Many trucking companies will allow their drivers to take pets in the truck with them, and may charge a refundable or non-refundable deposit, flat fees, and/or cleaning fees.
The FMCSA has not issued any regulations regarding pets in the truck, as long as safety is not compromised.
Driver's should always carry proof of their pets' vaccination against rabies, at least, and many states require a Certificate Of Veterinary Inspection to bring animals across state lines.
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Generally, any damage that a pet does, or any additional cleaning necessary, will be charged against a drivers deposit, or deducted from their paycheck.
Drivers will normally not be allowed to take a pet along for either CDL training school or while on the road in company training.
Companies that operate mainly local, LTL , or regional routes will generally have a "no pets" policy, as will companies that primarily haul refrigerated freight.
As trucking companies are constantly changing their policies on allowing drivers to bring animals on the road, and policies vary wildly from company-to-company, it is very important that drivers double-check with the companies themselves.
As companies are constantly updating and revising their pet policies, you should double-check with each company. Our list of trucking companies that allow pets on the road is updated as we get new information.
1 dog per driver, $500 deposit, no size limits. Eligible after probation period, 90 days for recent grads 30 days for drivers with over 6 months experience.
No specifics given.
Flexible pet policy with no pet-deposit. As a general rule they have a “three-heartbeat” policy. One or two pets are fine, additional pets need to be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Students are not allowed pets for the duration of the training program and must complete a 60-day solo probationary period before they are allowed to have a pet onboard.
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.
A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.
Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.
Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.
LTL carriers include:
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
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.
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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).
A refrigerated trailer.
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Darrel Wilson bought his first tractor in 1980 at age 20, but, being too young to meet OTR age requirements, he leased the truck out and hired a driver.
Through growth and acquisition, Wil-Trans now employs over 200 drivers, and has a long-standing partnership with Prime, Inc. to haul their refrigerated freight. The family of businesses also includes Jim Palmer Trucking and O & S Trucking.