ensure that safety.

Good benefits. These days, it’s not only about your paycheck. Good healthcare, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, life insurance, disability insurance, options to contribute to a 401K and other perks of the job help truckers lead a balanced, healthy and happy life. Look for an employer that has an excellent benefits package.

Fair pay. For most people considering a trucking job, the bottom line is certainly how much money they can expect to earn. Look for positions that offer a fair wage and compensation package. Also, be sure the company can keep you on the road for as many hours a week as you’d like to drive. Balance the pay versus the hours you can expect to work each week to be sure the compensation is fair.

Flexibility. Sometimes you can end up taking a trucking run that just doesn’t work out for you, for whatever reason. If you are stuck on that assignment, and there is no wiggle room for you to try another gig, you’ll wind up starting the job search process all over again. If you work with a staffing agency like TransForce, you can either take a dedicated run, or have more flexibility. And, if you choose to be flexible, but then change your mind, that’s OK, too. What you really should look for is a company that offers you the most ways to enjoy what you do. For most drivers, that means having a lot of flexibility.  

Investment in technology. Technology can make a trucker’s job so much easier and safer. If you’re eyeing a job with a company that seems “outdated”, you may want to instead look for one that invests in modern technology and also provides training on that new technology to its drivers. Not only will it make your job easier and more rewarding, but it also provides you with critical skills to take you into the future.

Ready to start looking for your ideal trucking job?  Start here.

How Truckers Can Avoid Distractions While on the Road

We all know that hand-held mobile devices can be the biggest cause of driver distraction. But, did you know that there are many other things going on in the cab that can also distract truckers from keeping their eyes on the road?

A San Diego-based company that specializes in video driver safety technology recently released figures that show a whole range of activities that can easily cause truck driver distraction. The company, Lytx Inc., uses in-cab video and audio systems to deliver driver safety and predictive analytics to fleets. Their program captures video and audio inside and outside of the vehicle and uploads data to a review center, where it is analyzed.

According to figures from the first four months of 2015, hands-free phones caused 32% of distraction events, while hand-held devices caused 27%. Eating and drinking accounted for 20%, while outside distractions (11%), computers/TVs (10%) and passengers (1%) accounted for the remainder of the recorded incidents.

Greg Lund, director of corporate relations for Lytx, said that the data shows a marked increase over last year of incidents involving hands-free devices, which are often thought to be safer than hand-held phones. Meanwhile, the number of incidents involving hand-held devices was virtually unchanged from year to year. “Using a hand-held cellular device makes you 4.7 times more likely to be in a collision than not using one,” Lund said. “Using a hands-free device is nearly as risky — 4.6 times more likely to be in a collision.”

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that motorists who believe a hands-free phone is safer are wrong, pointing to more than two dozen studies that confirm hands-free devices are equally as dangerous as their hand-held counterpart. The council says that the human brain remains distracted by the conversation on the phone, whether it’s being held up to the ear or the conversation is taking place on a speaker.

Researchers estimate that drivers can miss up to 50% of what’s happening around them (such as traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrians) when talking on a cell phone and driving.

Lund says that the smartphones, tablets and computers can all provide real benefits to drivers, but they need to be used properly. Bridget Bradshaw, marketing manager for NationaLease, one of the largest truck leasing companies, agrees that the technology needs to take a back seat to safety. “And it’s not just about texting and cell phones,” said Bradshaw. “It can be focusing on the navigation system instead of the road ahead or unwrapping that burger to take a bite. No matter the reason, taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can spell the difference between a safe drive and a disaster.”

Bradshaw suggests these safety tips for drivers:

  • Focus: Keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road constantly.
  • Dump the devices: Put away the cell phones, the iPods, and the tablets while you’re driving. If you must engage with these devices, pull over to the side of the road.
  • Plan ahead: Make sure you plan your trip ahead of time so you’re not staring at a navigation screen instead of the highway.
  • Wait: Check your messages and return calls during your next fuel stop.

At TransForce, our number one priority is driver safety.  We’d like to know what you think causes driver distraction, and hear your tips for staying safe on the highways. Tell us in the comments below!

