Central Refrigerated - Dispatching Policies

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Central Refrigerated Dispatching Policies

Can a new driver run regional or dedicated right after school?

There is normally a 6 month to 1 year waiting period before regional or dedicated opportunities become available. These opportunities are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Will there be any NYC? How soon would a new solo driver be expected to go there?

There will be no forced NYC loads.

Central Refrigerated's Dispatching Policies

Central Refrigerated dispatch policies
Are you forced dispatch? Is the driver given any options for different loads?

To ensure maximum profitability and mileage, company drivers are forced dispatched except for NYC or HazMat loads. Lease drivers are not forced dispatched.

How often can I expect to be home? For how long at a time?

Drivers earn 1 day off for every 7 days out. Minimum of 2 weeks out, maximum of 4 days home. Some dedicated and regional positions have weekly home time.

What percentage of freight is drop and hook?

70% drop and hook, 90% no touch freight.

TruckingTruth's Views On Central Refrigerated's Dispatching Policies

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The waiting period for dedicated or regional opportunities to become available are normal for companies that offer such opportunities. Many other trucking companies that offer CDL training do not offer any dedicated or regional positions at all.

Forced dispatch, while not preferred, is very common amongst OTR trucking positions. Home time is slightly better than average as most OTR positions require a minimum of 3 weeks out before home time can be taken. With Central Refrigerated, the minimum is only 2 weeks. The drop and hook percentage is slightly higher than most refrigerated carriers and no-touch freight is slightly lower than many companies of its size, but close to average.

Central Refrigerated Company Policies

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Do you allow pets?

No pets are allowed on any Central Refrigerated trucks including lease and owner operators due to customer restrictions and policies.

What is the company’s rider policy?

One passenger at least 10 years old is allowed to ride on the truck. Drivers must notify the company for approval and pay a \$125 fee (yearly) for insurance purposes.

TruckingTruth's View On Central Refrigerated's Company Policies

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While common at one time, most trucking companies are no longer offering a pet policy. Not only do pets tend to damage equipment, but many shippers and receivers do not allow pets on their property. So it’s not surprising that Central Refrigerated does not allow pets. The company rider program is about average. Most companies have a minimum age of 12 years old while Central Refrigerated has a minimum age of 10 years old. The insurance fee is not uncommon.

Central Refrigerated's Opportunities For Drivers

Do you have a leasing program, and will I be persuaded or incentivized to lease?

A leasing program exists and drivers are encouraged to lease as they generally make 15 to 30% more than company drivers, have a better safety record, and run more miles than company drivers. Drivers who go through the training program must be a company driver for a minimum of 90 days and have a clear driving and service record in order to lease. Two and three year leases available.

What divisions do you have? (local, dedicated, regional, tanker, flatbed, reefer)

This is a refrigerated only trucking company. OTR is the largest division with some dedicated and regional freight. Very few local opportunities.

TruckingTruth's View On Central Refrigerated's Opportunities

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To date, TruckingTruth has not seen one leasing program that is worth the investment, risk, or stress. The company driver pay is sufficient and we strongly recommend staying away from any lease operator program at any company. While Central Refrigerated only operates refrigerated trailers, they do have a good amount of regional and dedicated opportunities.

Central Refrigerated's Trucks

What kind of trucks do you have?

The company has a large mix of many different late model trucks, including Volvo, Kenworth, and Freightliner. However, most company driver trucks are Freightliner models.

Do you run electronic logs?

Yes, all trucks are currently outfitted with Electronic On-Board Computers.

What are your trucks governed at?

Company trucks are restricted to 62mph and lease trucks are operated at 65mph.

Do you have APU units?

Lease trucks only at this time. All trucks are equipped with auxiliary heaters and drivers can have a 30% idle time using an auto start/stop feature equipped on the truck.

TruckingTruth's View On Central Refrigerated's Equipment

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As with most trucking companies of this size, equipment is mostly well maintained and in good operating condition. Truck speeds are about average and nearly all trucking companies are switching to electronic logs. Central Refrigerated does have a lack APU’s (Auxiliary Power Units - used to heat, cool, and provide electricity without idling), but they allow a generous 30% idle rate which is more than adequate in most circumstances. Trucks are also outfitted with bunk heaters and opti-idle systems which automatically start and stop the engine to maintain temperature and keep the batteries charged.

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