A Young Person’s Guide to Transportation Jobs Part 6

A Young Person’s Guide to Transportation Jobs Part 6

9/28/2014 Umut Türker 2790 Times Read

In all regions of the world, you will have to know the local regulations regarding working hours--when and how much you should work. In India, truck or lorry drivers can drive only at night, when there is less traffic. Most places have regulations regarding the amount of driving. Even with such regulations and training in place, there always seems to be news reports of drivers falling asleep while driving and causing accidents, or being so exhausted from driving that their driving skills are impaired. Such regulations are there for a reason.


There are also regulations regarding licenses. In the United States, you have to have a commercial (not just a standard) drivers license. In Australia, there are five different types of licenses for various types of trucks. In the European Union, there is an even greater variety and specialization.


There are also (and especially in the United States) regulations regarding the size, weight and routes that apply to the truck and to the driving of it.


Being a truck driver is not necessarily a healthy profession. According to a study commissioned in 2007 by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association an astounding 86% of truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese. This is due to the obvious qualities of poor eating habits (most eat and drive--or even eating while driving--allowing improper digestion), lack of healthy food and exercise, long working hours and a lack of access to health care.


There are a variety of payment methods. Some truck drivers are on a fixed salary or may be hourly employees. The most common methods, however, are being paid by the mile or being paid by the load (the preferred method of payment for many drivers).