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The Truck Driver's Moving Day Responsibilities

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The person driving the moving truck on your moving day has many responsibilities. Of course, their main duty is to transport your goods from place to place. Beyond this though, they must also maintain contact with the dispatcher, oversee the moving crew, and be a resource for any questions or concerns you may have during the move. The following is a list of the truck driver’s main moving day responsibilities:
  1. The typical moving day for the truck driver begins as he or she prepares the contract, or bill of lading.
  2. The driver will also ensure the moving crew is ready and in proper uniform.
  3. It is the driver's responsibility to introduce the movers to the customers.
  4. Additionally, he or she will delegate tasks to the movers as well as oversee their work.
  5. Throughout the day, the driver will be in contact with the dispatcher, informing him or her of the estimated time for each stage of the move.
  6. The driver must also inspect the truck to ensure it has proper levels of gas, water, and oil and that the truck is in good condition to perform the move.
  7. Most importantly, the truck driver is the main point of contact for answering your questions about the move. As he or she is usually the most experienced of the whole moving crew, the truck driver should be able to address most of your concerns.
  8. Once all of your goods have been driven to your new home and unloaded, the truck driver will again go over all contracts, such as the inventory list and the bill of lading. After signing these documents, the truck driver will accept your payment, as agreed upon in the bill of lading.
  9. The truck driver's responsibilities don't end here though. He or she will still have to call the dispatcher to let them know the move is complete. The truck driver will then have to return the truck and any other equipment to the dispatcher.
  10. Aside from all of the on-the-job responsibilities, the truck driver is also accountable for holding the proper licenses, permits, and qualifications. First of all, he or she must have prior moving and/or supervising experience. The driver must also have a special permit from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as well as a commercial driver's license.

Did you know?
All drivers of commercial motor vehicles (moving trucks included) must pass various knowledge and skills tests before they are issued a commercial driver's license.

As you can see, the truck driver has to handle a lot of responsibilities on your moving day. All of his or her duties are designed to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. As most moving truck drivers are well experienced in moving and must have the proper licenses, your goods are likely to be handled in a safe and professional manner.

  Posted by Robert Moreschi on August 27, 2009

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