Can Truck Drivers Bring Pets On The Road?

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Patrick L.'s Comment
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Are there any companies anymore that will allow you to carry your pet? All I have researched so far do not allow pets.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Britton R.'s Comment
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Prime. But the deposit is pretty steep though. I believe you can of you own your truck as well

Starcar's Comment
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Companies go hot and cold about pets. I personally think that pets are a good thing in a truck. They get the driver out of the seat, and walking around about every 2 hours. but companies are looking at the damage that pets can do to a truck. The question about pets will have to be asked to the recruiters you talk to...good luck

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Some companies that do have a pet policy might limit it to "Dog Policy," or "Only One Dog Policy."

But Brett is correct. Companies change their policy on pets all the time. A company that had a pet policy a few years back, might not allow pets today.

Dave

Fatsquatch 's Comment
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Central just re-allowed pets on their trucks a few months ago, but from what I understand the deposit is pretty steep. I talked to another Central driver a couple weeks back who had a dog with him and was just kind of hoping the company didn't notice because the deposit was so high. I can't remember how much he said it was, but it was enough to make me choke on my iced tea.

As an aside, I really don't recommend doing what he's doing and hoping nobody notices your dog/cat/squirrel/emu/whatever on the truck. That's a good way to find yourself out of a job if/when you get caught.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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As an aside, I really don't recommend doing what he's doing and hoping nobody notices your dog/cat/squirrel/emu/whatever on the truck. That's a good way to find yourself out of a job if/when you get caught.

Amen to that. I totally agree. That's a fireable offense unfortunately. And don't think for a second that people won't rat on you. The drivers at your own company will blow you in faster than anyone. If they can't have something, they're gonna make sure nobody else can either. And customers will blow you in because many of them don't allow pets on the premises.

And the same goes with passengers - never have anyone in the truck that doesn't have written permission. You'll be out on your butt in a heartbeat. Even the DOT will check to see that you have written permission for all passengers (not pets though).

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.

Patrick L.'s Comment
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Thanks yall at the time I got my dog I was planning on staying in the field Im in now but as we all know things change. Thanks again for all the info on here.

Patrick L.'s Comment
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OK, well I found a company that has a pet policy and they are only an hour from my house. My new question is, does anyone on here have experience with PTL? I read a lot of bad about them on another page but I also talked to a friend of mine that worked for them years ago and he said they were fine. Seems their pay is more or less in line with everyone else and they have a pet policy, and they are close to home, so far they are topping my list. The reason I even ask this question is I read they are tough on there home time and their trailers are garbage.

Jeff L.'s Comment
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Are there any companies anymore that will allow you to carry your pet? All I have researched so far do not allow pets.

I have spoke to quite a few companies that do allow pets (under certain weight and mostly dogs) Yes the deposit is steep. I have a 6 yr old yorkie that weighs about 5 lbs and has never chewed anything up. But I understand the reasoning for the deposit. The only thing I would hope is that they would consider giving some if not all of the deposit once it is determined the pet caused no damage. I know drivers who have caused more damage then pets :)

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