Sweet Express... Anyone Know Of Them?

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Kerry L.'s Comment
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So, I have been in contact with this company, Sweet Express. They hire right out of CDL school, paying $800/week during training (6weeks) and 50 CPM to run solo. The work is dry van with the company based in Grand Rapids, MI. Just looking to see if anyone here might know about the company and maybe, just maybe, there is a driver for the company that hangs around here. *Fingers crossed*

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Never heard of them. Looked them up on SMS and they have 381 trucks, 328 drivers and 808 violations.

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Kerry L.'s Comment
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Never heard of them. Looked them up on SMS and they have 381 trucks, 328 drivers and 808 violations.

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Would that be considered a lot of violations? If so, would it be fair to assume said company wouldn't be too supportive of me saying, "Nope, can't do that because it is not safe and legal," to a potentially dangerous demand? I guess I am picturing a small company that just wants drivers to drive and doesn't want to hear things about can't/won't chain up in Rocky Mtns, can't/won't drive I-10 near Morongo Valley, CA during 40 knot winds. Recruiter told me that they have loads that go all 48 states, so that is why I mentioned those notoriously dangerous places for trucks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pianoman's Comment
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According to that screenshot it’s 808 inspections and looks like they’re below the National average for violations so looks all right to me

Kerry L.'s Comment
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According to that screenshot it’s 808 inspections and looks like they’re below the National average for violations so looks all right to me

Awesome. Sounds good. Being a CDL grad with no experience, I don't want to end up with a company that really doesn't care about safety. I have read posts of people dealing with nightmare situations where an office person is pushing a driver to do something the driver doesn't feel is safe. So, when the other poster mentioned that many violations, visions of such scenarios creeped into my mind.

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. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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According to that screenshot it’s 808 inspections and looks like they’re below the National average for violations so looks all right to me

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Awesome. Sounds good. Being a CDL grad with no experience, I don't want to end up with a company that really doesn't care about safety. I have read posts of people dealing with nightmare situations where an office person is pushing a driver to do something the driver doesn't feel is safe. So, when the other poster mentioned that many violations, visions of such scenarios creeped into my mind.

Say "390.6" ... as needed. Under your breath, or out loud. FMCSA / coercion. Look it up; TT wouldn't accommodate the link, sorry!

Pretty sure YOU got the green book handy, eh?!?!? ;)

~ 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.

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

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.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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According to that screenshot it’s 808 inspections and looks like they’re below the National average for violations so looks all right to me

Yeppers!! #'s look good, tbh !

~ Anne & Tom ~

Kerry L.'s Comment
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According to that screenshot it’s 808 inspections and looks like they’re below the National average for violations so looks all right to me

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Awesome. Sounds good. Being a CDL grad with no experience, I don't want to end up with a company that really doesn't care about safety. I have read posts of people dealing with nightmare situations where an office person is pushing a driver to do something the driver doesn't feel is safe. So, when the other poster mentioned that many violations, visions of such scenarios creeped into my mind.

double-quotes-end.png

Say "390.6" ... as needed. Under your breath, or out loud. FMCSA / coercion. Look it up; TT wouldn't accommodate the link, sorry!

Pretty sure YOU got the green book handy, eh?!?!? ;)

~ Anne ~

Don't have the green book, but I have links to it and can easily access PDF version. Thank you for that tidbit.

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.

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

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.
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