Archive for February, 2012

ATA seeks to change definition of tank vehicle regarding truck driver jobs

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The American Trucking Association is attempting to change the recently amended definition of a tank vehicle set for by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in order to protect truck driver jobs.

The organization recently changed its standards for commercial driver’s license testing and made them stricter.

It defined a tank vehicle as one designed to transport any liquid or gaseous material in tanks that are either permanently or temporarily attached to the chassis and are rated at more than 119 gallons and aggregated to 1,000 gallons or more. A flatbed carrying empty tanks rated at 1,000 gallons or more is not considered a tank carrier.

According to TruckingInfo, the problem is that under the new definition these types of shipments cause the need for a tank endorsement on the driver’s commercial license. This affects many private fleets but large less-than-truckload carriers are especially hard hit, ATA said in a letter to the FMCSA.

The letter said, “These motor carriers do not know in advance what types of containers will be moving on shipments between their terminals. Obtaining this endorsement is burdensome, requiring additional training, time off work and substantial costs and fees.”

States have until July 2014 to adopt the new definition, unless the definition is once again changed.

DOT proposes rules that could affect truck driver jobs

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The Department of Transportation has proposed a set of rules that could eventually affect truck driver jobs.

They have announced the first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is concerned about the effects of distraction due to drivers

School adds new certification to enhance truck driver jobs

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Great Lakes Truck Driving School, a CDL & Heavy Equipment Training Facility in Northeastern Ohio, announced it has added a new Oil Field Safety Certification Course, which will enhance truck driver jobs and enrich those who achieve certification.

The school is one of a few training facilities in the nation to offer professional driving, heavy equipment operation, and oil & gas industry training all in one location.

The school received full accreditation from the International Association of Drilling Contractors to provide graduates with a Health, Safety, and Environmental RIG PASS Card and SafeLandUSA Endorsement. The school

Car company hiring initiative could affect truck driver jobs

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

CarMax’s recent announcement that it will hire many people for jobs across the country could also increase the number of truck driver jobs, as more people mean higher revenues and additional needs for new cars to be transported to dealerships around the country.

The company said it is recruiting for more than 965 positions in locations across the country in order to satisfy the company’s seasonal staffing needs. The majority of positions are in sales and service operations (detailers, experienced technicians), with additional positions in purchasing and the business office. These are full and part-time permanent positions, with day and evening shifts available.

“Our associates are the heart of our success,” said Tom Folliard, president and CEO of CarMax. “We