Truck Drivers – Skilled or Unskilled Labor

There is close to 70,000 people employed through various govt departments to ensure the safety of the road, sky, railroad, and water.

Of course I am going to talk about the trucking part of it. There are about 4 million truck drivers on the roads today. Truckers are all federally mandated on what they can and cannot do, on just about everything involved with driving a truck.

Truck drivers are regulated on how many hours they can drive per day, work per day, sleep per day. Drivers are also subject to drug test at any time any law enforcement ask, or their employer can ask as too, and drivers must comply.

Skilled Labor – is a measure of a worker’s expertise, specialization, wages, and supervisory capacity. Skilled workers are generally more trained, higher paid, and have more responsibilities.

Unskilled Labor – work that requires practically no training or experience for its adequate or competent performance.

Based upon the two definitions I provided to you which do you – the non trucking people – consider to be a truck driver?

Most people who are not in the trucking industry, have no clue what it is to be a trucker. A lot of people have this crazy idea that all truck drivers do are sit and drive – wrong. It takes a whole lot of skill to maneuver a 40 ton vehicle into tight alley ways that most business’s require trucks to back into so that the trucks can either load or unload. A large pick-up or SUV is about 16 feet in length, a tractor trailer is 75 feet in length, and bends in the middle. Could you back it up without any training?

A person wanting to learn to drive a truck must go through some type of schooling usually in order to get a CDL license. This is usually just a three week course, and ALL it does is help you get a CDL license. Truck drivers are constantly learning even veterans that have been on the road – don’t know it all. If a truck driver says he or she has learned everything about trucking, then they are lying.

Medical doctors go to school and have training for years before they are considered a doctor. They are trained to save lives when possible. There are approximately 700,000 doctors in the US, but 125,000 patients “accidentally” die each year. But yet the government doesn’t regulate how long they work. Doctors are not regulated upon how many hours they have to sleep before another shift starts.

There are approximately 4 million truck drivers on the road, but only 41,000 to 45,000 traffic deaths occur each year within the US. Walkers and bikers account for 15% of the total traffic deaths each year. Fewer than 9% of those deaths involve commercial vehicles.

More than 80% of those accidents are the fault of the non-commercial driver. Of the death related accidents only 4% of the trucks are fatigue related. Drinking related accounted for .06% of those accidents. Those numbers continue to fall – as far as what truck drivers cause – in the number of traffic deaths.

But yet the government feels that they MUST regulate how long a driver is on-duty driving each day, and how much that driver must SLEEP before returning to the duty of driving. The department of labor classifies truck driving as unskilled labor. This needs to be changed to very skilled labor in my book, according to the figures between doctors and drivers i.e; to how many people die per year because of each job.

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2 Responses to Truck Drivers – Skilled or Unskilled Labor

  1. John says:

    Good article. My dad has been a truck driver for the past 30 years. Most people do not realize how much work it really is. And its bad how many people group all truck drivers as a whole, based on the actions of a few that shouldn’t be driving anyways.

    • Tyler says:

      You are right. My dads been driving trucks since I was born. I know for a fact that roads are seriously dangerous. Moving that 40 ton truck into small streets is nerve racking. It takes a lot of skill to do this. Most truck drivers have families and are trying to provide for them. All that and they are classified unskilled. If you took the people from Congress and put them in a truck for one month. I bet that the next month a whole lot of jobs will be classified as skilled. Especially truck drivers.

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