How come trucking companies won't hire inexperience driver for local trucking?

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  1. El_turco_12

    El_turco_12 Bobtail Member

    Apr 8, 2021
    I have no experience driving truck and trailer, just recently graduated from trucking school, I've been looking for a local trucking job but they want one year experience drivers, if local trucking the pays the lowest and regional and long haul pays the highest? How come companies won't hire inexperience drivers??
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  3. skipgears

    skipgears Light Load Member

    Aug 8, 2020
    Because you don't know jack from jack and #### from ####. When it comes to local work you need to be well versed in maneuvering an oversized vehicle in city traffic; which is not easy, I assure you. This is why they typically insist on tossing you out on long-haul, so so you can begin to learn to manage traffic. This is what most noobs don't understand, is that trucking isn't about YOU, it's about your ability to confront and manage traffic around you. The fact that you can handle and back-in a semi into a dock has very little to do with your ability to manage ####### #### #### drivers who sit on the phones checking their facebooks in the middle of a left turn. There are also monkeys in 4-wheels masturbating behind the wheel, or reading kindle, or who knows what else. Your duty as a professional operator is to mitigate those hazards and dangers. And as so, trucking schools don't teach any of it. So when you have your brand new shiny license it means nothing to most people without appropriate amount of experience behind the wheel.
  4. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Get a off road trucking job. After that everything else is easy.
  5. Russell The Trucker

    Russell The Trucker Bobtail Member

    Jul 14, 2021
    Try blind side 90 degree back into a tight hole from the busy street with a pole in your way in one shot before applying for local jobs. Ministry road test standards are way too low for local deliveries.

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  6. BigHossVolvo

    BigHossVolvo Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta
    Pretty simple, Highway work of any kind sucks so bad, anyone who has driven for a year or more; wants to go local. To keep the constant flow of warm bodies, flying into the OTR meat grinder, companies say you need 1-3 years OTR exp to go local.

    OTR/Regional By the mile, only pays more on paper.

    That's it, that's all.

    When I was at Bison, I wanted Local after a year, and they said no. A guy in the wash bay got his class 1, and got a day cab after a week with a city trainer. I still see him driving daycab to this day (our yard is close to Bison). Why did he get a daycab job day 1? while thousands of us, had to suffer and all eventually Quit OTR? Because he put 2K cash into an envelope, and left it in his trainers day cab.
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  7. skipgears

    skipgears Light Load Member

    Aug 8, 2020
    Well, I mean, they could be good friends, or butt-buddies, or they're both in the same after-school gang, too many factors to assert. But typically immigrants get sent out on OTR, and anyone new in town who's got no connections, and of course noobs with shiny new license.

    OTR sucks but Bison pays $19/hr for city work here, it's a joke, you should see the monkeys that drive for them. Even papa Punjabi pays $22 low ball. But Bison really rapes them, I think those are Manitoba rates? Similar to JR-Hall paying Ontario rates in BC, which I found hilarious considering the cost of living.

    Everything out West is a disaster, stay away from here anyone reading this, fair warning. Unless you got cash, we got the drugs and ho's.
  8. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    Use to be nobody would let you drive on the highway unless you first did two years city or straight truck.
    If you had a crash in the city it was generally at much slower speeds and cheaper to fix.
  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    I can sum it up with one word: insurance. The insurance providers set the requirements for these companies. Inexperienced drivers are deemed higher risk, and there is a learning curve. That's why OTR rookies most of the time won't make much right out of the gate. Local jobs will never have trouble getting filled so it would be logical for companies to check out the experienced pool first. There are guys that have always been local from jump, but its overwhelmingly that rookies will have to go OTR for a bit, to sort of pad the resume so to speak.
  10. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    West Monroe, La
    At the end of the day, all of the answers above are true. However, the first reason that companies wont hire new drivers is, insurance companies wont cover drivers with less than one year experience. Without being covered, you aint going to get a job.
    Most of the OTR companies that hire & train new drivers are self insured. They dont have to rely on secondary insurance companies laying out the rules.

    If you want to drive a big truck, you're at the mercy of the rules. Bite the bullet, go to work with a mega, get one year experience, then look for local work. Otherwise, if that's not an option for you, start getting more training............... in another field.
  11. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    I realize this is a Canadian section, but....

    Ya know, I never understood the whole notion of doing 1 or 2 years OTR the land a local job thought process.

    To me it seems it's something the mega carriers are paying the schools to preach in order to fill seats with their crap paying wages.

    And it's stupid. Let's say I'm an 18 year old fresh outta high school. I wanna be a local driver, enjoying my nights and weekends. Maybe I'd have a smoking hot girlfriend I'd like to spend lots of time with... But NO. I'm supposed to wait till I'm 21 and then I'm supposed to give that all up to go OTR for some cheap ### carrier that gives two ####s about getting me home so I may have something of a life. And then after a year of being a good lad, they give me a nice pay raise. But then cut the miles I run so I really didn't get that raise anyway. Now i still am staying in the truck just as much for even less money.

    So why would ANY 18 year old with half a brain cell wanna do this? The whole model is stupid. And it's exactly why we see what we see nowadays. Office people tired of their cubicle coming out and going OTR, people out of work in their career of choice coming in with no other options. Immigrants just looking for something to feed their families.

    You're literally seeing the bottom of the work gene pool filling these jobs. And it's stupid. Yeah, the crap still gets moved. And the stupid model works.

    But wouldn't we be better off changing the model so if an 18 year old high schooler wants a career in driving, he or she can pursue it right out of school? Why make them wait? You'd have drivers that WANT to be out there.
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