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America’s Independent Truckers’ Association, Inc.
601-924-9606 601-924-9613
National Association of Small Trucking
800-264-8580 615-451-0041
American Trucking Association,
703-838-1700 703-684-5751
National Association of Independent
Truckers, Inc.
800-821-8014 816-891-0000
Owner-Operated Independent Drivers
Southern Loggers’ Co-Operative 318-641-8081 318-641-8082 724-349-3224 417-472-6970 417-472-3477
State Forestry Associations
State Loggers Associations

Independent Trucker Information 949-261-1636 949-261-2904
Alabama Trucking
Association, Inc.
334-834-3983 334-262-6504
Trucking Association, Inc.
907-276-1149 907-274-1946
Arizona Trucking Association 602-252-7559 602-253-1848
Motor Transport Association, Inc.
501-372-3462 501-376-1810
California Trucking
Association, Inc.
916-373-3500 916-371-7558
Colorado Motor Carriers
Association, Inc.
303-433-3375 303-477-6977
Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, Inc. 860-520-4455 860-520-4567
Delaware Motor Transport Association, Inc. 302-672-7763 302-698-1305
District of Columbia Motor Transport Association 202-543-5149
Florida Trucking
Association, Inc.
850-222-9900 850-222-9363
Georgia Motor Trucking
Association, Inc.
404-876-4313 404-874-9765
Transportation Association, Inc.
808-833-6628 808-833-8486
Idaho Motor
Transport Association, Inc.
208-342-3521 208-343-8397
Transportation Association, Inc.
Indiana Motor
Truck Association, Inc.
317-630-4682 317-638-5380
Iowa Motor Truck
Association, Inc.
515-244-5193 512-244-2204
Kansas Motor Carriers
Association, Inc.
913-267-1641 785-266-6551
Kentucky Motor Transport
Association, Inc.
502-695-4055 502-695-9026
Louisiana Motor Transport Association, Inc. 225-928-5682 225-928-0500
Maine Motor Transport
Association, Inc.
207-623-4128 207-623-4096
Maryland Motor Truck
Association, Inc.
410-644-4600 410-644-2537
Motor Transport Association, Inc.
617-270-6880 781-229-0458
Michigan Trucking
Association, Inc.
517-393-2053 517-321-0884
Minnesota Trucking
Association, Inc.
612-641-7351 651-641-8995
Mississippi Trucking
Association, Inc.
601-354-0616 601-354-4371
Missouri Motor
Carriers Association, Inc.
314-634-3388 573-634-4197
Montana Motor
Carriers Association, Inc.
406-442-6600 N/A
Nebraska Motor
Carriers Association, Inc.
402-476-8504 402-476-0579
Nevada Motor Transport
Association, Inc.
702-331-6884 775-673-1700
New Hampshire Motor
Transport Association, Inc.
603-224-7337 603-225-9361
New Jersey Motor Truck
Association, Inc.
908-254-5000 732-613-1745
Mexico Trucking Association, Inc.
505-884-5575 505-884-3661
New York State Motor
Truck Association
518-464-5065 518-464-5069
North Carolina
Trucking Association, Inc.
919-834-0387 919-832-0390
North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, Inc. 701-223-2700 701-223-4324
Ohio Trucking
Association, Inc.
614-221-5375 614-221-3717
Oklahoma Associated
Motor Carriers
405-843-9488 405-843-7310
Oregon Trucking
503-289-6888 503-513-0008
Pennsylvania Motor Truck
717-761-7122 717-761-8434
Rhode Island Trucking
Association, Inc.
401-438-0410 401-729-5220
South Carolina
Trucking Association, Inc.
803-799-4306 803-254-7148
South Dakota Trucking
605-334-8871 605-334-1938
Tennessee Trucking
Association, Inc.
615-255-0558 615-777-2024
Texas Motor Transport
Association, Inc.
512-478-2541 512-474-6494
Utah Trucking Association 801-973-9370 801-973-8515
Vermont Truck and Bus Association, Inc. 802-479-1778 802-479-1395
Virginia Trucking Association, Inc. 804-355-5371 804-358-1374
Washington Trucking
(253) 838-1650 (253) 838-1793
West Virginia
Motor Association, Inc.
304-345-2800 304-345-0308
Wisconsin Motor Carriers
608-833-8200 608-833-2875
Motor Carriers Association, Inc.
307-234-1579 307-234-7082
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Changing Times for Trucking Transportation

