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Local truck drivers get hiring break in OTR experience


By: Allen SmithTampa Bay Trucking Examiner

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Local semi tractor-trailer drivers often find it nearly impossible to find work as an over the road truck driver.  Normally, trucking companies require six months to one year of verifiable, recent OTR driving experience.  Professional truck drivers who have been driving the big rigs locally for years, are often told that without this recent, verifiable trucking experience, they are not eligible for hire.  At minimum, these experienced drivers are told that they will have to take a driver refresher course, which can run between $1200 and $1500.  Well, not anymore.

Trucking Careers of America has joined forces with an over the road trucking firm which will accept local driving experience for OTR positions.  What has always been a major problem for truck drivers, their local experience can now be seen in a positive light, which it should have been seen as all along.

Furthermore, another problem many drivers face is being able to secure a truck driving job if they have been out of the driving force for any length of time.  Again, if a driver has not driven for a while, they are told that they have to go back to CDL school or perhaps pay for a refresher course.  It all goes back to the recent, verifiable driving experience.  There is good news for drivers who find themselves in this position as well.

If you are a driver with at least six months experience within the last three years, Trucking Careers of America can get you driving again.  With freight picking up in Florida and around the country, trucking companies will have to ease up on their hiring restrictions in order to meet any oncoming demands.

Truck drivers with a good work history and no problems on their DAC report or driving record, will be able to find that OTR driving job, even if their experience has only been locally or if they can show at least 6 months driving within the previous 3 years.

This is good news for professional truckers.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. jim mccarter

    Good to hear that someone is finally standing up to the corruption/corraboration between the trucking schools and the trucking companies. Everyone has known that this has been a jury-rigged operation for a long long time. A lot of these “local” drivers can totally out drive a student with only school and one month experience behind them. Glad to hear that someone has finally seen thru this.

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