Schneider Or Halvor Lines

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Laura J.'s Comment
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Hello, I got my class A in February and endorsements , TWIC card, passport and DOTexam done. I have pre-hire letters from Halvor Lines (have a great pet policy but lower pay) and Schneider OTR (east 37). I am leaning towards Schneider but would like some input. My husband may loose our health insurance at the end of May.

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.

DOT:

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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

TWIC:

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.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Be sure to check again with Schneider. My friends there were told recruiting is postponed indefinitely due to the virus. that may habe been after a certain cutoff point.

good luck

PackRat's Comment
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If you do go with Schneider, we highly recommend you stay away from any "Dollar store" dedicated accounts as a new driver.

Dean R.'s Comment
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I'm going to Schneider the 28th in Gary, Indiana. I'm training for a dedicated WalMart position. I haven't heard anything about hiring delays, but they are splurging for single rooms when training.

Papa Pig's Comment
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Dean R Did training not work out at the company you were having issues with the trainer they gave you?

Dean R.'s Comment
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Dean R Did training not work out at the company you were having issues with the trainer they gave you?

Papa Pig - No, training didn't work out. But it was a combination of things. I told them when they recruited me that I was older and I did have a service-related injury. During my semi-annual VA physical last week I mentioned some minor back pain between my left hip and spinal area. I wrenched it while I was climbing a lumber load to throw tarps. Turns out I have Lumbosacral radiculopathy. If I continued with flatbed I'd have to give up health benefits. The HR person at the flatbed job understands. I told them, and the school, that I would try it. So i did.

Schneider and my DOT physical doctor are okay with me driving so long as I don't load/unload by hand. No tarps, etc. I was offered a dedicated WalMart run out of Sterling, IL., about 2 hours from my home.

DOT:

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.

Papa Pig's Comment
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I heard that Dean, you gave it a shot. I just retired today. I am waiting for the Va offices to start doing disability physicals before I start at a company. Luckily I have 3 months of leave saved up. I really want to give flatbed a try and see how it goes. Everyone I personally know who has worked for Schneider has seemed to like it.

Dean R.'s Comment
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I heard that Dean, you gave it a shot. I just retired today. I am waiting for the Va offices to start doing disability physicals before I start at a company. Luckily I have 3 months of leave saved up. I really want to give flatbed a try and see how it goes. Everyone I personally know who has worked for Schneider has seemed to like it.

Congrats on your retirement! You made it. I did like the flatbed lifestyle the short time I did it. No 3 am deliveries. Not many backup maneuvers - mostly got unloaded in the receiver's yard or in a building you drive thru. Truckstop/rest area parking sucked after 4 pm, but some receivers let us park outside their gate in industrial areas.

Good luck with the VA. I found the Iowa City VA to employ really good folks and volunteers.

John M.'s Comment
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I can give Halver Lines two thumbs up I worked for them for six months had a great experience it’s a family run company with about 400 to 500 drivers very nice equipment and will definitely treat you well.

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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Dean R. You will get to see my companies yard everyday when arriving or departing the Gary in terminal. You cant get there without passing us lol.

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.

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