Dart

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The Dart Network is there to provide you with the same quality service we’ve been providing since 1934. Our wide variety of transportation and logistics solutions allow us to provide customers with tailored strategies to make sure your specific supply chain needs are met and exceeded.

While Dart Transit Company is one of the largest and most innovative truckload van carriers in the nation, we’re small enough to focus on your success. We’ve built an outstanding network of professional drivers, because we believe drivers should be happy and successful. That’s why Dart has one of the lowest turnover rates in the trucking industry.

For over 80 years, Dart has been, and remains, a safe, innovative, family-owned business.  We've designed trailers with more capacity, we've reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and we've invested in safety technology in order to help drivers be safe and successful.  And it’s all thanks to our commitment to integrity and innovation. Find out what Dart can do for you.

Salary

Benefits:

Owner/Operators

  • Immediate settlements, whenever YOU choose. Dart gives you the flexibility to settle after any load. And with in-cab scanning, you can even settle loads in the comfort of your own truck.
  • Flexible pay rate options. As an owner operator, you're the boss—which means choosing how you earn. Want flat-rate mileage pay? Or a graduated mileage scale? Or would you prefer a percentage of the load revenue? Dart offers multiple contract options.
  • Convenient direct deposit. Dart takes the hassle out of getting paid. Direct deposit is available for the owner operator who wants one less thing to worry about.
  • Detention and layover pay.
  • Bonuses. Add to your income with a sign-on bonus ($1,500–$5,000), driver referrals ($500–$2000) and perfect DOT Inspections.
  • Become a driver trainer. Are you an owner operator who enjoys sharing your knowledge of the road? If so, you can earn extra pay as a Dart instructor. We'll provide you with the tips you need to be an effective trainer so when you're riding side-by-side with a driver trainee, you'll be prepared to cover the necessary materials.

§  Paid base-plate and permits package. Most tolls and scale slips are also reimbursed so you can choose the route that makes the most sense for you!

§  Affordable trucking insurance & medical insurance. Owner operators can enroll in excellent comprehensive insurance programs, including:

    • Tractor
    • Deadhead
    • Occupational accident
    • And more!
  • Fuel discounts. Last year alone, Dart owner operators saved $7,000,000 just by purchasing fuel within the Advantage® Fuel Network, which includes over 1,100 participating truck stops.
  • Fuel tax program. Buy fuel in the states where it's cheapest—you pocket the savings! And Dart will handle all of your fuel tax reports.
  • Low-cost trucks. Save a bundle on your new or used truck through Highway Sales, Inc. Financing is available to get you the best possible deal.
  • Discounted maintenance and parts. Dart owner operators get exclusive deals at any Dart Safety Lane across the country—plus dependable ASE-certified mechanics and on-the-spot casing credit.
  • Discounted phone and internet. Save on service every month and anytime you buy a phone.

 

Fleet Driver:

  • Available sign-on bonuses!
  • Breakdown pay after 1st day
  • $500 orientation pay (paid upon completion of orientation)
  • Extra stop pay
  • Detention pay after 2 hours
  • Cartage or dray pay
  • Up to $100 for "perfect" DOT inspection
  • Layover pay
  • Fuel bonus. Dart offers an additional $0.03/mile monthly fuel bonus based on idle time and out-of-route miles to qualified drivers.
  • Referral bonus. As a Dart fleet driver, you'll receive $1,000 for every driver you refer! Collect your bonus after your referral delivers their first load.
  • Become a driver trainer. Help train the fleet drivers of tomorrow, and earn extra mileage pay! As a Dart instructor, you'll ride side-by-side with driver trainees, teaching them what it takes to be a great driver for a great fleet trucking company. We'll provide you with all the materials you need to be an effective instructor.
  • Paid Vacation. It pays to stick with Dart for the long haul.
  • 1 week after 1 year
  • 2 weeks after 2 years
  • 3 weeks after 5 years
  • 4 weeks after 12 years
  • Holiday Pay. Our drivers receive 6 paid holidays per year, so they don't have to sacrifice pay to enjoy the holidays.
  • Comprehensive Insurance Program.
  • Medical and Hospitalization Insurance (check with your recruiter for current rates)
  • Life Insurance ($10,000 coverage)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance ($10,000 coverage)
  • Dental Insurance (single and family options)
  • 401(k)

 

Pay:

          Company Drivers Average Pay $65,000/yr

          Owner Operator Earn Up to $170,000/yr + Fuel Surcharge

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Reviews Review this Company

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Pros
U can work how u like
Cons
Do ur home work before coming here

I work here twice the first time I made money now I came back I'm not making no money at all

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
Better than unemployment. No job support, you're on your own. Drivers are treated as disposable commodities.
Cons
Quick to collect, slow to refund.