Retention Is Key During a Trucker Shortage


happy-truck-driverWhen truck drivers quit, the industry suffers. Production temporarily drops, and time and money must be spent to hire and train new truckers to replace them. To improve driver retention and keep quality staff on board, we need to understand why they leave for new jobs. Here are some common reasons why drivers quit and what can be done to stop the turnover and ease the trucker shortage.

Dispatch Plays a Big Role

Drivers want to be treated with courtesy and respect. At the very least, the company should know each employee’s name. Since dispatch keeps in constant contact with the truckers, they have a great opportunity to influence the drivers’ feelings and attitude. Dispatch should be trained in people skills, and they should be honest if there are any issues with a load. Also, dispatch must not solely focus on delivery schedules. They need to keep driver fatigue in mind and build in time for drivers to get needed rest. Otherwise, a trucker could easily burnout and quit. This helps to protect against fatigue-related accidents as well.

What Kind of Benefits Are Offered?

For some drivers, a good benefits package will be enough for them to accept less pay. Think about what kind of health insurance is offered. Do they receive enough sick days and paid vacation time? Is there a retirement program? Companies should strive to make it hard for drivers to leave. For example, have a retirement program that requires a few years of service to be fully vested into it.

Safe and Reliable Wheels

A driver’s truck must be dependable and give them a sense of security. They need the vehicle to get them safely from point A to B. When drivers share issues about their truck, the complaints must be addressed ASAP. If the problems get pushed to the back burner, it reflects the company’s attitude about their staff’s satisfaction and safety.

Spending Time at Home

Many drivers have families and want to spend a reasonable amount of time with them. Truckers often say they would like to get home weekly to see loved ones and friends, as well as to take care of other responsibilities, according to surveys. When hired, truck drivers should hear all the job requirements, especially if there is a possibility that they can’t be routed home on a weekly basis.

A Steady Paycheck

One of the biggest issues regarding salary is when the promised pay and mileage does not materialize. For example, a driver will become upset if he is assured 2,500 miles per week at a certain rate but only consistently gets 1,750 miles.

TransForce Drivers Receive Respect and Competitive Benefits

Drivers are respected and appreciated at TransForce. With more than 20 years of service, we offer competitive weekly pay, steady home time, and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical/dental/vision insurance, life and disability insurance, paid time off, and 401K. Find out more at


CVSA Roadcheck June 2-4-2015

It’s Back!!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold their annual 72-hour Roadcheck this year from June 2-4. The annual three-day roadside commercial vehicle safety crackdown known as Roadcheck will focus on various elements of motor carrier, vehicle, driver, and cargo safety and security. This year, there will be a special focus on cargo securement compliance. Cargo securement violations represent the fourth most prevalent Out-of-Service violation category, after brakes, tires, and lighting—with a significant portion of cargo violations represented by unsecured vehicle equipment such as dunnage, blocks, spare tires, etc.

Here is a look at some statistics from the 2014 Roadcheck:

  • 73,475 total inspections were conducted
    • 49,656 were North American Standard Level 1 Inspections
      • 23% included Out-of-Service (OOS) vehicle violations
    • 72,415 driver inspections were conducted
      • 8% included Out-of-Service (OOS) driver violations
      • 825 seatbelt violations issued
    • Over 10,000 inspectors participated at approximately 2,500 locations across North America

TransForce Inc., is an active member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and continues to maintain a commitment to safety and compliance. For more information about Roadcheck, please click here to visit the CVSA website.



Top Tips to Help You Pass CDL School

Closeup of form being filledA CDL (commercial driver’s license) is necessary to get a good job as a truck driver, and many companies will provide training for the CDL test. In order to set yourself up for success, you need to adequately prepare for a career of driving. Here are some tips to get you started.

Do your homework.

Before you even apply to become a CDL student, you need to ask yourself if truck driving is the career choice for you. Trucking is not just a job — it is really a lifestyle. That’s why it’s important that you know all about what is entailed in OTR (over-the-road) driving. What kind of adjustments will you need to make in your personal and/or family life? Do the important people in your life support your decision and do they know what types of adjustments they will need to make? What kind of benefits are available and which type of company offers the most flexibility and support to their drivers? There are many great resources online where you can ask truckers questions and learn more about the profession.