Transportation via trucks in the United States is the primary source of goods and materials transportation means over land. This can be marked as the most interesting and revolutionary period for the trucking sector seen so far. Competition is tougher than ever, quality and services are better than ever. The benefits are equally reaped by big and small fishes in the business owing to the technology advancements and industry awareness. Truck driver employment requires a relatively higher qualification now. Regulations by the highway and other national authorities are getting harder to meet.

The business had very few competitors in the past. Now the things are changing and the trucking industry is facing increased challenges everyday. The train cargo services are expanding their network and reach. Trucking is also the obvious choice for medium to small businesses but some large chains and companies are shifting their trend toward the train cargo services due to decreased time of transportation. Innovative designs of carriages allow the shipping company to carry more loads in a single journey. However the trains have a drawback that they can never overcome, that is they need rail roads to carry goods around. So, quite simply trucks have access to some areas where trains cannot go, yet. To beat the competition the truckers have also implemented their market strategies and provide an easy and convenient option to haul available loads.

In the present tough and turbulent economic times when clients demand more loads to be transferred in less time and with cheaper price, trucking sector is experiencing some down trends. Individuals and their families associated with the business are also affected. Truck driving jobs get reduced when there is comparatively low freight and cargo to be carried.
Many reasons are behind the scene to the present day situation of the trucking section in United States. Cost of fuel in local and international market is attributed as the main cause of the problem. The uncertainty in the fuel pricing makes the business somewhat more risky than usual overall.

Truck driving jobs have become more and more demanding. Authorities and individual carrier companies of goods transportation are imposing tougher regulations and rules for their drivers. In this situation the freight forwarding companies and the freight broker wants to survive and thus their demands for load transporters are getting higher and higher every day. Even if the owner operator uses the truck load boards, the one who bids lowest gets the deal

The most important change in the truck load carrying sector is that now the loads are available online. All truckers are free to bid on their desired load. The competition in the Industry is causing lower transportation rates and also choice to truckers whenever and whatever load they want to transport.

With access to internet in their vehicles the truckers are now available to plan their route to maximize the loads. They have also increased their capacity of load per truck; this affects cost of transportation and gives truckers an edge. Some larger trucking companies have online load tracking facility for their clients. This increases confidence and reliability of the trucking company and of the sector overall.

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Life as a Truck Driver

Truck drivers are a constant presence on the Nation’s highways and interstates. They deliver everything from automobiles to canned food. Firms of all kinds rely on trucks to pick up and deliver goods because no other form of transportation can deliver goods door-to-door. Even if some goods travel most of the way by ship, train, or airplane, almost everything is carried by trucks at some point in its journey.

Before leaving the terminal or warehouse, truck drivers check the fuel level and oil in their trucks. They also inspect the trucks to make sure that the brakes, windshield wipers, and lights are working and that a fire extinguisher, flares, and other safety equipment are aboard and in working order. Drivers make sure their cargo is secure and adjust the mirrors so that both sides of the truck are visible from the driver’s seat. Drivers report equipment that is inoperable, missing, or loaded improperly to the dispatcher.

Once under way, drivers must be alert in order to prevent accidents. Drivers can see farther down the road because large trucks seat them higher off the ground than other vehicles. This allows them to see the road ahead and select lanes that are moving more smoothly as well as giving them warning of any dangerous road conditions ahead of them.

The duration of runs vary according to the types of cargo and the destinations. Local drivers may provide daily service for a specific route or region, while other drivers make longer, intercity and interstate deliveries. Interstate and intercity cargo tends to vary from job to job more than local cargo. A driver’s responsibilities and assignments change according to the type of loads transported and their vehicle’s size.

