Dart Transportation????

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D-Wash's Comment
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I would like to know if Anybody here could tell me if Dart Transportation is a descent starter company to drive for. I notice online that their big on Lease deals, but what about company drivers???

Old School's Comment
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D-Wash, we don't have any one in here that has worked for Dart. We had one guy a while back that came in here with a ridiculous rant about how sorry the free barbecue sauce was that Dart served him at orientation! confused.gif Needless to say he didn't last long in this forum or at his job.

I really don't know much about them. But I do know how you succeed at trucking. You go in with a great attitude, and plan on showing them you're the type that can take care of his business. Don't be confrontational and learn to be a problem solver without having to worry your dispatcher with every little detail of what's hindering you. If you can be an independent type of person who can figure out how to get things done you can make it at Dart or anywhere else for that matter.

Dispatcher:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

D-Wash's Comment
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Hey Old School, Man I Always love your answers and I listen when you talk. I will do exactly what you said and I Appreciate your response,,, Stay Safe my friend!!!!!!

ATXJEHU's Comment
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No personal experience with Dart, but have talked to a couple of their drivers who had leases. They told me the net money was about the same as being a company driver, but they had more freedom and choices as a lease operator.

D-Wash's Comment
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Cool....Thanks for that ATXJEHU..I Appreciate you for your response and taking the time to help a recent graduate!!!!

Errol V.'s Comment
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No personal experience with Dart, but have talked to a couple of their drivers who had leases. They told me the net money was about the same as being a company driver, but they had more freedom and choices as a lease operator.

Atxjehu, the line that the money's the same is what TT says all along. The "freedom of choice" might make the difference for some, if they want to put up with the business owner stuff.

Old School, I wish TT had a Hall of Fame for people like BBQ sauce Guy. Going to trucking school and complaining about the BBQ sauce (twice!) in his rant is just plain silly.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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No personal experience with Dart, but have talked to a couple of their drivers who had leases. They told me the net money was about the same as being a company driver, but they had more freedom and choices as a lease operator.

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Atxjehu, the line that the money's the same is what TT says all along. The "freedom of choice" might make the difference for some, if they want to put up with the business owner stuff.

Old School, I wish TT had a Hall of Fame for people like BBQ sauce Guy. Going to trucking school and complaining about the BBQ sauce (twice!) in his rant is just plain silly.

Errol.... did you mean "Hall of Fame"? ~~Or~~ "Hall of Shame"? confused.gif

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Atxjehu, the line that the money's the same is what TT says all along. The "freedom of choice" might make the difference for some, if they want to put up with the business owner stuff.

Keep something in mind about leasing. You may have more freedom of choice over where you run, when you run, and what loads you take. But your company has the freedom of choice regarding what freight they're willing to give you, if any. There is no law that says your company has to give you enough freight to make your lease payments. It wouldn't take them long to starve you out and drain your escrow accounts dry.

So don't confuse having the 'freedom of choice' with having the 'right to turn a profit'. The idea that you're in control as a lease driver is a facade and a lot of guys find that out the hard way. Normally it won't be a problem in the first few months you're leasing. They'll keep you rolling and pad your escrow accounts to make sure you get off to a decent start because they know:

1) After a short time of running your own business you'll be hooked. You'll do anything to keep it afloat

2) People love bragging about the fact that they own or lease a truck and they'll do so the most in the first few months. So companies try hard to make sure those first few months go really well so you'll run your big mouth to all the other truckers out there about how dumb they are for not leasing a truck.

Think I'm kidding? Give leasing a shot and get back to me in two years. Let me know how it's going.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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I used to see Dart drivers alot when I worked a dedicated account. In talking with them last year they all spoke highly of the management. I went lease 8 months ago and dont see them like before so I don't know any current info. I know over the past 2 years they have revamped their lease program and dropped the time on the job to qualify to lease with them. The program I am in works for me, but is a tremendous amount of work and stress at times. I make better money than our company drivers, but I earn every penny of it. I do love the flexibity I have, but remember you are on the hook when things break. I have had my share of challenges and spent alot of money in the process. I am very anal about my truck and when I find things I fix them right away. I have even had shop supervisors asking me why I wanted something done because it wasn't that necessary at that time. It's been a learning process, but I am pleased with my decision. It is not for everyone. My dispatcher has consistently told me I am in the top 5% money earners on my fleet. I take the good with the bad, work hard, and provide good customer service. It has been noticied and pays me back in so many ways. Just the way that works for me

Dispatcher:

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.
The Kraken's Comment
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I used to see Dart drivers alot when I worked a dedicated account. In talking with them last year they all spoke highly of the management. I went lease 8 months ago and dont see them like before so I don't know any current info. I know over the past 2 years they have revamped their lease program and dropped the time on the job to qualify to lease with them. The program I am in works for me, but is a tremendous amount of work and stress at times. I make better money than our company drivers, but I earn every penny of it. I do love the flexibity I have, but remember you are on the hook when things break. I have had my share of challenges and spent alot of money in the process. I am very anal about my truck and when I find things I fix them right away. I have even had shop supervisors asking me why I wanted something done because it wasn't that necessary at that time. It's been a learning process, but I am pleased with my decision. It is not for everyone. My dispatcher has consistently told me I am in the top 5% money earners on my fleet. I take the good with the bad, work hard, and provide good customer service. It has been noticied and pays me back in so many ways. Just the way that works for me

That's good to go PJ!

Dispatcher:

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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