Nevada Owner Operator Jobs
The trucking industry ranks third behind commuters and tourists in the use of Nevada roadways. As in most other states, truck drivers have many more regulations to follow than other road users. However, all vehicles are required to use chains or snow tires on designated roadways between October 1 and April 30. These roads are clearly marked, and trucks or other vehicles can be prohibited from using the marked areas if authorities believe the vehicle will have travel problems even with chains or special tires.
Due to the closure of the Boomtown Truck Stop a few years ago, there is no longer any truck parking on I-80 west of Reno. Truck parking in the Reno area is limited. If Donner Pass is likely to close due to snow, truckers should plan ahead to pull off east of Fernley.
The owner operator in Nevada is required to obtain all needed permits prior to crossing into the state. Permits that could be needed include overweight or over-sized loads, Nevada registration and fuel tax permits. There may be other necessary permits, depending on the type of load. Permits can be obtained from any of about a dozen private authorized vendors, but additional fees will apply beyond the state’s fees.
Drivers who regularly travel across Nevada with over-sized loads can obtain an annual permit. This includes those truckers who haul multiple trailers. There are restrictions in place for over-sized loads on some roadways.
Delays caused by congestion are mainly in and around the urban areas, particularly Las Vegas. One survey of truck drivers pinpointed the I-15/US-95 interchange in Las Vegas as the worst bottleneck, with the I-80/I-580 Reno interchange as the second most congested. With the phenomenal growth in the population in Las Vegas in the last decade, truckers indicated the whole area can be a challenge to navigate, particularly on weekdays.
Nevada is working to address road congestion and condition issues. Many projects which were identified in a 2006 study of Nevada’s roads have been completed or are in the planning stages. However, some projects may be put on the back burner due to funding concerns. Limited available land for road expansion is also a problem for some planned Las Vegas projects.