Question About Hiring Zones

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Tweak's Comment
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Howdy, all! Just joined the forum today. I've been lurking for weeks now, soaking up any and all advice I can get. I'm currently enlisted in the US Army, scheduled to medically retire around October time, and I'm looking at OTR as my next move. I'm in talks with both Swift and Prime, and just sent an email to Maverick. I don't have my CDL , so I'm looking at company run training.

Anyway, I had a question about hiring zones. I sent an application to Roehl, and was denied because they weren't hiring in my area—Arlington, VA. Why would they not? And looking at the pages for other companies, they have very irregular hiring zones. Why? Is it because they don't regularly ship there? Or are there legal reasons?

Thanks for the help!


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.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Steven H.'s Comment
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My understanding is that they may not have enough freight for that location to guarantee home time.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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Here's an example. Say you live in Western Colorado. You could not be hired by TransAm because they do not run into that part of the state.

Without having the available freight and customers, a company would not be able to get you home. So therefore, they do not hire out of certain areas.

South Florida is a particularly difficult area. The freight is pretty limited coming out of that area, so the good majority of companies don't hire from that region.

Look for the companies that run through all 48 states such as Swift, Prime, XPO Logistics, Jim Palmer, Wil-Trans and US Xpress. With the exception of US Xpress, all of these companies have their own training schools.


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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