Truckers Deserve more money

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Kingty9183, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. Kingty9183

    Kingty9183 Light Load Member

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    So I have just started the driving portion of my training this past weekend after driving the truck around the yard and practicing straight back maneuvers I have to give my season veterans credit. It is much more difficult than what it looks driving an 80,000 lb vehicle and anybody with a classic a driver's license especially my over the road guys deserve a medal of honor as well as a huge pay raise. I say we all start a petition no over-the-road truck driver bring home less than $5,000 a week. Considering what we do I would say that's the low end of the scale.

    By the way I take my test around May 6th wish me luck
     
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  3. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Assume all ownership costs and responsibilities, buy a truck and trailer, book your own freight, and you'll bring home 5k per week, no problem. Otherwise what you're saying is a company door slammer should make the same amount as a brain surgeon.
     
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  4. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Medium Load Member

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    $5k per week would be a quick way to end the “driver shortage” in one hell of a hurry.
     
  5. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

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    Yup, may for maintenance, tolls, fuel, IFTA, permits, insurance, registration, breakdown, etc... it's where the big money is. Oh, and those days where things go wrong so you're sitting and waiting, those are just losses, not company paid layover.
     
  6. Coal Region Deplorable

    Coal Region Deplorable Light Load Member

    Yeah but in the real world you're competing with guys from third world countries to pay their drivers $500 a week in cash and the driver happy you have to be back in the old country starving to death in living in a mud hut

    Any attempt to organize truck drivers has failed since he broke the teamsters Union in the late 70s with deregulation
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Which company are you going with after graduation?
     
  8. pavrom

    pavrom Road Train Member

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    With the one that pays $5k a week !
     
  9. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

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    Uhoh. Just wait til he realizes that driving is the easy part.
     
  10. Coal Region Deplorable

    Coal Region Deplorable Light Load Member

    I can remember some days in the past well maybe for in the past running dump trucks when driving was the only part. We didn't even know what a log book was
     
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  11. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Yeah, but the brain surgeon shortage will go through the roof.
     
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