New technologies are changing the way truck drivers work, especially long-distance truck drivers. Satellites and the Global Positioning System link many trucks with their company’s headquarters. Troubleshooting information, directions, weather reports, and other important communications can be instantly relayed to the truck. Drivers can easily communicate with the dispatcher to discuss delivery schedules and courses of action in the event of mechanical problems. The satellite link also allows the dispatcher to track the truck’s location, fuel consumption, and engine performance. Some drivers also work with computerized inventory tracking equipment. It is important for the producer, warehouse, and customer to know their product’s location at all times so they can maintain a high quality of service.

Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers operate trucks or vans with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). They transport goods including cars, livestock, and other materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. Many routes are from city to city and cover long distances. Some companies use two drivers on very long runs—one drives while the other sleeps in a berth behind the cab. These “sleeper” runs can last for days, or even weeks. Trucks on sleeper runs typically stop only for fuel, food, loading, and unloading.

Some heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers who have regular runs transport freight to the same city on a regular basis. Other drivers perform ad hoc runs because shippers request varying service to different cities every day.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that drivers keep a log of their activities, the condition of the truck, and the circumstances of any accidents.

Long-distance heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers spend most of their working time behind the wheel, but also may have to load or unload their cargo. This is especially common when drivers haul specialty cargo, because they may be the only ones at the destination familiar with procedures or certified to handle the materials. Auto-transport drivers, for example, position cars on the trailers at the manufacturing plant and remove them at the dealerships. When picking up or delivering furniture, drivers of long-distance moving vans hire local workers to help them load or unload.

Light or delivery services truck drivers operate LTL cargo vans and box trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds GVW. They pick up or deliver merchandise and packages within a specific area. This may include short “turnarounds” to deliver a shipment to a nearby city, pick up another loaded truck or van, and drive it back to their home base the same day. These services may require use of electronic delivery tracking systems to track the whereabouts of the merchandise or packages. Light or delivery services truck drivers usually load or unload the merchandise at the customer’s place of business. They may have helpers if there are many deliveries to make during the day, or if the load requires heavy moving. Typically, before the driver arrives for work, material handlers load the trucks and arrange items for ease of delivery. Customers must sign receipts for goods and pay drivers the balance due on the merchandise if there is a cash-on-delivery arrangement. At the end of the day drivers turn in receipts, payments, records of deliveries made, and any reports on mechanical problems with their trucks.

Some local truck drivers have sales and customer service responsibilities. The primary responsibility of driver/sales workers, or route drivers, is to deliver and sell their firm’s products over established routes or within an established territory. They sell goods such as food products, including restaurant takeout items, or pick up and deliver items such as laundry. Their response to customer complaints and requests can make the difference between a large order and a lost customer. Route drivers may also take orders and collect payments.

The duties of driver/sales workers vary according to their industry, the policies of their employer, and the emphasis placed on their sales responsibility. Most have wholesale routes that deliver to businesses and stores, rather than to homes. For example, wholesale bakery driver/sales workers deliver and arrange bread, cakes, rolls, and other baked goods on display racks in grocery stores. They estimate how many of each item to stock by paying close attention to what is selling. They may recommend changes in a store’s order or encourage the manager to stock new bakery products. Laundries that rent linens, towels, work clothes, and other items employ driver/sales workers to visit businesses regularly to replace soiled laundry. Their duties also may include soliciting new customers along their sales route.

After completing their route, driver/sales workers place orders for their next deliveries based on product sales and customer requests.

Truck Driver Working Conditions

Truck driving has become less physically demanding because most trucks now have more comfortable seats, better ventilation, and improved, ergonomically designed cabs. Although these changes make the work environment less taxing, driving for many hours at a stretch, loading and unloading cargo, and making many deliveries can be tiring. Local truck drivers, unlike long-distance drivers, usually return home in the evening. Some self-employed long-distance truck drivers who own and operate their trucks spend most of the year away from home.

Design improvements in newer trucks have reduced stress and increased the efficiency of long-distance drivers. Many newer trucks are equipped with refrigerators, televisions, and bunks.