If you decide to work here, there are two significant issues you need to be aware of - 1) They are slow to pay detention, layover, etc. You will file for detention, but it may take 3-4 weeks for them to pay you for it. They make 110% sure that if you owe them money, that they get their money. But, if you are owed momey... you'll eventually get it, but you'll have to stay on them about processing the paperwork to get you the money you are owed. 2) Avoid the Dart shops lIke the plague. They don't do quality repairs, they do repairs that aren't necessary without your consent, and they will replace/repair items that have been previously repaired and bill you for it. Example: You have the engine air filter replaced as part of a PM done at a T/A. Four weeks later you go into a Dart ship for a minor repair, they will automatically replace the air filter because they think it needs to be done according to their records, and charge you for the filter. When you contest the charge as being unnecessary, they will ask for a copy of the T/A repair order that shows the engine air filter replacememt. When you provide it to them, they say they will credit you back for the filter costs. Four weeks later you haven't seen a credit on your statement, so you call the shop again, and are told they must have misplaced it and to send another copy of the RO to them. Three weeks later you still haven't seen a credit, and when you call you are told that they were behind, but they got it done and submitted to Payroll. Two weeks later the credit finally shows up in your settlement. Eventually you'll get the money back, but it takes two solid months, a half dozen phone calls, and two separate faxes to make it happen. Bottom line - Unlike some other companies that want you to succeed, Dart couldn't care less if you do or not.

Currently Employed at Company: No
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Pros
High rate of pay Pet policy
Cons
You'll never be home on time No miles Lots of sitting

If you want to be home for your scheduled home time do not come work for Dart as a company driver. Hired on right before Christmas and have been late to every hometime minus one. Including not getting home until noon Christmas day. I'm supposed to be in Central Texas today. I'm supposed to be home with my family. Instead I'm in Indiana waiting for a trailer to get loaded sometime today... That trailer has a live appointment on Monday. I'm supposed to be home every 10-14 days. I've had 2 weeks where I've gotten more than 2000 miles and it's not for lack of trying. I'll get a couple of good runs in a week and then as soon as I get over 1100ish miles all of a sudden appointment times start getting farther apart. Before I came here I was running 2800-3500 miles in a week. In a truck that was governed at 61 and a half mph. I came to Dart for the higher pay rate. Now my truck does 65mph and I can't get more than 2000 miles in a week. My advice to anyone considering this company, as a company driver, is to run far far away.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
Good pay, honest dispatchers, great benefits. Very little to complain about working for them.
Cons
None really. As long as a Driver understands that dispatch doesn't and can't know everything about you, the truck or load you can always work out any problem with them.

Dispatch is spot-on. No forced dispatch and their philosophy is Driver first. Equipment is newer, paid miles around 2500 + all depending on the driver and how much he/she wants to work. Sirius/XM in every truck.

Currently Employed at Company: Yes
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Pros
average pay
Cons
sleeper

Work everyday

Currently Employed at Company: Yes

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Pay
$2,700 per Week
Position
Owner Operator
Trailer Type
53
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
Ellenwood Ga
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$150,000 per Year
Position
Owner Operator
Trailer Type
53' xx
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
Eagan, MN
Currently Employed at Company: No
Pay
$50,000 per Year
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
53' Van
Years of CDL Experience
2 Years
Location
Lexington, SC
Pay
$650 per Week
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
Dry van
Years of CDL Experience
3 Years
Location
Kempner, TX
Currently Employed at Company: Yes
Pay
$50,000 per Year
Position
Company Driver
Trailer Type
53' Dry Van
Years of CDL Experience
5+ Years
Location
Eagan, MN
Currently Employed at Company: Yes

Discussion


chevyman85
Dart Lease Purchase

Q: Are the trucks governed?

