Are There Companies Out There That Are Totally No Touch Freight

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Forrest B.'s Comment
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Drop and hook. Just drive and deliver. I'm unable to get in a trailer anymore and move freight around.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Doubtful anyone is going to promise that because the minute you have to handle one box, you can sue them.

If you can't get in a trailer, who will sweep it for you? Who will inspect the interior? Sometimes a shipper leaves nails you've got to pry out of the floor. You need to be able to do that.

Or, you could invent a lightweight, collapsible staircase that fits in a side compartment and sell it to companies and drivers. See you on Shark Tank.


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.

Forrest B.'s Comment
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I didn't think about that scenario. The more I research driving a truck again maybe it's not a good idea.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Why couldn't you use a gorilla ladder? I don't understand how you can drive a truck and not be able to get into the back of a trailer. Even though our freight is no touch, I still have to get in to sweep them out, inspect the interior and sometimes put in load straps.

Why can't you get into a trailer? BTW most companies, I imagine, make sure you can get into a trailer during orientation and before company training.

Old School's Comment
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Sue, he is an amputee. A good part one leg has been removed. He's got some issues that most of us don't have to deal with.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Ah, that's right.. I forgot. At home I have a "Gorilla Ladder" that I bought at home Depot. It's lightweight, folds up and has nice deep/wide steps and a safety rail to hold onto. You see, I'm terrified of heights and particularly ladders. That ladder is very stable and weighs next to nothing. I really bet you could do it with one of those. I probably climb into a trailer once or twice a month because many receivers let me walk into the trailers from their dock to sweep them out. I always ask. A few places won't let me, but most do.

I would make sure to lock it to the back of the cab because their are ladder thrives (other drivers sadly) at some truck stops.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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I think you have a shot sir. I would go for the reefer division since you can just get trailer washouts after you're done with the delivery. It'll definitely be an inconvenience but you can do it. The floors for reefers are always metal so you dont have to worry about removing nails from wooden floors.

The biggest obstacle I see for you would be putting on load locks to secure the freight. Some customers require load locks to be placed. But I'm sure they'll be decent enough human beings to give you a hand.

I would give it a shot!


A refrigerated trailer.

Cwc's Comment
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The last company I worked for I was told in orientation that if I loaded or unloaded a trailer I was fired.

Never strapped a load with them either. So yes you can find those types of gigs but I would say ask lots of questions up front.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Taxman's Comment
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Is entering the trailer an essential job function?

Is it a reasonable accommodation to have to make arrangements to maintain the interior of your trailer without involving your one legged driver?

OTOH, anybody who brings up the Americans with Disabilities Act in a job interview is going to be as welcome as lump of plutonium.

On the other other hand, how much harder is it to climb into the trailer with a portable ladder than to climb into the cab, considering that getting into the cab clearly is an essential job function? (serious question, I'm not the guy who has to get around on 1 1/3 legs)

Matt 's Comment
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I don't know the details but from what I understand if you are missing a limb you need a working prosthetic ? For example they told my father he had to have a working prosthetic arm in order to take a cdl test again.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

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  • 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.
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