The U.S. Department of Transportation governs work hours and other working conditions of truck drivers engaged in interstate commerce. A long-distance driver may drive for 11 hours and work for up to 14 hours—including driving and non-driving duties—after having 10 hours off-duty. A driver may not drive after having worked for 60 hours in the past 7 days or 70 hours in the past 8 days unless they have taken at least 34 consecutive hours off-duty. Most drivers are required to document their time in a logbook. Many drivers, particularly on long runs, work close to the maximum time permitted because they typically are compensated according to the number of miles or hours they drive. Drivers on long runs face boredom, loneliness, and fatigue. Drivers often travel nights, holidays, and weekends to avoid traffic delays.

Local truck drivers frequently work 50 or more hours a week. Drivers who handle food for chain grocery stores, produce markets, or bakeries typically work long hours—starting late at night or early in the morning. Although most drivers have regular routes, some have different routes each day. Many local truck drivers, particularly driver/sales workers, load and unload their own trucks. This requires considerable lifting, carrying, and walking each day.

State and Federal regulations govern the qualifications and standards for truck drivers. All drivers must comply with Federal regulations and any State regulations that are in excess of those Federal requirements. Truck drivers must have a driver’s license issued by the State in which they live, and most employers require a clean driving record. Drivers of trucks designed to carry 26,000 pounds or more—including most tractor-trailers, as well as bigger straight trucks—must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the State in which they live. All truck drivers who operate trucks transporting hazardous materials must obtain a CDL, regardless of truck size. In order to receive the hazardous materials endorsement a driver must be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check by the Transportation Security Administration. Federal regulations governing CDL administration allow for States to exempt farmers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, some military drivers, and snow and ice removers from the need for a CDL at the State’s discretion. In many States a regular driver’s license is sufficient for driving light trucks and vans.

To qualify for a CDL an applicant must have a clean driving record, pass a written test on rules and regulations, and then demonstrate that they can operate a commercial truck safely. A national database permanently records all driving violations committed by those with a CDL. A State will check these records and deny a CDL to those who already have a license suspended or revoked in another State. Licensed drivers must accompany trainees until they get their own CDL. A person may not hold more than one license at a time and must surrender any other licenses when a CDL is issued. Information on how to apply for a CDL may be obtained from State motor vehicle administrations.

Many States allow those who are as young as 18 years old to drive trucks within their borders. To drive a commercial vehicle between States one must be 21 years of age, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which establishes minimum qualifications for truck drivers engaging in interstate commerce. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations—published by U.S. DOT—require drivers to be at least 21 years old and to pass a physical examination once every 2 years. The main physical requirements include good hearing, at least 20/40 vision with glasses or corrective lenses, and a 70-degree field of vision in each eye. Drivers may not be colorblind. Drivers must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at not less than 5 feet, with a hearing aid if needed. Drivers must have normal use of arms and legs and normal blood pressure. Drivers may not use any controlled substances, unless prescribed by a licensed physician. Persons with epilepsy or diabetes controlled by insulin are not permitted to be interstate truck drivers. Federal regulations also require employers to test their drivers for alcohol and drug use as a condition of employment, and require periodic random tests of the drivers while they are on duty. A driver must not have been convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle; a crime involving drugs; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; refusing to submit to an alcohol test required by a State or its implied consent laws or regulations; leaving the scene of a crime; or causing a fatality through negligent operation of a motor vehicle. All drivers must be able to read and speak English well enough to read road signs, prepare reports, and communicate with law enforcement officers and the public.

Many trucking operations have higher standards than those described here. Many firms require that drivers be at least 22 years old, be able to lift heavy objects, and have driven trucks for 3 to 5 years. Many prefer to hire high school graduates and require annual physical examinations. Companies have an economic incentive to hire less risky drivers, as good drivers use less fuel and cost less to insure.

