Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes.
Truck drivers perform some or all of the following duties:
Operate and drive straight or articulated trucks weighing over 4,600 kg with three or more axles to transport goods/materials;
Oversee all aspects of vehicles such as pre-trip inspection of vehicle systems, condition of equipment, loading/unloading, and safety/security of cargo;
Obtain special permits/other documents required to transport cargo on international routes;
Record cargo information, distance travelled, fuel consumption, and other information in a log book or an on-board computer;
Receive and relay information to a central dispatcher;
Drive as part of a team or convoy, and transport hazardous products or dangerous goods;
Communicate with dispatcher and other drivers using Citizen's Band (CB) radio, Internet, cellular phone, and on-board computer.
Truck drivers work for transportation companies, manufacturing/distribution companies, moving companies, and employment service agencies, or they may be self-employed.
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