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What Does a Bulk Driver Do?

Dan Cavallari
By Dan Cavallari
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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A bulk driver is a person who operates specific types of vehicles primarily designed for delivery purposes. This driver will only operate vehicles of a certain size as dictated by restrictions regarding the driver's license. A bulk driver is likely to be responsible for loading and unloading the vehicle as well; in many cases, this may mean making several stops along a route to unload a few items at a time, or it may mean unloading all the items at one location. The driver must also keep track of shipping manifests and other paperwork relating to the delivery process.

The qualifications a bulk driver must meet can vary by company, but generally, the driver must have at least a high school education or equivalent qualification. There are exemptions to this rule, however, and a job candidate may be able to secure work without a high school education, but he or she will need to demonstrate basic math skills and communications skills in order to be hired as a bulk driver. The driver is also likely to be required to earn a commercial driver's license (CDL); to obtain such a license, the driver may need to undergo some training and pass a licensing exam. The exam is likely to include both a written portion and a practical portion in which the driver must demonstrate his or her skills operating a commercial vehicle.

Sometimes the items being transported by a bulk driver are hazardous or otherwise dangerous to transport. If this is the case, the driver is likely to need certain hazardous materials endorsements. In order to earn such endorsements, he or she must undergo further training that is approved by a regional governing body. This training usually covers safe transport techniques regarding hazardous materials and what steps to take in the event of an emergency. The driver is therefore responsible for the safe transport of hazardous materials and any other responsibilities relating to that delivery.

Aside from having a clean driving record and being able to operate a delivery vehicle, the bulk driver will need to be in reasonably good health, since he or she will often perform loading and unloading duties. Heavy lifting is a part of the job in most cases, and the use of dollies or other moving devices is likely to be required as well. Some trucks are fitted with hydraulic lifts, and the driver must be trained how to use such equipment as well.

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