Taking driver-training courses is a desirable method of preparing for truck driving jobs and for obtaining a CDL. High school courses in driver training and automotive mechanics also may be helpful. Many private and public vocational-technical schools offer tractor-trailer driver training programs. Students learn to maneuver large vehicles on crowded streets and in highway traffic. They also learn to inspect trucks and freight for compliance with regulations. Some programs provide only a limited amount of actual driving experience. Completion of a program does not guarantee a job. Those interested in attending a driving school should check with local trucking companies to make sure the school’s training is acceptable. Some States require prospective drivers to complete a training course in basic truck driving before being issued their CDL. The Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI), a nonprofit organization established by the trucking industry, manufacturers, and others, certifies driver training courses at truck driver training schools that meet industry standards and Federal Highway Administration guidelines for training tractor-trailer drivers.

Drivers must get along well with people because they often deal directly with customers. Employers seek driver/sales workers who speak well and have self-confidence, initiative, tact, and a neat appearance. Employers also look for responsible, self-motivated individuals who are able to work well with little supervision.

Training given to new drivers by employers is usually informal, and may consist of only a few hours of instruction from an experienced driver, sometimes on the new employee’s own time. New drivers may also ride with and observe experienced drivers before getting their own assignments. Drivers receive additional training to drive special types of trucks or handle hazardous materials. Some companies give 1 to 2 days of classroom instruction covering general duties, the operation and loading of a truck, company policies, and the preparation of delivery forms and company records. Driver/sales workers also receive training on the various types of products their company carries so that they can effectively answer questions about the products and more easily market them to their customers.

Although most new truck drivers are assigned to regular driving jobs immediately, some start as extra drivers—substituting for regular drivers who are ill or on vacation. Extra drivers receive a regular assignment when an opening occurs.

New drivers sometimes start on panel trucks or other small straight trucks. As they gain experience and show competent driving skills they may advance to larger, heavier trucks and finally to tractor-trailers.

The advancement of truck drivers generally is limited to driving runs that provide increased earnings, preferred schedules, or working conditions. Local truck drivers may advance to driving heavy or specialized trucks, or transfer to long-distance truck driving. Working for companies that also employ long-distance drivers is the best way to advance to these positions. Few truck drivers become dispatchers or managers.

Some long-distance truck drivers purchase trucks and go into business for themselves. Although some of these owner-operators are successful, others fail to cover expenses and go out of business. Owner-operators should have good business sense as well as truck driving experience. Courses in accounting, business, and business mathematics are helpful. Knowledge of truck mechanics can enable owner-operators to perform their own routine maintenance and minor repairs.

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Truck Driver Jobs – Importance in the Industry

Importance of Freight Brokers in Trucking Industry!

Freight in general terms is referred to as goods that need to be transported from the place of production to the place where it can be utilized as a commodity. For freight shipment various modes of transport can be availed depending on the requirements. Airlines, ships and trucks are the three main modes that are used globally for shipping of goods. These days intermodal freight transport has gained its importance when the cargo safety is of utmost importance. Freight brokers helps create new owner operator jobs when any such requirements arise.

Now the question is how the manufacturers or producer companies can avail an efficient freight transport system to distribute their goods safely and on time? Here comes the role played by Freight Brokers. Freight broker acts as a link between the companies or individuals that need shipping service and the truckers and owner operators that provide shipping service. The shipment price is decided keeping in mind the rate which is beneficial to all the three parties involved for the goods shipped. By paying a little commission to the broker the shipper can get the required reliable shipping service without putting in efforts to find one themselves. Some companies hire fright broker to take care of the complete shipment procedures of theirs.

Freight brokers avail the services of efficient load boards. They can track all the trucking industry information and updates from the load boards. They would come know of any available loads or if any company is in need of the broker service. Simple bidding by a few clicks of your mouse button and the job will be yours. The broker in turn will contact the shipper and the trucker to accomplish the task. This is both economical and reliable for both parties. With the professional service by the broker the shipper can track the real time location of the shipped goods whereas the carrier companies and individual trucker can get the quick payments for the goods delivered by them with fright brokers in between to smoothen up the process.

The expert service of freight brokers are really important when the goods to be delivered require special shipment process, such as LTL hauls, long hauls. In case of the goods being hazardous they wood require exceptional freight transfer techniques. As the brokers know the trucking industry inside out they can provide with such special services efficiently.

