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Serah D.'s Comment
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Hi, does anyone have an info about Southern Refrigerated Transport? Have been on their website but would like to hear from anyone who either works for them or anyone with any kind of info. Thanks.

Starcar's Comment
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Serah, if you have read much on this site, you will know that other than drivers that are on here and have or are driving for SRT, we really don't keep a running tab on companies, good, bad or otherwise. Its a quicksand pit to try and do that. So what we tell folks who are wrestling with what company to go with.....PICK THE COMPANY THAT FITS YOU....the one that will get you home ( it runs close to your house), the one that hauls the type of freight you want to haul (refrigerated, dry box, flatbed, tanker, etc), the company that pays what you'd like to make or offers raises that look good to you, the company that may have a rider policy, pet policy, etc... The list goes on and on. So instead of asking others about any certain company, you need to write down a list of things YOU want, then start talking with recruiters....and you need to apply at ALOT of companies....you will do yourself a service by giving yourself alot of options.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Hi, does anyone have an info about Southern Refrigerated Transport? Have been on their website but would like to hear from anyone who either works for them or anyone with any kind of info. Thanks.

(Insert company name here) is a great company to work for......

I know this does not answer your question but Starcar hit the nail on the head. A good company to you may not be a good company for me.

Example....Prime is a great company to work for. Well maintained equipment and excellent starting pay but I won't work for them. They require hazmat and the ability to cross into Canada. I don't want to get my hazmat again and I refuse to leave the country.

So that means Prime is not a good fit for me. It's not what I want or am looking for even though Prime is a great company itself. See what I mean. Only you know what you want. Make a list of what you want then seek those companies out the closely match your list. You will not get a 100% match but you can get close.

In 16 years I have seen the good,bad and ugly in trucking and despite all the negativity I can go to any trucking company in America an do really well. But again I am a bit bias towards trucking cause I really love it. I am experienced with dealing with company hierarchy. I know how to work with a dm. Most companies run the same business model and I know ow where I fit in.

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

Dm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Michael Y.'s Comment
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Example....Prime is a great company to work for. Well maintained equipment and excellent starting pay but I won't work for them. They require hazmat and the ability to cross into Canada. I don't want to get my hazmat again and I refuse to leave the country.

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When I asked my recruiter at Prime about needing to have HAZMAT he said it wasn't required. But then that could be just the "give the answer they want to hear to get them here" answer. Either way, I'm prepared to have my HAZMAT.

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

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Just look at the requirements on Prime 's website. It may have change in the last 6 months since I looked. But hazmat and Fast Pass/passport was required.

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

Michael Y.'s Comment
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Just look at the requirements on Prime 's website. It may have change in the last 6 months since I looked. But hazmat and Fast Pass/passport was required.

It may be required for flatbed, since the tanker division is only food grade, and I don't think they would put hazmat into the reefers due to hauling mostly food products in them. I could be wrong on that one. They don't have a dry van division.

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

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Just look at the requirements on Prime 's website. It may have change in the last 6 months since I looked. But hazmat and Fast Pass/passport was required.

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It may be required for flatbed, since the tanker division is only food grade, and I don't think they would put hazmat into the reefers due to hauling mostly food products in them. I could be wrong on that one. They don't have a dry van division.

Hazmat can be hauled in refer trailer. The trailer type does not matter. Paint or even concentrateD orange juice i be considered hazmat.

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

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Thank you Starcar and Guyjax. Good advise. Will do that. Have a great weekend.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Prime does require Hazmat.

Prime's website

Read along and it'll say that you'll need to get certified in Hazmat. My recruiter never said a word about it but when I graduated Orientation my DM told me I needed to get it. But if you're an experienced driver they'll give you some time to get it. But if you're coming in as a student then you'll get it before you become 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.

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

Dm:

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.
Starcar's Comment
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Irregardless if a company "requires" HazMat.....it will serve you well in the future to jump thru the hoops and get it now...It makes you a more valuable employee to your present company, and to any company you wish to go to in the future. And I don't know of a company that DOESN'T haul HM...since it pay better than regular loads....

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

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