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Trucking companies consider conversion to natural gas

With cost of diesel fuel hovering near $4 a gallon, and natural gas at around $3 per gallon, several northern Nevada trucking firms are taking a closer look at the lower-cost fuel alternative.

Brad Meyer, president of NevCal Trucking in Sparks, says within the next decade it could be common to find regional transportation companies that have entire fleets powered by natural gas. The benefit, he says, is that companies can hedge against the volatility of diesel fuel prices.

But the infrastructure to deliver natural gas isn’t as widespread as diesel fueling stations, and that fact alone currently prohibits long-haul truckers from using natural gas, trucking industry experts say.

As diesel fuel prices edged north of $3.50 a gallon, trucking firms added fuel surcharges to their invoices to offset the rising costs of fuel. Customers by and large accepted fuel surcharges as the cost of doing business, Meyer says. The real concern is the volatility in diesel fuel prices that affects revenue and budgeting.

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New Jersey bill reclassifies independent truckers

semi_truckFollowing passage by New Jersey’s General Assembly and its State Senate, an “employee misclassification” bill that would reclassify both drayage-truck operators [port truckers] and parcel-delivery truckers as employees– not independent contractors– is headed to the Governor’s desk.

Dubbed the “Truck Operator Independent Contractor Act” (A1578/S1450), the bill wasbacked by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and other pro-labor groups and passed along party lines, with most Democrats supporting it and most Republicans opposing.

Gov. Chris Christie (R), who is notably pro-business, has not publicly indicated that he will veto the measure.

As pointed out by the Owner Operator Independent Driver Assn. (OOIDA), which opposed the bill early on,  “Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) wrote in a statement attached to the bill that the proposed rule ‘creates a presumption that a work arrangement in the drayage trucking or parcel delivery trucking industry is an employer-employee relationship unless the party receiving the services can overcome the legal presumption of employment.’” OOIDA also noted that the measure includes “stiff penalties for employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors” and that “offenders would face criminal penalties.”

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Using is easy: visitors simply click on their state on a map in order to see how many truck driving companies are currently hiring in that state. Most states have several dozen companies currently hiring truckers, although larger states tend to have well over 100 different trucking companies looking for employees.

After looking for truck driver job postings in specific states, drivers may want to learn more about the recruiting process.

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OTR Class A Truck Driver Job in Houston, TX

Position Summary: Penske Logistics is looking for qualified CDL A truck drivers to become part of an excellent team. This is a great opportunity to continue your career with one of the nation’s largest logistics companies.

NOTE: This is a touch freight position. Route/Activity – Drivers are responsible for delivering medical supplies to hospitals and medical centers in and around the Rio Grande Valley. Drivers are responsible for unloading using a pallet jack. Perform other driving duties and special assignments as directed by Operations Supervisor and Manager. Shift – This is a 1st shift position. Days are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday with a 12 midnight dispatch. This is an OTR route delivering to the Rio Grande Valley. Equipment – 53′ Dry Vans with liftgate Compensation – Hourly Benefits – Penske values the well-being of our employees and their families. That’s why we offer competitive wages and a wide range of benefits, including medical and dental insurance, 401K and pension plans, flexible dependent care and medical spending accounts, spouse and child life insurance, employee referral bonus, and discounts with Penske partners.

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Originally posted 2013-06-04 14:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter