New Year, New Possibilities!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Got two new possibilities in the last day or two!

Panther Premium Logistics is looking for drivers for both tractors and straight trucks. Looks like I may have to team but they have a "Straight Truck to Tractor Program". Gig would be OTR Team in a sleeper staight truck. 6 months or so OTR (out 3 weeks, off 5 days) counts as OTR and would allow transition to tractor/trailer. HazMat and Tanker endorsements would be valued.

Merry Maids is looking for drivers with a CDL , any experience level considered as "we train our drivers" (they say).

Full app sent after recruiter call from Panther (follow-up to quick app submitted). Pretty much down to background and records checks with them.

Quick app to Merry Maids submitted.

Beats the heck out of no options!

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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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Good luck, I was going to suggest Panther but forgot. Also might want to look into FedEx Custom critical.

If you get the merry maid gig insist on wearing a French Maid outfit.

PackRat's Comment
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If you get the merry maid gig insist on wearing a French Maid outfit.

This is covered during their orientation.

Turtle's Comment
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This is covered during their orientation.

Wait till ya see the required physical.

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PackRat's Comment
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Good luck, Marc! I truly hope Panther is the one for you.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Good luck, I was going to suggest Panther but forgot. Also might want to look into FedEx Custom critical.

If you get the merry maid gig insist on wearing a French Maid outfit.

Thanks Bobcat. Sounds like your issue, not mine!

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Marc Lee's Comment
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If you get the merry maid gig insist on wearing a French Maid outfit.

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This is covered during their orientation.

Glad to see you haven't lost your sense of humor, PackRat! (Especially with the run of luck you've been having lately)...

So it seems Panther is a "double brokerage" scenario. Drivers actually are employed by various "fleet owners", who in turn get their loads from Panther. Apparently Panther doesn't actually own any units.

So in addition to any/all issues with the "company" one also must deal with those of their "fleet owner". Of course, in addition to having the ability to become an O/O or L/O, one can also become an F/O!

Or should that be an F'ing F/O?

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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OK, it Dutch Maid Logistics.

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Sorry Marc should have mentioned that, I found that out a couple years ago when I looked to get into Expediting. The same is true for FedEx Custom Critical, personally I wouldn't want to drive for a small fleet owner as there is the potential for too many problems.

Have you looked into driving for Amazon?

Rob T.'s Comment
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Have you looked into driving for Amazon?

Have they started hiring their own drivers yet? I know there have been rumors but I haven't actually seen any of their trucks. With how many O/O pulling amazon trailers I see in the ditch almost every time it snows it would allow people to get their stuff its it's crazy. I even seen a O/O stuck in the mud in the median yesterday on a completely dry, straight section of I-35. 130am, my guess is he fell asleep.

Driving for a small fleet owner isnt ideal but unfortunately you don't have a ton of options. Have you asked any of the megas that do their own school if you surrender your CDL and start from scratch if that will allow them to accept you? Another option may be to see if there are any city/state jobs near you that require a Class A to move equipment. That path would likely have more physical labor such as landscaping or filling potholes though, and driving would not be primary duty.

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.
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