CDL Class B Truck Driver Jobs
Having a Class B Commercial Driver’s License allows people to drive single commercial vehicles that weigh more than 26,001 pounds and to drive vehicles with a towed weight of no more than 10,000 pounds. These vehicles are often referred to as light duty trucks.
Straight Truck Delivery
Class B CDL holders can work as straight truck delivery drivers. On straight trucks, all axles are attached to a single frame, unlike semi-truck or tractor-trailer combinations. Class B delivery truck drivers typically make local deliveries allowing them to be home nightly.
Long Haul CDL Class B
For those looking to stay on the road for extended periods of time, there are long-haul CDL Class B jobs available. Chartered or tour bus driving are two possibilities that keep a CDL B driver behind the wheel longer and with changing scenery.
Straight Dump/Tanker Trucks
Other CDL Class B jobs may include operating straight dump trucks for landscaping and construction firms, moving sand, gravel, asphalt or mulch. Others will go on to drive small tank trucks such as airport refuelers or milk transport, or food service trucks like ice cream or construction site catering trucks.
The main responsibility associated with Class B driving jobs is picking up freight at one location and moving it to another. Drivers may also load and unload cargo, fill out paperwork, use electronic delivery tracking systems and communicate with dispatchers about changes to the schedule or route.
Light truck drivers may have sales or customer service duties. They generally work a 40-hour week, although some CDL Class B jobs require drivers to work more than 50 hours. Schedules include early mornings or late nights, especially when driving a grocery goods truck.
Job opportunities for light delivery truck drivers are expected to grow by 5% between 2012-2022. This growth can be attributed to an expanding economy and the increasing need for goods as a result of this. As of 2014, light delivery truck drivers who worked for general freight trucking companies earned average annual salaries of $38,050.