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List Of Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016

What New Drivers Need To Know About Trucking Company Pet Policies:

Many trucking companies will allow their drivers to take pets in the truck with them, and may charge a refundable or non-refundable deposit, flat fees, and/or cleaning fees.

The FMCSA has not issued any regulations regarding pets in the truck, as long as safety is not compromised.

Driver's should always carry proof of their pets' vaccination against rabies, at least, and many states require a Certificate Of Veterinary Inspection to bring animals across state lines.

See Also: Tips For Trucking With Your Pet

Generally, any damage that a pet does, or any additional cleaning necessary, will be charged against a drivers deposit, or deducted from their paycheck.

Drivers will normally not be allowed to take a pet along for either CDL training school or while on the road in company training.

Companies that operate mainly local, LTL , or regional routes will generally have a "no pets" policy, as will companies that primarily haul refrigerated freight.

As trucking companies are constantly changing their policies on allowing drivers to bring animals on the road, and policies vary wildly from company-to-company, it is very important that drivers double-check with the companies themselves.

As companies are constantly updating and revising their pet policies, you should double-check with each company. Our list of trucking companies that allow pets on the road is updated as we get new information.

Trucking Companies That Allow Pets In The Truck On The Road:

  • Maximum 25 lbs. $500 deposit.
  • Subject to application and approval. No vicious breeds. No deposit.
  • No specifics given by the company
  • No specifics given by the company
  • Burton Transport, Inc. does not charge for pets. If damage occurs because of the pet, then the driver will be charged for the necessary repairs.
  • One dog, up to 25 lbs.
  • One small dog, with $300 pet deposit. Payable in installments.
  • No specifics given by the company
  • One dog or cat per person. No vicious breeds (Pit bull, Rottweiler, etc). $500 pet fee. 1 penny per mile withheld to discourage over-idling, refunded at the end of each month if drivers do not over-idle.
  • After training, pets are allowed up to a maximum weight of 50 lbs (can be 2 dogs at 25 lbs each, etc.). $500 pet policy fee.
  • No specifics given by company.
  • No specifics given by company.
  • Non-refundable cleaning fee of $500, payable in installments.
  • Pets welcome, must remain in the truck on company or customer property.
  • Small dog, no aggressive breeds, dogs only. There is a $500 initial deposit. Must be on a leash or in the truck when at shippers/receivers/company facilities.
  • One cat or one dog allowed, $500 deposit for pets under 35 pounds, $1000 for heavier animals (payable in installments.) Pet must remain in truck on customer or company property, and must be caged while truck is in motion. Pet's rabies shots record must be provided. Cats must be de-clawed.
  • All pets are allowed provided they are not aggressive, maximum of 2 pets. $250 deposit, payable over 10 weeks.
  • Dogs Only. $200 non-refundable pet fee (payable in installments). Copies of pets shot record must be kept on the truck. Aggressive breeds are prohibited. Pets must remain in the truck at company or customer facilities. Any additional repair costs over $200 will be charged to the driver.
  • Interstate allows a maximum of 2 pets in a truck, only for the dry van fleet, not for reefer drivers.. You will sign a Pet Agreement prior to having the Pet(s) on the truck. There are restrictions on the pets that are allowed. They do have space at their yards for your four-legged passengers to stay while you are inside completing business, rather than leaving them in the truck.
  • Dogs up to 60 lbs, non-aggressive breed. Shots documented. $300 deposit.
  • Open pet policy, no breed restrictions or deposits. Eligible after CDL school and training, around 3 months total.
  • After completing training and logging 30,000 miles. Pets under 50 lbs, no aggressive breeds. $400 deposit required, $200 is refundable.
  • Subject to approval, 60 lb weight limit.
  • One dog or cat allowed, no size or breed restrictions. $650 deposit for riding with pets, $150 due up front, the remainder in installments. $500 will be refunded when pet is no longer on the truck, barring excessive damage.
  • Any dog under 50 pounds or less. No pit bulls. $750 refundable deposit, paid in installments for 20 paychecks.
  • Copy of all vaccinations required. 15 lb maximum weight. $1000 deposit required to offset future cleaning and damage repair. Pets cannot be left unattended for extended periods of time, nor be allowed to remain in the truck while parked in the yard or shop area.
  • Navajo allows your pets to ride with you, assuming that it doesn’t compromise your safety while operating the vehicle
  • National carriers allows dogs for a fee.
  • 1 dog or cat, non-vicious breed, under 50 lbs. $200 non-refundable deposit. Copy of shot records required.
  • Pets are welcome at no extra charge. No restrictions, any pet can go.
  • No more than two pets are to ride at a time, a form will need to be filled out. Periodic truck inspections will be performed to ensure the equipment is not being abused. A kennel or comparable restraining device is required and all pets are required to be restrained while truck is in motion. Any and all customer restrictions and/or pet specific policies are to be adopted by PTI employees while on customer property.
  • No breed restrictions.
  • No specifics given by the company
  • No specifics given by the company
  • The pet policy provides a weight limit of 30 pounds and requires a refundable pet deposit. The deposit can be paid in full up front or financed over a 6 week period.
  • $500 non-refundable pet deposit.
  • Deposit required.
  • 2 dog limit, no pet deposit.
  • Application and approval required. $650 total pet fee, $400 is a refundable deposit. Dogs less than 60 pounds and cats are allowed, no other creatures. Pit bulls, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow, Wolf hybrids not allowed. Animal must be spayed or neutered. Pet carrier and proof of shots required. Roehl has installed special waste receptacles and created pet run areas at their terminals.
  • Drivers are allowed to have a dog or cat on the truck that weighs less than 60 pounds.
  • $500 non-refundable fee, deducted $50 per week.
  • Pet policy is an approved application, based on size and breed, and shot records.
  • No specifics given by the company.
  • No specifics given by the company.
  • No specifics given by the company.
  • No specifics given by the company.
  • Eligible to bring a pet after 6 months solo driving.
  • One dog or cat, NO aggressive breeds, $500 non-refundable deposit (deductible from paycheck in $50 payments), copies of pet's shot records must be sent in to the safety department and a copy kept on the truck at all times, pets must be kept on leash at all times when outside of truck, pets must remain in truck when on company or customer property, and must be removed from truck prior to taking truck in for servicing.
  • There is a $500 non-refundable pet fee ($250 down and $25 per week until fully funded). Pets are limited to one domestic dog OR one domestic cat. Your pet’s vaccination records should be available on the truck at all times and you must provide a copy to the USA Truck Safety Department. Your pet should never be outside the truck when you are on a customer’s property. You must remove your pet from inside the truck during any type of servicing or maintenance. You are responsible for arranging pet lodging in the event of overnight stays due to servicing or maintenance.
  • 1 dog per driver, $500 deposit, no size limits. Eligible after probation period, 90 days for recent grads 30 days for drivers with over 6 months experience.

