Truck Driver is the Most Common Job in Most States

A lot of jobs that were pretty common 40 years ago aren’t so common anymore. There aren’t as many farmers as there used to be. The same thing is true for jobs like secretary and machine operator. But one job has been a mainstay in American life for four decades: Truck driver.

NPR recently ran a story where they listed the most common job for every state for each year, from 1978 to 2014. Truck drivers are everywhere. 

Source: IPUMS-CPS/ University Of Minnesota
Credit: Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Not all of those truck driver jobs are over-the-road, though. The story was based on census information, and the government categorizes delivery people as truck drivers, too. 

Still, trucking has had more staying power than a lot of jobs. NPR noted a few of the reasons:

“Driving a truck has been immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation. A worker in China can’t drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can’t drive cars (yet).”

In 2014, truck driver was the most common job in 28 states. At its peak in 2004, truck driving was the most common job in a whopping 36 states. 

In North Carolina, it’s been the most common job every year since 1986, the longest current streak. Not too surprising, since Charlotte is one of the most popular cities for load posts on DAT TruckersEdge.

Carriers Hire the Most Truck Drivers in 5 Years

While the map above is for 2014, it seems safe to say that a 2017 map would still look pretty similar. In February, trucking fleets added 10,600 jobs, the biggest increase in five years, according to the Wall Street Journal. This comes a month after fleets cut their payrolls by 5,100 jobs, so part of that increase was because fleets were adding back the jobs that went away in January.

Still, it’s a strong sign of growth for the trucking industry, so driving a truck is going to stay a popular job for a while yet.

 

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 Note: This article was adapted from DAT’s blog post. It was first published in March, 2017.

When’s the Best Time to Get Your Authority? Right Now

If you’ve been thinking about getting your own trucking authority, there’s no time like the present. There’s the “seize the day” angle, of course, but there’s another good reason to start now. We’re about to hit the slow season for freight, so you have more time for paperwork.

Plus, getting your motor carrier authority can take a month or more, so by the time you get your DOT number and start your business, you’ll be ready for the spring freight season.

Remember: It takes a month if you don’t hit any delays along the way, but it could take longer. For example, if you needed to change your company name, or something comes up in the registration process, the FMCSA could take extra time before approving your authority. That’s why it’s crucial that you do your research before making the leap. 

That goes for both regulations AND your business strategies. Insurance, registration fees, equipment, staffing, taxes – all these expenses are your responsibility once you get your own authority. The risks are high, but so are the potential rewards.

Ready to take the plunge? Here are 9 steps to starting your own trucking business.

  1. Get your commercial driver’s license – Get behind the wheel and get some experience
  2. Make a business plan – What are you hauling? Who are your customers?
  3. Choose a business structure – Choices include LLC, corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc.
  4. Start-up expensesGet authority and save money to cover the first few months until you start getting paid
  5. Plan your operations – Staffing, parking, maintenance, back office – who does what?
  6. Safety compliance – State and federal regulations
  7. Insurance – $750,000 minimum liability
  8. Equipment – What tractor and/or trailer does your business need?
  9. Grow your business –Find loads

Want to get started as quickly as possible? Give us a call at 866-812-3379, and we can take care of the paperwork for you. That way you don’t have to worry about making a mistake that leads to you missing out on the busy season later this year.

You can also send us a message here to get started with your authority or anything else you need to keep your trucking business compliant.

 

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 Note: This article was adapted from DAT’s blog post. It was first published in January, 2017.

Covenant Transport Class Action Lawsuit for Wages

 

A Class Action lawsuit notification against Covenant Transport  ( Covenant Transportation Group, Inc. NASDAQ: CVTI ) has been mailed out on behalf of truck drivers who were hired or had their Commercial Driver’s License issued from the State of California. The case in now in a proposed settlement stage, though is has not yet been fully decided. The case is called, “Tami Long V. Covenant Transport” was filed on behalf of the Plaintiff, a former driver and all other drivers who fit the criteria to be included in the settlement. The case number is: 1:15-cv-00278-TRM-SKL . The hearing is scheduled for April 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Courtroom 1A of the United States Eastern Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 900 Georgia Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you worked for Covenant Transport at any point between the dates of August  17, 2011 and December 20, 2016 you may be considered a qualified claimant if you held a California CDL.

DO NOT CALL THE COURT ABOUT THIS CASE.

You can read the details on the PDF Document below:

Tami Long v Covenant Transport

Summary of Background of the Case:

A former employee of Covenant Transport filed a lawsuit in California alleging that Covenant Transport under the California Labor Code, the California Business and Professions Code, and the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”), for failure to pay separately and hourly for time spent by drivers on rest breaks and on-duty not driving time, failure to provide paid rest periods and pay missed rest break premiums, failure to provide meal breaks, failure to pay missed meal break premiums, failure to provide accurate wage statements, failure to pay final wages when due at termination, waiting time penalties, and failure to reimburse business expenses.

Anyone who wishes to submit a claim must submit the claim form they were sent in the mail. It must be postmarked by March 21, 2017.

Law firms referenced as Class Counsel in the case are:

Craig J. Akerman, Esq.

Akerman & Tilajef, P.C.http://www.ackermanntilajef.com/

1180 South Beverly Drive, Suite 610

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Jonathan Melmed, Esq.

Memed Law Group, P.C.

1180 South Beverly Drive Suite 610

Los Angeles, CA 90035

In Tennessee:

Donna Mikel, Esq

Burnette, Dobson, & Pinchak

711 Cherry Street

Chattanooga, TN 37402

 

Attorney Craig J. Akerman, Esq. was recently a guest on the “Ask the Trucker” blog talk radio program with Allen Smith discussing the importance for all truck drivers to understand how State Labor laws could impact all “Over the Road” drivers who would like to see modernization of the “cents per mile” or “piece rate” pay system currently in place.

You can listen to the replay below: