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Jeff W.'s Comment
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So I'm in the process of trying to find a flatbed carrier that hires from my area and has driver training. Prime sounded like a good fit for me so I applied to them. Everything looked great until I talked to the recruiter today. Apparently the trucking accident twenty-two years ago that brought my trucking career to a grinding halt my first time around still matters to Prime.

The recruiter told me that since I was terminated from my last truck driving job because of an accident, that Prime couldn't do anything with me until I had a year recent OTR experience. Can any of you Prime folks weigh in on this? Is this actual policy or is this just a recruiter being ridiculously cautious?

OTR:

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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I don't know about that, however, Rohel and a few others will train you. Hopefully some of the flatbedders will chime in.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You can apply to several companies that offer paid CDL training for flatbed right here on TruckingTruth, including Roehl and TMC. Check this out:

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CDL:

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.
Jeff W.'s Comment
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You can apply to several companies that offer paid CDL training for flatbed right here on TruckingTruth, including Roehl and TMC. Check this out:

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I've used the Apply for Paid CDL Training link. I've put in full applications with Prime, TMC, Jones Brothers, Swift, and working on one with Western Express right now. Roehl and Cypress say they're not hiring from my area.

Who else do I need to apply with? I'm in north-central West Virginia, about 3 hours south of Pittsburgh.

That accident is the only hangup, and it's from 1995. I've got a clean MVR , clean criminal background, clean credit report, and at least until August I have a good employment history.

How about CRST? I just got another text from them while I was typing this reply. I know they're mostly teams with their van division. What about their FB division?

CDL:

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

Old School's Comment
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How about CRST? I just got another text from them while I was typing this reply. I know they're mostly teams with their van division. What about their FB division?

Their flat-bed division (Malone) is exclusively lease operators.

Tracy H.'s Comment
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Roehl would not hire me right out as a flatbed driver because of the area I live. So I went van & was told 30 days after I am out of my training status I could switch - So that is what I did - with Roehl the second training there is no OTR training all local witch is nice as yo see more loads is a shorter time. Roehl also pays you during all training... Any questions please ask

OTR:

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.

Jeff W.'s Comment
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Roehl would not hire me right out as a flatbed driver because of the area I live. So I went van & was told 30 days after I am out of my training status I could switch - So that is what I did - with Roehl the second training there is no OTR training all local witch is nice as yo see more loads is a shorter time. Roehl also pays you during all training... Any questions please ask

I can't even get past Roehl's pre-qualification part of the application process, which doesn't even give me a chance to choose between FB or van. :(

OTR:

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.

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.

Gladhand's Comment
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Swift has a yard over in Martinsburg, WV. They have flatbed, but I can't say much being that i am a dry van driver.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Jeff W.'s Comment
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Swift has a yard over in Martinsburg, WV. They have flatbed, but I can't say much being that i am a dry van driver.

Martinsburg is 4 hours from me. Columbus is 3 hours from me.

What is Swift's truck take home policy?

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Chris M's Comment
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Swift has a yard over in Martinsburg, WV. They have flatbed, but I can't say much being that i am a dry van driver.

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Martinsburg is 4 hours from me. Columbus is 3 hours from me.

What is Swift's truck take home policy?

At those distances you'll take the truck home with you. I'm about the same distance from my 2 closest terminals (Atlanta and Memphis), and I bring my truck home every time I come home.

I'm OTR pulling a van right now but have been thinking about switching to Swift's flatbed fleet, but I don't have any real details on it yet.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OTR:

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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