Stevens Transport Hauling In Florida?

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Rod B.'s Comment
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Hey guys, been lurking this site for months and i cant thank everyone enough for all the advice and comments. I have decided to make a career change due to Florida's low paying jobs and the housing prices being outrages i just cant make ends meet. I have always been fascinated with Semis and always wanted to drive them. I have been towing goosenecks around my whole life so i figured what the heck, give it a try. Since the funds are tight ive been looking for company sponcered program and being in Sarasota Florida (just south of Tampa) its slim picking. I was contacted by Stevens transport and told i was pre hired and could attend a school 36 miles away for cdl training. Here's the dilemma, im a single father of a wonderful 7 year old boy, my ex wife is ok with me being gone 4-5 weeks at a time in order to start a career and watch him for me on my days (we have 50/50 custody). Im doing this to provide for him and hopefully land a local job after a year that has longtime job security. I never see a single Stevens transport truck in my area. I only see swift,knight and averitt. Anyone else from Florida that drive for Stevens? I contacted swift and go a pre hire but they dont do company sponsored in my area, Knight wont pick up the phone and Averitt hires rookies but you have to pay your way. Any imput will be greatly appreciated.


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.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.


Operating While Intoxicated


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.

Joshua J.'s Comment
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Have you tried Schneider? Im in Tampa, and they were one of the first companies I started to look into because they have openings/routes here in Florida.

Rod B.'s Comment
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I did but the recruiter told me they arent hiring south of tampa. Im 78 miles away. Just my luck lol

Have you tried Schneider? Im in Tampa, and they were one of the first companies I started to look into because they have openings/routes here in Florida.

Steve L.'s Comment
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As a parent who went through divorce/custody battle during my military days, I would think long and hard before committing to a truck driving career IF I'm understanding you correctly.

If you have 50/50 custody, I don't see how you keep your time with your child while being an OTR driver. If Stevens is offering some type of local gig, that's different, but please make sure you know what you're getting into.

If you need local, you might try Coca Cola or another beverage distributor. They may not train you, but maybe do tuition reimbursement. I went to a school where one of my classmates did that. It's very physical work, but he's home every day.

If I've misunderstood your situation, I apologize. I hope this helps.


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.

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