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Patrick 's Comment
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If a company will hire me, but they want me to pay for my DOT physical upfront, but they are a small company with only 31 trucks, how can I find out if they are reputable.

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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You can look them up regarding safety and such, at SAFER.FMCSA.DOT.GOV but I'm sure the pro's will be along shortly, or in the morning, to dissuade you.

With only 31 trucks, if YOUR power unit is down...for a week or more repairs, THEN what?!?!? 31 tractors...doesn't sound like a spare or two sitting around.

What'ya looking at hauling?

CSA:

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

FMCSA:

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

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.

Fm:

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Are they going to reimburse you for the physical after completion of orientation? I've heard of companies doing it that way but typically you will be sent to see their doctor at orientation on their dime.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Patrick, my friend, ask yourself this: "is the next step in my driving career worth $100?" If you think you'll be able to earn the hunnert bucks back quickly then don't worry. Maybe you'll be surprised your new company will pay you back after you get into a truck. (Save the receipt.)

There are several reasons your new company may require one.

Don't be a stranger on Trucking Truth, Patrick!

Joseph I.'s Comment
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I pay for my own DOT physical. I get it from my own doctor but the company I work for told me I could use the doctor they use for there drug test if I wanted and it would have been cheaper than my doc but I stayed with my doc anyway. At least for me the physical was your CDL and the company needs a copy on file for insurance reasons.

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.

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.

Joseph D.'s Comment
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I work for a small company and pay for my own physical. My thought is I have no problem spending $80 to have the ability to make $75,000.

PackRat's Comment
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I work for a small company and pay for my own physical. My thought is I have no problem spending $80 to have the ability to make $75,000.

Best advice I’ve read today! smile.gif

G-Town's Comment
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I work for a small company and pay for my own physical. My thought is I have no problem spending $80 to have the ability to make $75,000.

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Bird-One's Comment
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I've also paid for mine. Depending on your insurance they may cover it. Some insurance companies will pay for one physical a year and the DOT physical can fall under that.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Very small companies often have drivers pay for their own physical. Larger companies have their own doctors or clinics they prefer to use. The bonus is you can choose who you want to do your physical.

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.

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