Commercial driving is a growing sector of business, but truck drivers face higher testing and requirements than any traditional driver. A modern start-up commercial driving business must decide whether it wants to sub-contract or whether it should be privately owned and operated. Potential drivers need to know a lot to meet modern requirements because being an eligible worker requires extensive medicals, a clear driving record, and CDL clearance.
Commercial Driving Is A Growing Business
Modern commercial driving businesses fall under two different forms; subcontractor businesses, and privately owned businesses. Subcontractors take contracts, then hire drivers to fulfill those contracts. The drivers are independently certified and offer the business their equipment and services. The more common start-up in commercial driving is a private business, in which you own the trucks, equipment, and contracts, and hire drivers as regular employees instead.
Commercial Drivers Licenses Are Difficult To Earn
Being a commercial driver also requires additional licensing exams depending on the size and complexity of the vehicle. As of this writing, commercial vehicles fall into Class A, Class B, and Class C categories. Class C, for example, is for sixteen passenger vehicles or commercial drivers transporting hazardous materials. CDLs for Class B vehicles are often for buses or vehicles over twenty-six thousand pounds, and traditional trailers fall into Class A vehicles.
Testing for CDLs, or commercial drivers licenses, can be far more taxing than some people expect as well. CDLs are often taken away for even minor driving offenses, but any interpersonal car crashes can see them immediately removed. A drive also has to meet a degree of medical clearance not required for personal vehicle ownership, and testing can sometimes last weeks in certain locations.
Tolls Have Divided Government And Drivers
In the United States, the largest source of revenue for roads and highway maintenance is the tolling of commercial driver vehicles. Since 2010 the number of toll stations across the country has doubled, but many primarily target tractor trailers or other high-weight commercial vehicles. In most states, stopping at every weighing station on a highway is a legal obligation of commercial drivers, which has led commercial drivers to fight back by creating vast road maps to avoid tolls.
The value of commercial driving as a business has only risen in recent years, and it continues to be one of the most consistent businesses in the United States and other countries. But being a commercial driver requires extensive medical exams and licensing tests that take weeks, to the point many testees live in nearby dormitory housing. This can cause many drivers to want to own their own truck and business, and dubiously avoid tolling stations wherever they can.