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Driver Requirements
  • Be professional in appearance
    We do have a dress code, which will be addressed at orientation.
  • Age Requirement
    Horizon Transport's independent contractor drivers must be at least 23 years of age.
  • Driver's License Requirement
    Horizon Transport strongly recommends a Class-A CDL for all Tow-Away drivers.  An operator’s license with a for-hire endorsement* is acceptable, however not all loads will be accessible without a CDL-A license.
  • *Not all states offer a “for-hire” endorsement, also referred to as a Chauffer’s License.  For drivers from states that do not offer this endorsement, an operator’s license is acceptable.  (Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee are examples of states that do offer this endorsement.)
  • Earn significantly more money delivering to Canada.
    Canadian access recommended (not required)
    Deliveries to Canada currently pay as much as 20 additional cents per mile more than domestic delivery rates.

    US passport, passport card, or any US state dept. approved document
    US State Department passport information

    How do I get a passport from the post office?
    US Post Office passport information

    How would I access a passport using an expedited service?
    An example of a service that can provide as little as a 2 day turn around time
    RushMyPassport.com
  • Acceptable PSP: (Only CDL drivers need a PSP) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's pre-employment screening progrm (PSP):
    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's pre-employment screening program (PSP) is a program that helps motor carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing electronic access to a driver's crash and inspection history from the MCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). PSP records are now available for motor carriers and commercial drivers.

    You may obtain a PSP by clicking this link: (Only CDL drivers need a PSP)
      http://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov/pages/default.aspx
  • Acceptable MVR
    You must obtain a motor vehicle report from your local DMV office. If you have had more than one license in the last 3 years, then we require a report from each individual state.
    Reports will be checked for the previous 3 years. It cannot contain more than 1 moving violation or a total of 4 points. There must be no moving violation suspensions.
    ***A history of Drug-related convictions, DUI, DWI, OWI, careless driving, reckless driving or habitual offender convictions will disqualify an applicant from further consideration. ***
  • Full 10 year work history
    You must document a full 10 year work history on your application. If you have any gap of more than 60 days between jobs or more than 4 work references, you must submit a professional letter of recommendation.
    What is a professional letter?
  • Road Test
    Pass a company road test.
  • Pass a DOT Drug test at Horizon Transport specified facility
    Drug testing must be done in Wakarusa on day 1 of orientation. The current cost is $45.00.
  • Pass a DOT Physical
    May use existing physical if it has been administered within the previous 6 months of your application date. Physical testing can be done locally for $45.00.
  • Phone
    Every driver must have a active cell phone. (Before you come to orientation have an active cell phone and voice mail established.)
  • Plate deposit
    Each contractor will be assigned transporter plates during orientation. The refundable deposit requirement is $50.00 for two plates.
  • Damage Deposit
    Each qualified contractor is required to establish a damage deposit during the orientation period. The damage deposit is $1000. We understand that this can be a hardship for new contractors. Therefore, two options are available.
    1. Personal check, money order or cash.
    2. You may have 10% of each trip deducted until you attain the $1000 level.
Equipment Requirements
Insurance

  • A popular option is: Non Trucking Liability Insurance ($500,000 minimum policy)

What is Non Trucking Liability?

Brown & Brown
Contact: Pam St. John
Phone: 800-846-7873
E-mail: pstjohn@bbtoledo.com

Brown & Brown's Flyer

Current Brown & Brown price:
Starting at $40.00 per month
with a $1 million limit
(Non-trucking liability only)

CCR
Contact: Dwayne Goad
Phone: 877-814-1236
E-mail: dwayne@ccrins.com

CCR's Flyer
 

 

It will be the contractor's responsibility to provide standard Comprehensive and Collision coverage for the truck. The bobtail coverage is in addition to this standard coverage.

 

Truck
  • You must submit a copy of your vehicle registration
  • Truck model must be no more then 5 years old
    Horizon requires trucks to be no more then 5 years old and no smaller than 3/4 ton. This means you may come aboard with a 5 years old truck or newer, model truck and you may continue to use that truck as long as it is safe, reliable, and presentable. Trucks older than 5 years are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have a truck older than 5 years, please contact our recruiting department for additional information.
  • Truck must be owned
    If your truck is under a lease we will not process your application.
  • Truck License Plate
    The truck's license plate must be sufficient to legalize a combination of truck and trailer up to 26,000 lbs. Horizon recommends the equivalent of an Indiana 26,000 lbs truck plate, but NO MORE than 26,000 lbs.

