No Alcohol No Sundays

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Conservative's Comment
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Are there any companies that don't haul alcohol ? And is there any way to avoid having to drive on sundays? I am a Christian and would like to avoid both . Found one company (Roehl) that says they don't haul alcohol but do haul the boxes for it.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Its next to impossible to be a successful, profitable, and dependable driver in this industry while taking Sabbath off. Everything depends on the appointments times and 99.9% of shippers don't care about resting on that 7th day unfortunately.

I truly wish it were different as I have the same beliefs as you.

As for alcohol, you shouldn't have too much of an issue with this. Lots of drivers don't haul beef and/or pork due to their religion and get away with it. It will definitely make your life and your dispatchers life more difficult though since some states have a lot of freight in this category (CO does lots of beef and alcohol for example) so getting out could take days.

Good luck.

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.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Conservative. I totally get where you are coming from.

I work for Swift as a Walmart Dedicated Driver. We can choose the day or days we have off and I've never hauled any alcohol in the almost 5 years I have been doing this.

The first few weeks while you are road training could cause some issues with working Sunday's or the possibility of hauling any alcohol. But there are many dedicated account options that may get you home on most Sundays.

Realize you will need to compromise on occasion, however with Skype and other video conferencing tools you can potentially participate remotely in your Sunday service. Talk to your preacher, pastor, and/or church elders for some guidance on this.

I suggest investing some time in these two links so you have a better idea of what you are considering. Good luck.

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Rick S.'s Comment
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Covenant Transport purports themselves to be a "christian values company".

Perhaps they would be responsive to the restrictions your faith requires of you.

Other than that - you haul what, where and when you are asked to. While you could potentially ask your FM to avoid dispatching you on alcohol cargo runs, and you can try to arrange your trip planning to avoid driving on Sunday - the requirements for time, and equipment are going to override your spiritual needs in most cases. Or you could just run your 70 hour clock down, in such a way that requires a reset falling on a Sunday (that would ve a neat trick).

Rick

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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Where do you live at, conservative. Based on where exactly you live, (town is fine) your opportunities may vary.

G-Town's Comment
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Patrick wrote:

Where do you live at, conservative. Based on where exactly you live, (town is fine) your opportunities may vary.

Yes, especially true for many dedicated accounts.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Look in to West Side Transport. I see you are located in Indiana, which is in West Side's hiring area. They are primarily focused in the Midwest. As a Midwest Regional driver you would choose to be off Friday/Saturday or Saturday Sunday.

Hauling of alcohol is very rare. I've hauled beer 2 times and it was voluntary on my part. We do not have breweries as our regular customers. I took a load of paper products (from international paper) to the regional postal sort facility in Denver CO once and once delivered Quaker Oats/Pepsi products to the King Soopers grocery distribution warehouse in Denver. Since we don't go to Denver often, West Side used a broker to get me a load going back into our freight lanes. It happened to be at Miller Coors. I VOLUNTEERED to go to Denver. Typically as far west as we go is to Omaha, Nebraska.

I feel quite sure that if you let them know from the get go that you do not want to haul alcoholic beverages due to your beliefs, that the company would honor that. Our trips to Denver are few and far between and we have plenty of drivers who like going to Denver. We only go out there rarely for 2 of our long-standing customers and they have to get us broker loads to get back to the Midwest lol. We are not a forced dispatch company.

Another option, provided you are interested in flat bed would be McElroy. They are a unashamedly Christian family owned company which SHUTS DOWN on Sundays (weekends) because they feel it's important to be with family and attend church.

Covenant Transport touts itself as a Christian company, however they are all team and I don't believe they specifically shut down for Sundays like McElroy does.

So yes, there is a reasonable chance for you to abide by your beliefs. I'm sure there are other companies besides West Side Transport that could offer regional home weekends jobs where you choose the days off.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Big T's Comment
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When I drove for Covenant, 2007 to 2009, they did not haul alcohol. Though they would haul cigarettes.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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McElroy shuts down on Saturday, not Sunday. They are 7th day Adventists. They consider Saturday the Sabbath. However, they understand that many Christians view Sunday as the Sabbath. So the odds of you having to leave before the afternoon of Sunday are not very great. More often than not, you will have Saturday and Sunday off.

Conservative's Comment
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Ok thanks I have no experience so that complicates things a lttle as well.

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