Questions About Western Express.

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Jason M.'s Comment
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Hey guys, just starting to get a little worried. I agreed to go to orientation in Fontana, CA for Western Express. Now the recruiter doesn't seem to want to answer my questions. I plan on joining their dry van division. I wanted to know how much of their freight is no touch as well as drop and hook. I have a pinched nerve that would prevent me from being able to unload a truck, otherwise I would go flatbed. Also, what kind of trucks do they use? I heard Volvo, Freightliner, and International but I am not sure as well as the models they use. I assume Cascadias and ProStars, but what about the Volvos? 670? 780? I was told I could choose my truck which is why I am wondering. And is that a lie too? Seems a bit hard to believe I can choose.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jason M.'s Comment
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Oh and I was also wondering if they haul any hazmat loads. If so, do they offer any assistance in getting the endorsement?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Pat M.'s Comment
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In all honesty, recruiters are VERY busy people. He already has you set up for orientation so he probably feels that he is better served to move on to the next guy. Head over to a truck stop and talk to some drivers. Or if you are close to the Fontana yard then go over there. Even if it is 100 miles, that is what less than a tank of gas?

Old School's Comment
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Jason, my experience with them was that you got which ever truck happened to be available. They are not going to help you with that hazmat. If you're short on cash just get started without it and get on it later. Occasionally there will be a load that you need it for, but for the most part you should be just fine without it. You will almost always be hauling no touch freight.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Jason M.'s Comment
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Thanks Old School. I appreciate it.

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