West Virginia Owner Operator Jobs
West Virginia has over 1000 different trucking companies that may offer owner operator trucking jobs.
The state is filled with natural resources such as coal and timber, and these industries are always in need of truck drivers to get the raw materials to either the railroads or barges that get them to market.
An owner operator in West Virginia is not limited to coal and timber transportation, but these are the main avenues of work that are available. While many of the companies have employees drive their trucks, others allow for independent owner operators to contract with them and transport products. There are benefits to owning the truck and driving for oneself. Owner operators can choose which businesses to work with. There are state laws that regulate the size and weight of the truck, as well as the length of workdays. However, drivers who hustle and get a good reputation should have no problem getting work.
Driving as an owner operator in West Virginia has some challenges that may not be apparent in other parts of the country. One is the infrastructure that is lacking in some of the sites that owner operators may have to visit. Trucks drivers will need to be able to utilize poor mountain roads to get to the site of raw materials such as coal and timber. Logging roads are some of the more difficult to access. While these roads may prove challenging to the most experienced drivers, there is also a natural beauty in the state that is difficult to beat. Many of the paved roads in West Virginia wind around mountains and drive through river valleys with majestic hills as a frame. Many of the more dangerous roads have been upgraded in recent years to improve the situation for drivers of all vehicles.