Many of the freight brokers are the ones who themselves have worked with some trucking companies. They have gained the technical skills and experience and now use their knowledge in a more rewarding job of the fright broker. There are many freight broking programs running across the world which can make you a professional freight broker in the trucking industry.

Thus we see the freight brokers are playing a vital role in trucking industry. They provide fast and efficient trucking solutions to the shipper and provide with valuable jobs to the shipping company. They widely use their personal contacts to keep climbing the success ladder in the industry. For information on How to start the freight broker business check out other posts by us.

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Load Boards – How To Use Them ?

How Does This load board Help Me If I am a Truck Driver or Owner Operator?

If you are Truck Driver or Owner Operator you are going to use this load board to find available truck loads in your local area or to move truck loads from state to state.  load board Once You have found a truck load that matches your trailer type, simply contact the shipper of that load with the contact information the shipper left when the shipper placed the truck load. Find Freight Loads is not the Shipping Company, we are a freight matching service the utilizes our load board to match freight between you the truck drivers and the shippers placing the available truck loads. Click Here If You Are Looking for Local Trucking Companies. We Have over 30,000 Trucking Comapies Nationwide in our database. OnlyRegistered Members can view contact information for an available truck load.

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Trucking Software Advantages!

With the growth and expansion of trucking and freight industry, the processes involved for its management have also become very complicated. The truck owners and drivers have to do many calculations and reporting manually. They need to maintain a log book in which regular entries are updated from time to time. All the correspondence between the consignor and others involved is also the main responsibility of the trucking industry management. Calculation of fuel expenses and taxes can also become cumbersome during long journeys. All these activities require a lot of time and accuracy. Since, they are done by human there are more chances of mistakes in the accounts and billing. Such mistakes will adversely affect the profit and loss of the business in the long run.
With the technological advancements and the need of the hour the trucking software has been introduced to take care of the complications arising from such time consuming and manual processes. Trucking software and different applications are now available for the freight brokers and trucking industry to automatically deal with business requirements. Such software requires initial setup and cost to make the software functional. However the trucking software acts as a major tool in cost cutting of the business. Accountants and documents controller which were earlier needed to do the tasks manually will now be done by the software. Not only is the cost cutting due to the reduced manpower but also because the overall functionality of the business increases many times. Now the same business will need less space as all the work will be done in an automated way.
The high cost of introducing the software can now be tackled with the use of web based trucking software. These web based trucking software has been developed to cut down the cost required for hardware setup. With this new move now the trucking industry can reap the fruits of the software without much input. The Fuel tax software now helps the trucking business to file their tax returns in an easy way. Trucking software is equally helpful to the driver as it is to the freight brokers. With the efficient use of the software there will not be any delay and loopholes. This software is especially designed for handling such types of issues. Dispatching of loads and generating invoices and reporting can now be easily maintained with the use of this software.
The freight brokers will be able to use the trucking software, which will help in making clear the directions for the success. This software will bring awareness in the freight companies to take part in all the activities competitively and make a complete sound system for their logistics service. This is very necessary because international markets are expanding day by day and the circle of trade has been increased. There are now many and excellent opportunities for finding your bearings by proving your logistic system all over the world. The trucking software is bringing new and great changes in the system and there are now more opportunities than ever before.

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Owner Operator Jobs and Its Impact on the Economy!

The trucking system has been playing an obvious and vital role in the economies of the countries because it is the most important mode of transport of goods in any country. The nation’s progress and trucking system go hand in hand as the profitable trucking system generates high revenues for the country. An efficient owner operator would be able to cater to the requirements of the country both in the case of material delivery and monetary benefits. For any economy to flourish supply chain plays the major role. And if the supply chain is strong and available at the right time then it will prove as a great asset for the country to survive and progress in this competitive world. Trucking system is directly and indirectly affecting the economy of every country at a much deeper level. “The logistic of any country can suggest the future progress of any country”. stright truck freight is the most popular mode of transferring goods from one place to another.

