10/31/2012 11:13:00 AMCoral Beach
Just to clarify on the age for CDL drivers. I got my CDL Class A the day I turned 18, allowing me to drive strictly Intrastate (inside of CA). The law states you must be 21 years or older to drive interstate (outside of CA).
Thanks, Colby. As the writer mentioned, I did say that states are beginning to lower the age at which an individual can get a CDL. At present, 26 states make that allowance, and more are considering it. The challenge, as you mentioned, is that you can only work intrastate. So much of the volume that produce shippers move goes across several states. The industry would really be well served by having drivers get interstate driving privileges at 18 or 19.
I have been a Landstar Agent for 12 years now and when I first got into this line of work I refused to work with Produce companies. The reasons were many but as I got older and wiser I hooked up with Freshpoint of Jacksonville FL and we used drayage companies to haul there produce between facilities on there trailers. This was great for all parties, lower costs for FP and regular freight for the carrier and a regular schedule for me to keep.You hit the nail on the head when you said that the shipper and reciever needs to speed up the loading and unloading times. They just don't care about the fact that a driver has another load to pickup and in this day and age time is money... I would love to do more work for produce companies but the drivers don't want to haul it unless they get 3 to 4 bucks a mile. They have to cover their costs and then some inorder to feel good about taking a produce load. Being a broker for Landstar has been great but when it comes to a load that is perishable I start loosing sleep over it. Its like my wife Happy wife Happy home... A happy driver makes for a job well done. Knowing that if we were all to get on the same page I think there would be a huge increase in all areas of the hauling produce. Doug with the two of us being so close I would like to sit down and talk sometime. Steve Fay
Steve, that would be great. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings; "to allow drivers to watch loading" you say..... Who is legally responsible as to how the truck is loaded? Check your federal DOT drivers rule book for the answer. Paul O. Haller 828-216-2224