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Month: March 2016

Oil tanker trucks carrying illegal oil to Turkey destroyed by Russian warplanes

Twenty tanker trucks that were carrying illegal oil to Turkey were destroyed by Russian warplanes in the Syrian province of Idlib, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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The news comes after six illegal oil facilities controlled by terrorists in two Syrian provinces were also destroyed, the ministry reports.

The Russian Aerospace Forces’ group has carried out direct strikes in the Syrian Arab Republic, which has also resulted in the demolition of a tank and three terrain vehicles, all equipped with heavy machine guns.

Sputnik News, Dec. 2015

What is the average fuel tank driver paid?

A fuel tanker driver works on the road, transporting fuel from one designated pick-up point to another location.

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Fuel tank drivers can work for one specific company, or act as an independent contractor who works with multiple customers.

Drivers are often responsible for loading and unloading the fuel tankers, labeling materials and keeping a proper record, all while adhering to safety guidelines.

As a fuel tank driver, it’s essential to have experience with valves, pumps and wrenches, all tools needed to unload and load tankers.

To become a fuel tanker driver, one is required to have a Class A commercial driver’s license, proper hazmat and tanker training.

Fuel tanker drivers are often paid anywhere from $14.80 to $24.26 per hour. A fuel tanker driver’s total pay can be anywhere from $33, 019 to $71, 362.

Your guide to operating a tanker truck safely in the winter season

Transcourt: Oakville, Ontario – The skills it takes to maneuver a tanker truck driver are often put to the test when the winter season arrives.

Truck winter Driving

The next time there is a snowstorm that leaves the streets covered in snow and nice, keep these safety tips in mind:

  1. Anticipate problem and react appropriately;
  2. Be proactive in order to prevent accidents;
  3. Reduce your speed;
  4. Don’t follow other vehicles closely;
  5. Inspect your truck and trailer to ensure it’s in good operating condition before starting a trip;
  6. Utilize truck lights if visibility is reduced;
  7. Avoid excessive braking;
  8. Contact your driver manager if the weather conditions interfere with your schedule.

Liquid tank trailers are gaining momentum, but there are concerns

The use of liquid bulk tank trucking is on the rise. While tanks make up anywhere from 5 to 10% of the trucking industry, petroleum production is increasing domestically, making the liquid tank segment more successful.

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Transcourt: Oakville – Government legislation, hazmat and cross-border concerns can have an impact on tank trailers; here are concerns to remember:

Switch to dedicated carriers – liquid tank trailers are a costly investment, so consider opting for contract carriers. They’re affordable and suitable for the industry due to a shortage of qualified drivers.

Spec trucks for fuel efficiency and corrosion prevention – finding ways to reduce weight of your truck is key to fuel efficiency. Consider the DuraPlate AeroSkirt, which is perfect for tank trailers. It can yield a 7% improvement in fuel economy at highway speeds.

You may also want to consider the makeup of the tanker trailer itself. A Lean Duplex 2 DOT weighs about 700 pounds less than typical variants.

Driver Shortage – driver shortage remains a constant issue in the trucking industry, especially with highly specialized tanker fleets.

In order to operate a liquid tank trailer, drivers must apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential or TWIC card. However, that requires having a current tank truck endorsement and hazmat endorsement, but this is a costly process and cannot be applied for within the same day.

Border Crossing – the U.S. Custom and Border Protection agency has identified an issue in liquid tank trailers not being empty before crossing the border, thus requiring more regulation.

Liquid tank trailers therefore need to be washed and cleaned prior to crossing the border.