Therefore, it is expanding enormously in every developing and the developed country. With the growing trucking industry there are ample of jobs generated within the country everyday. People looking out for the jobs of drivers, helpers, cleaners and loaders can be easily adopted by this advancing industry. Such large scale job opportunities generated will help share the load of the country fighting against unemployment. Increased employment in turn will surely enhance the economy of any country. A normal truck transport service may require a bundle of other industry and services to come together to accomplish the final task of freight transfer. Packaging company will do the packaging of goods to be transferred. Loading people will load the truck. Driver will drive the vehicle to the required destination. Mechanics and engineers will take out the fault if any occurs on the road. Petrol stations will fill and earn from the fuel needed to drive the truck.

Thus we see how many individuals and companies are benefited from the single task of freight transportation. The demand and supply chain of trucking industry will widely affect the demand and supply chain of other industries related to it. But to maintain an effective transport system in the country, the government of the country has to actively participate to improvise the trucking industry. This can be achieved by developing good road networks and safety regulations on the road. This step will make the trucking industry deliver more timely and profitable business for themselves and the country as a whole.

However to maintain such a system the country requires fund which are raised in the form of income taxes, sales taxes, Fuels taxes etc. Other way to generate funds can be toll taxes and fares taken from the ones who use the road networks. Thus we see that at every step country’s economy and the trucking industry are very much dependent on each other. If one flourishes it will make the other one strong too.


Is Truck Leasing Venture Feasible for Enterprising Truck Drivers?

For many drivers, working for a company may not be enough, and they always keep thinking of going ahead with a freight business of their own. However, these want-to-become owner-operators get discouraged when the face the reality about their financial potential. Giving recognition to such demands, many trucking companies have incorporated lease options, lease purchase and drive to own options for drivers who are not in a situation to fulfill their dreams through conventional financing modes.

The question arising here is whether leasing a truck would be able to bring you financial gain? The answer to this question mainly depends on your own conditions and the perspective you look from.

From the perspective of the truck driver, leasing a truck is the perfect option for them when they are not able to pay a hefty down payment and related start-up costs. Most carriers have come out with leasing opportunities for enterprising drivers, and thousands of drivers have been attracted by such offers.  Although the terms vary from one carrier to another, but most of them claim benefits for drivers in a number ways, including low deposits, low down payments, sometimes there are no down payments, no long-term contracts, pride of ownership, chance to drive higher specifications equipment, incentives on completion of lease and convenient credit standards. This allows lease operators to enjoy the taste of ownership without involving high financial risks. Most of the carriers market their leases as ‘walk-away’ leases, which mean that drivers can walk out of the lease in case the set-up does not work for some reason.

Some of the drivers have experienced truck leasing as a financial loss. Contrary to their expectations of fulfilling their dreams, these drivers have come to experience limitations and malpractices on the part of carriers, like low mileage, baseless deductions and complicated lease contracts drafted to benefit the carriers. Sometimes, the carriers tend turn the advantage of truck leasing completely in their favor. In such cases the drivers end up owing more to the carriers than they have been able to earn from their driving. Some of the main complaints recorded by drivers about their leasing carriers include large payments, over-charging for fuel taxes, inflated insurance fees, huge deposits, repair accounts and carrier-dictated repairs with rates decided by the carrier.

In addition to these complaints, drivers also charge that the method to clear repair and tire reimbursements is mostly not mentioned in the lease agreement, and sometimes the carriers make it almost impossible for the drivers to get these funds by fixing very high limits for minimum expenses.

And to aggravate the scene further, many carriers who promise a ‘walk-away’ lease, fail to release the funds collected from the drivers for deposits or repairs, in case the driver wants to leave the contract for any reason. Such experiences have led to the drivers questioning whether truck leasing opportunities are real opportunities or simply an easy way to a more complicated financial disaster.

Even though there have been instances that prove that leasing a truck may be a big gamble for drivers, but another side of the same story reports that there are numerous truck drivers who have turned their logistics business into a profitable enterprise. Therefore the drivers are primarily left with their own conscience to get to their personal conclusion.