Ask Wayne: How Much Hand Unloading Do You Do?

Wayne Cragg was a driver for USA Truck during 2012-2013.  Below are his thoughts and experiences driving for the company during that time.  The views and opinions expressed below are his and not representative of those of Driver Solutions.  

In April of 2015, Driver Solutions and USA Truck mutually agreed to dissolve their partnership.  Driver Solutions remains committed to helping new drivers find the best truck driving job and CDL training opportunities available.  Learn more about our company-sponsored CDL training program here.

Donald Rouselle from Driver Solutions Facebook page asks:  How much hand unloading (fingerprinting) do you do? Are you expected to do that with every load?


Hi Donald and thank you for your question!

It truly depends on the company you work for as to how much unloading you do. Some companies will hire lumpers to unload the truck for you, meaning you don't have to. But if they don't hire lumpers, you will have to unload the truck. You should check with your trucking company on this before you commit to their program. That way you can make an informed decision and you're not surprised if you are unloading a truck at some point.

Now, with that being said, I have no idea why there are lumpers to begin with. You are bringing a load to them from another company, then they want to charge you to unload it?? Maybe I'm crazy, but that doesn't make any sense to me.

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