  • No breed or size restrictions. One dog or one cat. $250 deposit, $5 per week fee. Shots must be kept up to date.
  • One dog or cat, NO aggressive breeds, $500 non-refundable deposit (deductible from paycheck in $50 payments), copies of pet's shot records must be sent in to the safety department and a copy kept on the truck at all times, pets must be kept on leash at all times when outside of truck, pets must remain in truck when on company or customer property, and must be removed from truck prior to taking truck in for servicing.
  • Up to 2 dogs are allowed but no more than 40 pounds combined pet weight.Pets must be up to date on veterinary care, your truck WILL be inspected for cleanliness and interior damage monthly. The deposit is $1750, and the first $500 must be paid before bringing fido on board and they will payroll deduct the remaining deposit at $50/week. Should any damage be discovered you may be required to pay any additional amount to cover the repairs and any deposit balance must remain at $1750.
  • Flexible pet policy with no pet-deposit. As a general rule they have a “three-heartbeat” policy. One or two pets are fine, additional pets need to be approved on a case-by-case basis.

    Students are not allowed pets for the duration of the training program and must complete a 60-day solo probationary period before they are allowed to have a pet onboard.

  • One domestic dog or cat will be allowed on the driver’s truck. A $500 fee will be charged. This may be paid out in $50 payroll deductions over 10 pay periods.

Trucking Companies That Do NOT Allow Pets In The Truck On The Road:

  • A & R Logistics
  • ABF
  • Averitt Express
  • Beelman Truck Co.
  • Barr-Nunn
  • Carter Express
  • Central Transport International
  • Coastal Transport
  • Cowan
  • CRST
  • C.R. England
  • deBoer Transportation
  • Decker
  • Dick Lavy Trucking
  • Dillon Transport
  • Don Hummer Trucking
  • E.L. Hollingsworth
  • Eagle Transport
  • Empire Express
  • Estes
  • FirstFleet
  • FoodLiner
  • G & P Trucking
  • Indian River Transport
  • KLLM
  • K & B Transportation
  • Koch Trucking, Inc.
  • Lone Star Transportation
  • Lynden
  • Marten Transport
  • Martin Transport, Inc.
  • Maverick
  • McElroy Truck Lines
  • Millis Transfer
  • Mr. Bult's
  • New England Motor Freight (NEMF)
  • NFI Industries
  • Poly Trucking
  • Raider Express
  • Salmon Companies
  • Schneider
  • Sherman Bros. Trucking
  • Star Transportation
  • Swift
  • TMC
  • Transwood Carriers
  • Trimac Transportation
  • Tutle & Tutle
  • Venture Express
  • Viessman Trucking
  • W.W. Transport, Inc.
  • Ward Trucking
  • Wilson Trucking

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.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Fm:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Wil-Trans:

Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.

Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.

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