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John B.'s Comment
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What does a company mean when they say we go to new york but not new york city? Has anyone heard of ms express?

Old School's Comment
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New York is a big beautiful state. I spent a night and a day there this week. The Adirondack mountains were beautiful this week with fall foliage. I didn't go to New York city. I go into upstate New York at least twice a month without ever having to be in New York City. You can go to Texas without going to Dallas. You can go to Arkansas without going to Arkansas City. It's no fun driving a big truck in New York City. It's a real pleasure driving through the state of New York.

I've never heard of MS Express.


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.


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.

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Errol V.'s Comment
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What does a company mean when they say we go to new york but not new york city? Has anyone heard of ms express?

Old School points out the NYC is optional dispatch. You may see "Forced Dispatch" in relation to New England destinations. These cities are tough to get into and out of compared to most of the rest of the USA. Some companies will allow a driver to turn it down (and miss out maybe on some extra bucks for the tough trip).

As for MS Express you can look on the FMCSA's SAFER WEB for some information. However I did a search on "MS Express" and found eight "MS Express" companies. I hope you are NOT looking at the one in Buford GA. They own 19 Power Units, in the 24 months up to October they underwent 39 DOT vehicle inspections and were put Out Of Service 11 times. (either 11 out of 19 units, or 11 out of 39 inspections are both really lousy ratios!)

So, you can also look on that list and scroll down to the HQ town.


Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


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.
John B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply..the m.s. I was looking at is located in Jonesboro arkansas..however I was just offered a job from a company called mallard concrete it might be my path for now..but my understanding is concrete life gets pretty thin during the cold months..

Errol V.'s Comment
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Where do you live, John? I looked MS Express up in J'boro. Google says it's a bus company. Located "in an Exxon station".

(I lived for a while up the road in Paragould.)

John B.'s Comment
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I live in dennard 72629 ..talked to them yesterday..said they ran 48 and had training..??

Errol V.'s Comment
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I live in dennard 72629 ..talked to them yesterday..said they ran 48 and had training..??

Dennard is way west of Jonesboro.

As for MS Express, they are truckers? And a small operation with training might be all right - more of a one-on-one I suppose.

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