Ozark Motor Lines

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SlugLife's Comment
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Hi folks,

So, I'm through my 1st week of CDL school (with my permit and medical card outta the way). I had sent an application into the folks at Ozark Motor Lines out of Memphis and spoke with the recruiter there. She's seeing me up with an orientation date after graduation. Everything from her sounds good or acceptable (obviously as a new graduate I can't expect everything to be perfect just yet).

But my question is, anyone have any recent experience there? Just looking for a current or recent drivers take on them. I've been on a couple other sites and read some opinions but... seems this site is more optimistic and doesn't just label every carrier as a bad one.

Also, I'm told they run alot of FedEx runs meaning mostly overnight driving and time sensitive. Other drivers say Ozark tries to make them run illegally re: HOS. How is that even possible if the company uses elogs?

Anyway, I'm excited that my 1st choice company is already settiing up orientation for me and I totally understand that this doesn't mean I'm hired just that I'm accepted to "interview" with them.

Thanks for any insight anyone can give me about them.

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.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I see them, when I am driving around.

Dave

Daniel B.'s Comment
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It's not possible to run illegally with e-logs. I mean, it is *possible*. But violations reflect on your companies safety rating and they will not force you to violate HOS rules. It's just a rumor. If you would be on paper logs then there would be a good chance but not with e-logs.

I wouldn't worry about it.

Unfortunately I haven't had any experience with them. Besides always getting passed by them. I'm sure they're a good company and will keep you very busy.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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It's not possible to run illegally with e-logs. I mean, it is *possible*. But violations reflect on your companies safety rating and they will not force you to violate HOS rules. It's just a rumor. If you would be on paper logs then there would be a good chance but not with e-logs.

I wouldn't worry about it.

Unfortunately I haven't had any experience with them. Besides always getting passed by them. I'm sure they're a good company and will keep you very busy.

You could run illegally with e-logs, but when DOT does an audit and sees drivers logging out in say Tucson, Arizona and logging back on in say Albuquerque, New Mexico, and you fueled somewhere in between, and are NOT a part of a team, then you might have to find another line of work.

Dave

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
SlugLife's Comment
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Well, I'm going what I've read isn't true either way. I understand some loads may be high priority but don't want to think I'm going to be pushed into this situation. I've heard quite a few horror stories about these FedEx loads. The night driving part doesn't bother me, nor does the sitting around all day to pick up a load just to drive it overnight. I'm just worried about this driving straight through regardless of your hours thing.

Oh well, we'll see. Thanks for the input either way... .

SlugLife's Comment
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Finally finished school so with my fresh CDL in hand I'm boarding a Greyhound bus headed for Memphis, TN Saturday night to start my orientation and training at Ozark Motor Lines. I'm excited like a kid on christmas eve!!!!!!

See you folks out there...

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.
Old School's Comment
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Wow! Congratulations, it seems like you just jumped in here just the other day and now you are already heading for a job. Keep up the good work!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey, congrats man! Definitely keep us updated on how things go for ya!

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SlugLife's Comment
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Wow! Congratulations, it seems like you just jumped in here just the other day and now you are already heading for a job. Keep up the good work!

Thanks. Honestly, it feels like I started this whole process just the other day.

SlugLife's Comment
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Hey, congrats man! Definitely keep us updated on how things go for ya!

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I definitely will. Thanks for keeping this forum up and running. I've had so many questions answered and concerns worked out because of the things I've read here. I'll keep a little running account of my training and orientation and maybe it'll help someone else out down the road.

Thanks again!

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