There are companies, many companies, that believe it is just fine to have a student do team loads with their trainer. This means that the student drives while the trainer sleeps. How is this a good thing? It isn't. These same companies do not believe the student is competent enough to drive the truck by themselves. This type of "training" only enriches the pockets of everyone except the student. The company makes money on higher rates for team loads and the trainer generally gets paid for all of the miles the truck drives. The student, who is not being trained at all, is given the crumbs of what is left over. Used and abused with low pay, many of these new drivers leave the industry entirely. Then, these same companies complain to the government of a driver shortage. The only shortage is a shortage of good companies. In any other case if a teacher handed out work and then went to sleep in the back of the class they would be fired. Why is it accepted in trucking? New drivers don't know any different and it is not their job to change the industry. It is our job, those of us that have experience, to help the industry get better. Spread the word and let us help get regulations to mandate trainers be up in the passenger seat and logging on-duty any time a student is driving.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.