“Thank You” to all Truck Drivers

This week (September 14-20) marks National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. During this week, the trucking industry takes time to say “Thank You” to all truck drivers who drive each and every day dedicated to safety and quality service.

At TransForce we would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank you” to our 2,800 drivers and to show our appreciation for what you do for TransForce all year long. Our offices are frequently complimented on your driving skills, your concern for safety, your professionalism, your customer service and your willingness to make our customers happy. All TransForce branches have planned special appreciation events throughout this week to honor our drivers. In addition, we extend our sincerest gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of truck drivers operating on the roadways today.

Please join us in appreciating professional truck drivers during this special week.

 

 

 

 

Tips for Finding Truck Driving Jobs

BLD017099Take a drive on any US highway and you will see trucks galore, many of them with an advertisement on the back that says their company is hiring qualified drivers. Have you ever thought about getting a truck driving job? With so many opportunities for good pay and benefits, the flexible hours, and the variety of runs available, driving a truck can be a rewarding career. But many truckers will tell you that you shouldn’t think of truck driving as a job — you should think of it as a lifestyle. And, there is a lot of information you’ll need to know if that lifestyle — and the job — is right for you.

The Truck Driving Lifestyle

Truck drivers enjoy decent pay and benefits and can expect to work at any time of the day or night. As a truck driver, you’ll have quite an erratic sleep schedule. You will have a lot of solitude as you make the long haul to places far away. You might not have the luxury of being home on weeknights or weekends. It’s not a career for everyone. But for some, life on the open road suits them perfectly.

Qualifications Needed for Truck Driving Jobs

Driving Record: Trucking companies need to know that they can trust you, and that you have a proven track record of responsibility. You’ll need a clean driving record that is free of accidents, DUIs and other moving violations. With rising insurance costs, companies can’t afford to hire employees who are liability risks.

Criminal Record: Trucking companies look for honest and trustworthy individuals to haul hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment and freight, with the lives of the motoring public in their hands. That being said, having a criminal record will not immediately disqualify you, based on your record and the company’s policies. If you have a previous felony conviction, it is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with recent convictions (within the previous seven years) related to operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol, reckless operation and/or vehicular manslaughter being considered as potentially disqualifying.

Job History: A poor work history can pose a problem when looking for a truck driving job. Be prepared to explain any long periods of unemployment. Having a verifiable work history is very important and trucking companies will go back 10 years if you already have experience in trucking, or 3 years if you’re brand new to the industry. If you were laid off, trucking companies will require proof. If you were working under the table, you will have to find a way to verify your employment during that time. All employment must be verified somehow, and trucking companies will give you verification options when you apply.

Education Level: The required level of education for a truck driver is normally a high school diploma or GED. Although this is not legally required, the overwhelming majority of truck driving schools and trucking companies will not accept anyone without a diploma or GED.

Training: Although you can legally get your CDL without attending a legitimate truck driving school, you will find it to be nearly impossible to land a job after obtaining your CDL. It’s better to get your training through a company-sponsored CDL training program or a private truck driving school, as they are all considered legitimate truck driving schools.

Additional Minimum Standards: To get an idea of other specific qualifications you will need, you can look to TransForce, the nation’s leading specialty staffing firm devoted exclusively to the transportation industry:

Truck driving can be an awesome career if you’re the right person for the job. A good driver is a valuable asset to any company. Because, while anyone can learn how to drive a truck and get a job, not everyone can learn how to operate a truck safely and keep that job. That’s why there is always a demand in the trucking field for skilled, trained drivers.

Roadcheck 2014 Results

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has published the results of the 2014 Roadcheck that took place on June 3-5. During this 72-hour enforcement period, inspectors across the nation completed 73,475 truck and bus inspections. Of the 73,475 total inspection conducted:

  • 49,656 were North American Standard Level 1 Inspections
  • 23% included Out-of-Service (OOS) vehicle violations.
  • 72,415 driver inspections were conducted
  • 4.8% included Out-of-Service (OOS) driver violations.
  • 825 seatbelt violations issued
  • Over 10,000 inspectors participated at approximately 2,500 locations across North America

For more information regarding the 2014 event, click here.

TransForce Inc., is an active member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and continues to maintain a culture of safety, quality, and compliance.

2014 National Truck Driving Championships: August 12-16

Best of luck to all drivers competing in the 2014 National Truck Driving Championship this week in Pittsburgh, PA! 426 professional truck drivers are expected to compete in the 77th annual NTDC which kicks off this week. TransForce is a proud sponsor the NTDC, and our entire staff would like to wish “best of luck” to all competitors vying for Grand Champion this year. Good Luck!!

For more information about this event, visit the ATA NTDC webpage.

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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 .