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Sprinter Vans Open Doors for Future Truck Drivers


Freightliner Sprinter VanWith trucking being the largest sector of the economy’s transportation industry, it easily beats out all other areas such as air, water, rail and pipeline.   Trucks account for more than 80 percent of total transportation revenue, pulling in more than $124 billion in 2006.   The industry is so large, that one in every 15 people are employed in the trucking industry.  Even in tough times such as a recession, trucking, in some form, will always remain.   There are still those who, for many reasons, cannot receive the needed CDL license in order to operate in commercial commerce.  Trucking companies like Pitt-Ohio are increasing the chances for many, by implementing new and visionary training opportunities which can lead to achieving the commercial driver license.   Welcome to the world of trucking . . . by way of the Sprinter Van.

The commercial sprinter van is not actually new, with the first one being launched by Mercedes-Benz in 1995 and a newer version in 2006, which was later voted Van of the Year in 2007 by Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine.   However, companies such as Pitt-Ohio saw the sprinter van as a new training model for future truck drivers.    President and co-founder Chuck Hammel, stated:

“But by far the most pleasant realization was that we were able to get non-CDL drivers behind the wheel, so our applicant pool expanded tremendously.  We could get people into transportation that never thought they would want to drive a tractor trailer.”

Now, obviously, a sprinter van pales in comparison to an 18-wheeler . . . but what a program like this can accomplish, is having the newcomer to the trucking industry get familiar with the industry’s surroundings, such as the loading dock, loading and unloading procedures, paper work, shipper and receiver terminals, etc.   The biggest fear of newcomers to the industry is operating in such “intimidating” surroundings.   Once they become accustomed and familiar with these sights and sounds of trucking, the transition to the big rigs could prove to be much easier. 

Big Rig TV has a video of this concept in action by Pitt-Ohio.   The trucking industry is in need of more training alternatives for upcoming truck drivers.  Introducing newcomers to the world of trucking through these Sprinter Vans . . . is not a bad idea.

Allen Smith

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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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  2. steven

    Size is good for truck drivers but the sprinters actually handle more like a car than a truck. now you can even HIRE them in S0Cal at , i am all for sprinters. this is my 4. year using sprinters, i love them…

  3. Brad A. Curry

    Great idea Allen, in fact I think having other “trucking” type experience helped me transition easier to the big rigs!

  4. salvador

    how would i get started in my own sprinter van business in floridaand is there a need for this ina 4 state area

  5. salvador

    want to start my own sprinter van business in Florida doing expedited freight in a 4 state area help me !!!!! tired of driving big truck have been doing it for 30+ years

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