DOT Physical At Western Express

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Harold B.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, I am hoping someone can give me some info regarding Western Express. I just noticed that the orientation email says to bring you DOT physical long form and medical card. I am taking that as meaning they do not give you a new physical when you get there.

This is a brain fart on me for not paying closer attention to the information and here it is the day before I am supposed to leave for Nashville.

If I have to get my own I will have time on Monday once I am there and I was also wondering where the hotel was they put you into as there is a Concentra about 8 miles from the terminal.

Thanks Harold

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.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Harold, they will help you get a new physical if you don't have your current one. I remember when I was there some of the guys had to go get a new physical and some of us didn't. If you don't have the card and the long form with you then they will take you to get your physical done.

I can't remember the name of the hotel they use, but it's probably about twenty miles or so from the terminal. They will shuttle you back and forth in their vans. There are restaurants, convenience stores, and a laundromat within easy walking distance from the hotel.

Best of luck to you!

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.

Harold B.'s Comment
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Thanks Old School J appreciate the help

James H.'s Comment
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Thanks for this post I'm catching a bus there tomorrow and of course there are jitters. This will be my first trucking job and I'm excited. Thanks for the great site

Terence L.'s Comment
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Any info on Western Express terminal out in Fontana, Ca?

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.

Old School's Comment
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Any info on Western Express terminal out in Fontana, Ca?

Not sure what you are wanting to know - I've been there several times. It was always crowded, and the traffic over there in that area knows no boundaries that most people refer to as "rush hour" - it was bad no matter what hour it was!

Are you going to work for them, and expecting to be dispatched out of that terminal?

When I was with Western I was dispatched out of Nashville, but a lot of the time when I was over in Mexifornia they would have me go by the Fontana location to re-power a load that had been dropped there by another driver. Anytime I was at that terminal the people there were generally helpful, but just like all the other Western Express terminals they all seemed to be overwhelmed with their work-load. It is a busy place.

Understand that no matter what terminal you are dispatched out of you will not be spending much time there at all. I think I can count on one hand the times that I was in the Nashville terminal during my sixteen month stint with them. Generally the drivers who are hanging around the terminals are the ones who don't get it, and are more than readily available to share with you their misinformation and disgruntled views on the company. The drivers who could give you some helpful insight are out there on the highways and byways turning their wheels, and making bank.

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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