A: Governed at 65 mph

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mydogIzzy
Dart Lease Purchase

Ive been in the lease purchase 2 years in oct. The running an money side isnt bad considering im in a '16 cascadia. My biggest complaint is getting to the house. Have jumped thru hoops for 2 years. Guess south texas isnt a hot freight lane for dart. Schneider even passed on my app today. Lol

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T_TRUCKER.
Dart Lease Purchase

Q: I'm curious what Dart pays i's Lease/Purchase operators per mile. Can anyone answer that question?

 

A: Yes they pay per mile rate depends on which division you run in.

 

A: OTR 1.00 per mile zip code to zip code
91 cent empty

 

A: I am on dedicated,we get 1.02 plus fuel loaded and mt

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mydogIzzy
Dart Lease Purchase

Fuel surcharge is garbage now but with the discounts in fuel no complaints with that. 
Never coming down to walmart Brookhaven MS again,told them to make a note of it sitting here two days now for an empty.
I didn't realize that you had to sit here and watch them put a trailer against the dock and then go sit in front of it like you're claiming property. ########.
Not only that I sat for 21 hours on a dispatched load that came here and it wasn't even ready and they're only going to pay me 11 hours detention. They said they're going to pay me for my time here but I doubt it.
Trucks are castrated at 65 but after six months and an average of 10000 miles, you can bump it up to 67.
Even at 65 mph my average is 6.3 miles per gallon. 2016 Freightliner dd13 ####s all over itself up a hill even with an empty trailer. I won't even get into the "on guard" crash avoidance system it's garbage.
Very few light loads everything seems to be 40000 + heaviest one I pulled, load of beer 48000 + including dunnage.
Anything I pulled out of GP has been 44000, big rolls of paper no paper cups or paper plates. P&G has lighter loads
I can go home and stay as long as I want but when you leave the house you don't get paid empty miles.
If you stay too long and don't save settlements to pay for your "rental" during your home time, when you leave out you will haul freight for free until you catch up.
Maybe dedicated is ok but I've spoke with several them and they're not doing much better. They have lost accounts.
Maybe things will get better if the freight picks up but with fuel prices as low as they are, not anytime soon.

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Rookmon1
DSL Dayton

A: Hey everybody, this is Rookmon1 chimin' in on the TR about my time with Dart. Been mad busy since I completed my training with a guy in their Nor-east shorthaul last december, working 6 days a week non-stop, but finally will type a report.

I'm a rookie driver: went with Dart above all because the job description i found listed at indeed.com was offering to new drivers a home daily, 1000 bucks a 5-day week (before taxes and deductions): plus i got roots in Minnesota where they're based at. Compared to everything else i was considering at the time, where i'd be out atleast 5 days a week, this was the best choice. 

It's running for the big new P&G Dayton Mixing Center, typically doing shuttles back and forth from their Lima manufacturing to Dayton/Vandalia, right next to Dayton Intl Airport: I might get 1 or 2 loads going to customers in Indiana or Kentucky in a week. Dart recently bought into the old Emery terminal on the other side of the airport, and are almost ready to open their maintenance garage there (Dart Safety Lane - DSL), where I imagine many trucks and trailers will be brought there over time, saving a trip to Sellersburg or having to hire outside of the company.

Everything was slow in coming, from the recruiting process to starting with the new dedicated account - they kept me busy for 3 months running Ohio shorthaul - but have eventually lived up to their word: albeit I work 6 days a week (65-70hrs.) now in order to get over that $1000 a week measure - which is not so great - but I am patiently doing my bid and toting my worth, expecting that to improve quick enough. 

Another thing I would add in is it is a challenge to make the 3 loads a day within a 12 hour day, under the slipseat arrangement they want us to keep. Many of us drive their CNG trucks which have to be refueled atleast once a day at practically the same place every time, which eats up it's share of time in a week. I see a lot of drivers still getting accustomed to the people-net cpu and other stuff, while many I have talked to about it do not utilize Dart's e-driver website / peoplenet online / and paperwork scanning using the Ufollowit app on a smartphone, which makes things that much quicker and easier....oh, and plug in a keyboard in the USB port in their trucks. 

 

A: Another thing, slipseating is bogus (nothing against other drivers, but not all make good partners, either). I wish there was a way to score a truck of your own, seeing how often you wind up driving other trucks, not always being able to use most of your 14, or come back to your truck prepared the way you leave it, which alone would save multiple hours a week.

