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Jim M.'s Comment
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Well, all is not completely lost. Western Express said they will hire me. Are there any Western drivers here on the forum? Any information you guys can give me about them. I am really wanting to drive flatbed.

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Old School is the man to talk to. He started with Western Express and he drives flatbed so he can definitely give you the skinny. Good luck!

Thanks Jolie!! I will look for Old School.

Another company that is considering me is Keim TS. They are a small flatbed company out of Sabetha, Kansas. They have been very nice and supplied alot of information so far. They have nice equipment. I talked to a driver a while back and he was happy. Been there several years.

Michael V.'s Comment
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Wow Keim TS has a great reputation in the open deck world and some of the best tractors out there, all 86 inch KWs. Be nice if you can get in there, good luck i hope u get in.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Daniel Sage's Comment
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Look into May trucking, I got a pre hire from them, even though I got a 34/15 in a school zone ticket in Nov 2012, also had a 9 over in May 2012 and misdemeanor poss of marijuana in October 2013 and two other minor misdemenors in 2011. Also KKW wants me. EVERY company is different. I'm curious about Western express as well.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Jim, I did start my career at Western Express and they gave me a great foundation to build upon. I was employed there for sixteen months, and was very successful there. The pay scale at Western was a little low compared to many others, but they are willing to give some folks a shot that others are rejecting. This seems to be a business model for them, and if you go there you will realize that because of that approach they get a lot of folks in there who aren't the greatest employees. They will give you a chance, and then they expect you to prove yourself if you want to be running in such a way that you can make a decent living.

I had no problems with them keeping me busy, in fact they will run you ragged if you are the type who understands how to get things done. I had a great driver manager who eventually quit, and then the one that replaced him ran me just as hard, only I wasn't as fond of him as I was the first one. A person can make a great start at Western, and I may have very well stayed longer than I did, but I got such a nice offer from Knight for a dedicated flat-bed account that I felt I had to take it.

I knew a driver who went to work at KEIM TS and he thought they were great. He was a bit of an outlaw, and one of the things he preferred about them was that they were still using paper logs. I don't know if that is still the case or not. They seem like pretty decent outfit to me though, I'd definitely look further into it if I were you.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jim M.'s Comment
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Well, Thanks to the HIGH ROAD TRAINING PROGRAM, studying a little on the Oklahoma CDL manual, and a couple of practice tests from school, I was able to obtain my permit yesterday. Mostly the HRTP was what helped me the most. I told my classmates about it as well.

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What a great program that is. I plan to use it to aid in getting the rest of the endorsements as I need them

Thank You to Trucking Truth for the best program out there!!

Jim

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Jim M.'s Comment
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Hey Jim, I did start my career at Western Express and they gave me a great foundation to build upon. I was employed there for sixteen months, and was very successful there. The pay scale at Western was a little low compared to many others, but they are willing to give some folks a shot that others are rejecting. This seems to be a business model for them, and if you go there you will realize that because of that approach they get a lot of folks in there who aren't the greatest employees. They will give you a chance, and then they expect you to prove yourself if you want to be running in such a way that you can make a decent living.

I had no problems with them keeping me busy, in fact they will run you ragged if you are the type who understands how to get things done. I had a great driver manager who eventually quit, and then the one that replaced him ran me just as hard, only I wasn't as fond of him as I was the first one. A person can make a great start at Western, and I may have very well stayed longer than I did, but I got such a nice offer from Knight for a dedicated flat-bed account that I felt I had to take it.

I knew a driver who went to work at KEIM TS and he thought they were great. He was a bit of an outlaw, and one of the things he preferred about them was that they were still using paper logs. I don't know if that is still the case or not. They seem like pretty decent outfit to me though, I'd definitely look further into it if I were you.

Old School, Thank you for the words of encouragement. I am waiting to hear back from them. I hope Keim TS comes thru.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
slow roller's Comment
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Hi Driver

I am new here and had a similar issue. Drove from 1983-2007. Have been self employed in unrelated industry and looking to get back into OTR flatbed.

I recieved 1 speeder in 20 years in my personal vehicle that was 15 plus over the posted limit in PA.

I applied to many and turned down until ticket is 1 year old or in some cases 3 years.

I am starting with and going to orientation with Western Express bases in Nashville TN. I start 3/4/2017

May be others that will give a chance for a bad decision that happened once in 20 years for me but Western is the only one I am aware of.... So it does not happen again to me I sold my sports car lol

Best Regards and good luck to you my friend

Hello everyone, Been a lurker on here for a while. I am currently attending Roadmaster in Tulsa, OK. Just started Saturday. I have been turned down by Melton and Maverick and have not heard back from several others on pre hires. TMC, Keim TS, and Paul

The problem is I have 2 speeding tickets. One in February of 2013 for 21 over and one in August 2013 for 15 over. No accidents, no criminal, only 2 employers in last 15 years.

AM I wasting my time getting my CDL since I have the speeding on my record? Any suggestions on company's that will hire me? Obviously want to flatbed from my choices above.

The High Road Training Program is AWESOME!! Helped me tremendously in passing my permit tests the first time.

Thank you, Jim M.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Pre Hires:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

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