By: Allen Smith – Tampa Bay Trucking Examiner
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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