Is this a red flag

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  1. TurkeyCreekJackJohnson

    TurkeyCreekJackJohnson Light Load Member

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    A UT OTR Company website state "25th year of operation..." "73662 loads delivered" "51,626,862 Miles driven" but has a DOT# in the 5xxxxx's.

    The CSA score doesn't look crazy to me, but I'm no expert in interpretation of a CSA score as it pertains to employer suitability.

    Maybe some could share their thoughts on both?
     
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  3. mitrucker

    mitrucker Road Train Member

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    A six digit DOT number starting with a 5? That is a good sign.
     
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  4. TurkeyCreekJackJohnson

    TurkeyCreekJackJohnson Light Load Member

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    Thanks! I double checked to make sure I typed it correctly against what I read. Yup 6 digits. I had dealings recently with a company that 7 digits starting with a 4. I don't fully understand the correlation. But some folks were surprised at a 7 digit number beginning in a 4. I think I will look closer at this company. Thanks again for your insights.
     
  5. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    The higher the DOT number the newer the company.
     
  6. TurkeyCreekJackJohnson

    TurkeyCreekJackJohnson Light Load Member

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    Is there a possibility where a new company could get an old DOT#? Thanks for your help.
     
  7. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

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    Yes a new company or person can buy the old company and continue to operate as is. Using the old Name , DOT and MC numbers.
     
  8. TurkeyCreekJackJohnson

    TurkeyCreekJackJohnson Light Load Member

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    So I have found instances that caused me concern that I recently have experienced.

    I'm being contacted with job offers but the person contacting me refuses to give company name and DOT#. They want you call or fill out their application, then they will answer questions. Seem like a red flag to me

    Some of the "companies" that do provide a DOT#, their business address is just a house or an apartment. Should I discount these companies or do a lot of trucking companies operate out of a house or apartment?
     
  9. TurkeyCreekJackJohnson

    TurkeyCreekJackJohnson Light Load Member

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    Also a lot of 1 truck and one driver on there CSA page.
     
  10. lual

    lual Road Train Member

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    I'd spoken to a large carrier before -- the recruiter wanted me to fill out an app before she would answer any of my questions.

    It happens.

    I moved on.

    The house or apartment location tells me the carrier(s) in question must be a VERY SMALL fleet.

    Probably a bit too small.

    The conventional wisdom suggests that the best trucking fleets (generally speaking) are mid-sized (like at least 500 tractors).

    If you sign up with a really small fleet....and the economy tanks (as more are predicting of late)....you could be looking for another gig before long.

    Personally, given your history -- I think you deserve better.

    A LOT better.

    BTW: what did you learn (if anything) from Lone Star, in Texas?

    -- L
     
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    TurkeyCreekJackJohnson Light Load Member

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    That's what what was in my mind. My last company only had 3 trucks. But the owner did have an actual office at one of those shared executive office things. However, my truck need a complete emissions replacement and just like that I'm unemployed.

    No answer from lonestar to the email I sent. I have clear day tomorrow so I'm going to call the recruiter line. More to follow.
     
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