Having A Passenger And Pet OTR

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Dan S.'s Comment
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I am considering getting my CDL soon and am wondering if this combination is possible. My girlfriend and her dog (25lb) would be accompanying me on the road during this time so we can see the country and spend more time together. I have my eye set on Prime and they do allow both passengers and pets, but I am not sure if they allow a combination of the two. Has anyone on here had any experience with companies that will train and allow this once solo?

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.
Anne A. (momcat)'s Comment
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I am considering getting my CDL soon and am wondering if this combination is possible. My girlfriend and her dog (25lb) would be accompanying me on the road during this time so we can see the country and spend more time together. I have my eye set on Prime and they do allow both passengers and pets, but I am not sure if they allow a combination of the two. Has anyone on here had any experience with companies that will train and allow this once solo?

Hi, Dan .. welcome to Trucking Truth!

This subject has been broached before, and this thread may be helpful:

Pets and Passenger Companies

Also, here's our starter pack; be SURE to read the 2nd article down, Brett's free book!

This is a GREAT catch'all (most) application that takes very little time, and you'll just input those parameters into the 'one and done' form, as well.

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Best to you, on the journey!! Keep us posted~!!

~ Anne ~

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Hey Dan CFI will.

PackRat's Comment
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Prime, Inc. does, as well as many companies. Take a look at that link that Anne included.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yes prime will allow a company driver 1 passenger AND 1 pet under 30 pounds

Mikey B.'s Comment
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There are many companies that will allow both at the same time. When you start calling companies always be sure to ask and ask if there is a waiting period to have a passenger, some companies want you to wait a short period of time but it is very doable.

PackRat's Comment
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Another big item is the breed (if it's a dog), and the species of pet. Some companies will not allow a cat, others will, then another company may prohibit reptiles.

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