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Originally posted by NwestJagsfan
Well damn. I'm almost shocked by the support in this thread. I'll admit, I've had the mindset that most people who don't know a trucker are idiots. I'd have to say, that after the last few months, my mindset is changing, especially when someone walks up to me and says they support truckers and all the # we put up with.
The Redneck, statement on the issue with getting a cdl, here's the scoop. The only real big change is that you will now be required to take a CDL course at your local college. Here in Wa State, it's a 6 week course.
Guys in the 80's were making as much money as I make now. When I had a company job, I pulled in an average of 50 k, but it doesn't go far anymore. A guy I worked with, he used to drive truck in the late 70's through late 80's, and he made 50k a year, and was considered wealthy. Fuel, food, and taxes have all went up, while the pay has stayed pretty much the same. Somethings wrong.
Originally posted by TheRedneck
Unless they've changed it, that's only part of the drill. Last report I heard was that new CDLs would be good for Intrastate purposes for three years. If after that, the holder had no tickets/accidents, they would be allowed to upgrade to an Interstate license. Present CDL holders would be grandfathered in. Has this changed?
Originally posted by 16grit
This last week I was just laid off from my job at a freight truck repair shop. We usually serviced corporate freight liners like FedEx and USF Holland, but we aslo fixed up trucks from the coal terminal and ship yards. It was rare that we fixed an "independent" truck. The price-gouging of diesel isn't only hurting the independents; most of the corporates we worked are cutting back their fleets, meaning less less trucks to repair.
When the truckers have to cut corners, repair shops must do the same.
When repair shops start hurting, so do the parts suppliers.
If parts suppliers lose business, I imagine the manufacturers shall, also.
I lost my job because the shop was no longer profitable and I was the most junior technician. I can't imagine what sort of ripple effects are being felt in agriculture.