I have had many folks IM, email or phone me asking about a career in trucking. Is it a good time to become a driver? I was laid off and hear driving pays well. Should I do it? These and other similar questions often come my way.
Honestly, right now I would have to say no. First, the pay is generally no where as good as one thinks it is. Second, the hours are long. You are gone from your family and friends for weeks on end. This means missing the ballgame, birthdays, holidays and other events....as well as dinner with the family or tucking the little ones into bed. You "work" about 100 irregular hours a week and log about 60. Be real, anyone making out there knows you do. Work can range from driving, loading or waiting on dispatch for a load just to name a few. Third, the economy is just supporting the need for drivers at this time. Companies have hiring freezes on and go talk to a driver. Stop by a truck stop and have a chat. Buy him/her a cup of coffee and talk to them. Miles are down for most drivers. O/Os are hanging on by threads unless they are a rare, well established "lucky" one.
Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:51 pm (PDT)
Trucking jobs fell 2.5% in February
By Avery Vise
Continuing a string of unprecedented percentage decreases, the trucking
industry lost 33,400 employees on a seasonal basis in February -- a 2.5 percent
drop from January, according to preliminary figures released March 6 by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The 33,400 trucking jobs lost in February represent 5.1 percent of the net
651,000 nonfarm payroll jobs lost. And the rate of decline in trucking
employment in February far exceeds that of the 0.5 percent employment decline in the
Trucking employment was down 1.8 percent in January, 1.3 percent in December
and just less than 1 percent in November. Each decline was the highest
recorded monthly percentage drop at the time except for April 1994 during a
Teamsters strike. Since October, trucking employment is down 6.4 percent.
Trucking employment is down 11.8 percent from its peak of 1.45 million in
January 2007, according to BLS figures.
There has been another round of fraudulent letters issued to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) contractors and potential contractors purporting to be issued by DOT. These fraudulent letters request that current or potential contractors register by submitting their company's financial information on a release form entitled, "Authorization to release financial information". They are dated January 27, 2009, and signed by "John Steinberg."
Please be aware that DOT does not require any financial information to be submitted in order to be eligible for procurement.
In addition to this most recent example, the following is a list of fraudulent letters to date which have been faxed out to current or potential contractors:
December 29, 2005, signed by "Frank M. Orell"
February 8, 2006, signed by "Randy Cohen"
April 27, 2006, signed by "Dan Jacobs"
July 28, 2006, signed by "Dan Jacobs"
November 8, 2006, signed by "Lisa Johnson"
February 26, 2007, signed by "Lisa Johnson"
March 26, 2007, signed by "Jason Scarlett"
May 10, 2007, signed by "Jason Scarlett"
July 11, 12, and 20, 2007, signed by "George Mason"
August 27 and 28, 2007, signed by "Julie P. Wenzel"
September 10, 2007, signed by "Julie P. Wenzel"
October 12, 2007, signed by "Julie P. Wenzel"
October 21, 2007, signed by "Julie P. Wenzel"
January 28, 2008, signed by "Julie P. Weynel"
February 7, March 3, March 31, 2008, signed by "Bradley K. Wash"
April 1, 2008, signed by "Bradley K. Wash"
April 28, 2008, signed by "Bradley K. Wash"
June 3, 2008, signed by "Robert Dal"
June 4, 2008, signed by "James Buchanan"
September 5, 2008, signed by "David Jacobson"
October 20, 2008, signed by "Jennifer Donaldson"
December 8, 2008, signed by "Jennifer Stewart"
December 19, 2008, signed by "Jeffrey Steinberg"
All letters were signed as the Senior Procurement Officer.
The USDOT has issued the following warning: "Please DO NOT complete the release form which is attached to the letter and DO NOT release any information to the facsimile number cited in the letter."
To view an example of the latest letters being sent out to contracting personnel, visit: www.dot.gov/ost/m60/jsteinberg_012709.pdf. The point of contact concerning these fraudulent letters is the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General Hotline at
On June 1, 2009, all travelers entering the United States will be required to present a single document denoting both citizenship and identity.
According to information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), many cross-border travelers already have the necessary documents such as a passport, passport card or a trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST), or an enhanced driver's license (EDL) currently issued by the states of Washington, New York, and Vermont and the Province of British Columbia. The State of Michigan and additional Canadian provinces will be issuing EDLs in the coming months.
The document requirement already is in place for all air travelers, and applies to travelers entering the United States who were previously exempt, including citizens of the US, Canada, and Bermuda.
The requirement is part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative prompted by security concerns following the terrorists attacks on the United States in 2001.
DHS announced recently that all statutory criteria required by the initiative have been met so that the program implementation can begin June 1.
Volvo: 2010 emissions standards add nearly $10,000 to truck stickers
With the rollout of 2010 engines nearing, Volvo Trucks North America became
the first OEM to announce its new pricing structure for the EPA compliant
Volvo Trucks says its diesel trucks equipped with engines that meet the EPA’
s 2010 standards will come with a $9,600 surcharge.
The surcharge will apply to new trucks built with Volvo D11, D13 and D16
engines, as well as those with the Cummins ISX. All of the engines will be
equipped with SCR aftertreatment. The new technology also includes the development
of advanced onboard diagnostics systems required by the new emissions
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