Just Got Dispatched On My 1st HazMat Load

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Tractor Man's Comment
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3 weeks in and I received a HazMat pre plan. I guess the extra time and money for the Endorsement is starting to pay off. Extra flat rate pay of $35.00. Also, If I am "unlucky" enough to get a DOT Inspection along the way, and score 100%, Swift pays a $100.00 bonus! I think I can live without the bonus and inspection on my 1st one! Extra super duper careful pre trip inspection tomorrow morning!!!

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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

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Gladhand's Comment
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Have fun. I decided to get my hazmat too. Going to take the test soon.

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

Tractor Man's Comment
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This is a load from a NAPA Auto Parts distributor. Salt Lake City to Portland, OR. If anyone has driven this route I would love to hear about it! Also, it doesn't deliver til Monday at 0800, so I will have all day Sunday to See the Sights in Portland. Get paid $320.00 to sight see! Any suggestions on what to do or see? What about Truck Stops in the area. I can Uber it to a location and just scope things out.

Trucktographer's Comment
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I've picked up from that NAPA, but haven't delivered to one in Portland. They are a pretty good customer, you shouldn't have any trouble from them at either end.

Are you picking up from the:

8914 4000 W West Jordan, UT

Location?

If so, be sure to enter from 4000 W side and not the W 9000 S side. Go all the way around the back and park next the fence. They'll probably have you drop in the corner (directly behind where I suggested you park) and hook to a pre-loaded trailer. Make sure you have some straps or load bars with you.

If you don't have the right placards with you, you can ask the customer. They should always have them on site. I recommend you take them down. They like to fly away at highway speeds.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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If you don't have the right placards with you, you can ask the customer. They should always have them on site. I recommend you take them down. They like to fly away at highway speeds.

Woah woah woah woah, hold on. Assuming the load requires placards, are you telling him to take them down so that he will essentially be driving a hazmat load that requires placards but without placards displayed.

I sincerely hope I'm misunderstanding you, if I'm not then that is hands down the worst advice I have ever read in all my countless years on TT. If I am misunderstanding, then I apologize, if I'm not then shame on you.

Get the placards from the shipper and be sure to have them on all 4 corners of the trailer. If you have placard holders already on your trailer then insert them inside but use clear tape on the edges to prevent them from flying out. If you dont have hazmard placard holders then just use the sticky back to stick it on the trailer. Make sure you're getting a proper pre and post trip inspection and verify your logs are correct. Be sure the paperwork is always within arms reach while youre driving with the BoL on top of all other paperwork, when not driving leave it on the seat.

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

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.

Kevin H.'s Comment
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I'm guessing he meant "tape them down".

Tractor Man's Comment
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Pick up at 7402 Airport Rd. Just down the street according to Google Maps. Thanks for the info on the placards, I will duct tape them in place! Also, as far as straps and load locks, I have both. It is a pre loaded trailer, will it be sealed or will they expect me to secure the load first? Thanks again for the heads up Trucktographer!

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Trucktographer's Comment
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Tape. We can blame the phones autocorrect.

Yes, I'm going to advise someone to first ask a customer for the correct placards, then not use them.

Trucktographer's Comment
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Don't use duct tape. Must be clear.

And thank you Daniel for regurgitating the same advice I just gave.

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