  • Truck must be a full size ¾ or 1 ton (dually not necessary) ½ ton equipment will be allowed. (Please contact recruiter for those qualifications)
  • Must submit a completed DOT inspection
    Inspection can be done at the following location:
    • Dan's Service Center- Elkhart, IN
    • D&M Automotive
    • Monteith Tire, Wakarusa, IN
    • Moore Custom Trailers, Nappanee, IN
    Note: Before a DOT truck inspection is administered, you must have an emergency triangle kit and a mounted fire extinguisher in your truck.
  • Truck must be equipped with the following:
    1. Class III receiver
            
      Rated at least 10,000 pounds
    2. 5th wheel link to picture of 5th wheel hitch
      (A 5th wheel is optional, but not mandatory to start)
             Rated at least 20,000 pounds
    3. Gooseneck hitch link to picture of Gooseneck
      (A Gooseneck is optional, but not mandatory to start)

      Note: Horizon Transport does not mandate an applicant possesses a 5th wheel or gooseneck hitch. However, we strongly recommend acquiring these hitches. Roughly 30% of the available loads would require a 5th wheel hitch. Possessing all 3 hitches will allow a contractor to increase earnings.
    4. Full width mud flaps link to picture of mud flaps
            Located at rear bumper, as well as mud flaps directly behind the tire
    5. Extended mirrors link to picture of extended mirrors
            
      for 102 inch trailers
    6. Distribution bar link to picture of distributon bar
             with 1,000 pound load
    7. Credit card link to picture of Credit card
            
      for your own truck repairs (on the road)
    8. Torque wrench link to picture of Torque wrench
             rating of 125 pounds (to tighten trailer lugs at the beginning of a trip)
             with 3 deep well 6 point socket sizes: 7/8, 13/16, and 3/4
    9. Electric brakes control link to picture of Electric brakes
    10. Appropriate bed plug and bumper plug link to picture of bed and bumper plug
    11. 2 ball sizes: 2" and 2 5/16" link to picture of ball sizes
    12. Electric brake break away battery link to picture of Break away battery
            DOT requires the battery to be a  "wet" cell battery not a dry cell
            You can buy battery at Dan's Service Center in Wakarusa, IN when you come for Orientation
    13. Emergency Triangle Kit link to picture of Break away battery
    14. Mounted fire extinguisher in your truck link to picture of Break away battery

    Optional Equipment:
    1. Pintle Hook link to picture of Pintle Hook
    2. Need four 27 foot tie down straps link to picture of a strap
            
      that are 2 inches wide. These are used for securing stacked loads.
    3. General Tool Kit link to picture of General Tools
    4. Set of Fuses for your truck link to picture of Fuses for truck
Can I use a 4 wheel drive pickup truck?
Yes, as long as the bed rail measures 57" and under, from the ground to the top of the rail.
What if I have a 6 foot bed?
Horizon Transport will lease on your truck bed under 8 foot long.
1. Your truck bed must not be less than 6 feet in length. Horizon will measure your bed at orientation and you will be refused lease if it measures less than 6 feet.
2. If you possess or plan on installing a 5th wheel, the 5th wheel must be a slider hitch assembly.
Example of Slider Hitch
Fuel tank in bed of pickup? or any items in bed of pickup?
Any loose items in the bed must be secured for travel. Any items such as a fuel tank, tool box, etc. that may extend over the bed rails are prohibited. The clearance space needed for safe trailer transport operations requires no item to extend above the bed railing
How do I outfit my truck with all the required equipment?
Horizon Transport sits in the epicenter of the RV production world. This means there are many qualified vendors in our area prepared to help you with your equipment needs. These vendors outfit many trucks in our industry. Please shop the following vendors for pricing and service. You may outfit your truck wherever you would like, but we offer you these vendor options as a choice for you.