Be prepared to work and learn.

If you’ve decided to pursue your CDL after learning as much as you can about being a truck driver, then show up every day with open eyes, open ears, and an open mind. Learning new things can be intimidating, especially if you are switching careers mid-life. But, if you show up prepared to learn, listen, ask questions and work hard, you’ll have a much easier time. There is much more to learn than simply how to drive an 18-wheeler. Trip planning, log books, regulations, inspections … you’ll need to master all of these things in order to get your CDL.

Ask for help.

Many CDL trainers are graduates of the same program you’re in — so they know what you are trying to accomplish. Not only are they there to help you succeed, but they also can point you to helpful resources. CDL school is not a good place to think you already “get it” and don’t need to study, and it is certainly not the time to be too stubborn to ask for help. Your career (and your family) depends on you doing everything in your power to get the best training possible. Take advantage of all of the extra resources available to you, like training videos and checklists. Don’t be afraid to make friends and work together with other students to study. If your program allows for time for extra practice on the rigs, take them up on it every chance you get.

Don’t give up.

The first time you step up into that cab and push the accelerator pedal on a big rig will be one of the most scary and exhilarating experiences of your life. Depending on how scary or overwhelming it is, you may get frustrated. Remember, learning anything new can be challenging. But, that’s just it. If you perceive the whole experience of learning to drive a truck as a challenge that you can master, rather than as a mountain you’ll never climb, you will have won half the battle. You can overcome your struggles — and reap the reward — with the right attitude, patience, an open mind and determination.

Are you thinking of becoming a truck driver?  Is it a lifestyle that appeals to you? Do you think being a truck driver can create a better life for you and/or your family? If you answered yes to those questions, then look into getting your CDL license.  For more information, contact TransForce today.

How Endorsements Help Your Trucking Career

cdl-endorsementsA career in driving—whether it’s moving products from one state to another or shuttling children to and from school—can be rewarding, satisfying and lucrative.

Endorsements Expand Options

Getting CDL endorsements will expand your career options immediately because you will qualify for more jobs. To make the most of your career, experts recommend getting as many CDL endorsements as possible. For example, even if you’re already a HAZMAT driver, you should consider getting a CDL passenger endorsement so that you could drive shuttle buses if needed. Getting the endorsement is not a waste of time or effort; it’s just good common sense because you never know where life will take you.

One trucking industry insider shared his story on He had driven a truck for several years and decided he wanted to go back to school to become a motorcycle mechanic. But he needed a part-time job to pay his bills. A company was looking for a shuttle driver to transport their workers in a school bus. The distance was one-quarter mile.

He was paid $400 a week to drive for about 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon. Fortunately, he had a passenger endorsement, so he was able to get right to work. The job got him through a year of schooling; he made more than $16,000 in little over 40 weeks. Was it just luck? Hardly. He had the foresight to get all his CDL endorsements, just in case he needed them.

Types of Endorsements Available

While each state has slightly different variations and restrictions on their CDL endorsements, the following six are available: Passenger (P); School Bus (S); Hazardous Materials “HAZMAT” (H); Tanker with Hazardous Materials (X); Tanker (N); and Doubles/Triples (T).

All of these CDL endorsements require a written test, with the exception of HAZMAT, which is a slightly more rigorous process. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the federal government has considered the possibility that terrorists will use trucks to attack Americans. Therefore, the HAZMAT CDL endorsement includes a couple of extra steps. For this endorsement, you’d need to take an initial written test, provide proof of citizenship, undergo a background check and re-take the written test every two years. The other endorsements simply require passing a written exam; no re-testing, background checks or driving tests are required.

The cost to apply for the endorsements is usually nominal and varies from state to state. For the best chance of success, and to be sure you don’t have to take it more than once, prepare for the endorsement exam by taking a practice test. You can see your score right away and get explanations for each question.

Keep Your Options Open

You don’t know what the future holds. When it comes to driving, keep your options open so you can stay ahead of the curve. TransForce offers its drivers the option of working on flex assignments – switching runs when they want, rather than having to switch employers. Drivers with a few endorsements find that they can change assignments easily, because they are qualified to handle a larger variety of runs. Talk to us today about training and jobs.