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Lone Ranger 13
Starting with Dart with no experience. My tale from Interview and on going.

Good Luck..... no matter what you do just be patient. Patient with yourself and with the system. You made a wise choice staying on company side . That's comming from a Dart lease operator. Don't get me wrong it's the best company I've been with but you need to get a feel for the business and where freight lanes are located. I know people will tell you so called horror stories about leasing but they have no business acumen.I do it and do well. I will never own actruck outright nor would I ever want to do that. Even if I financed for just 2 years I would own after almist all warranty. As you know with trucks now way to many electronics and computer systems and def systems to fail. In tge 70's yeah would have owned because repairs and pm were simple but I was a teenager then.I suggest 2 years take note of freight lanes and listen to all the loudmouth COMPLAINING drivers so you can do the opposite of them and succeed. ENJOY YOUR NEW CAREER WISH YOU THE BEST

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Rookie Driver
Starting with Dart with no experience. My tale from Interview and on going.

Still here at Dart. Waiting to be loaded right now. The company treats me good. I give my dispatcher respect and i get it back. Deeons, if I remember correctly they have me a graduation bonus. I remember not being disappointed with it. Ive been to Ohio a few times in the last month. Mostly to the Dayton area. I have thought about asking g for local or a relay thing but am concerned that it won't pay as well.
I know there are companies that pay better but it seems like I hear complaining from there drivers. So far I am still happy with Dart.

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Luis_z71
Dart transit camera?

I am at Dart as a lease op, I do not have a camera and my truck is governed at 65, which is fine for me as I get 7.5 mpg consistently

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quiphauler
Question for curent Dart O/O's....

Q: truckinfast,
can you have a choice of loads or do they forced dispatch? can you get 2800 plus miles in a week and what does your take home look like on that? Looking at a 2013 or 2014 volvo670 with them. Just did a Celadon lease and that was a joke, had to run 3300 miles a week just to get around $1000 take home. need to be in the $1250 plus take home a week to be worth it. does this look possible with dart? Thanks

 

A: Jessup on national account you are given a preplan. You accept it if you like it, turn it down if you don't. You do not have access to a load board to pick and choose. 

PM me with your number I can give you as much info as your looking for. I've leased with them and owned 2 trucks since coming here in 07. It will be easier on the phone. I've also left for greener pastures once only to come back.

That goes for anyone else looking for info. PM your number I will call you if you like and try to the best of my ability to answer your questions.

 

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quiphauler
Question for curent Dart O/O's....

Dart is a good company except for the owner and his lobbying to get all trucks turned down BS, other than that they are nice people.
You may not make any money but at least they don't cuss ya out, they will run the hell out of ya tho. My truck stayed in the shop which in a way is good or else I may have had to file Workman's compensation due to a bad back because like I said they will run the hell out of ya!
As long as you run you truck slow or leave at the 62 mph by contract setting you could make some money if ya got an iron butt and stamina to boot.
You turn down a load they'll mess with your head and you won't do it no more, trust me...
As far as my pay I could have snagged about 40 bucks a day more if I got better fuel mileage.
Now as far as the lease purchase its a gamble dude a real gamble because you may be looking at a new truck at $500.00 a week just payment alone. 
I once spoke to a young man who told me he went through their program and had a nervous breakdown and his body was so wracked with stress he came down with diabetes while in the hospital because he made no money.
Again nice folks but like the proverbial saying goes "###### rolls down hill" and I think that's the problem with lease purchase programs and that is to say the driver is at the bottom of the hill... Always!!!
It takes at least $1.75 a mile just to run a truck leas purchase will gross you $1.31 average with fuel surcharge included.
And taxes you will need to set aside too 15.3 throw in a bunch of bad loads and or weather and Uncle Insane's hearing aid just fell out. 
Trust me I have and I'm still on the other side of the green pastures and all I got was ###### on my shoes and Uncle Insane came to my house too!!! Lucky I filed bankruptcy 13 or else I'd have those shinny bracelets on and a free jumpsuit too.
Its your life but take it from me do the math numbers don't lie and many of these people on this site are telling you the truth too. Go to a bank, beg borrow, steal but whatever you do use ya head for more than a NASCAR hat!

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