We do have a dress code, which will be addressed at orientation.
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.
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 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?
If you are retired, have been self-employed, or have more than 4 work references in the past 3 years you must submit a professional letter of
if you are unable to provide us with a professional letter of recommendation you
may send $50.00 (cash or money order only) in order for us to run a background check.
The letter of recommendation must be from
a professional, not related to you. A few examples may be a physicain,
attorney, minister, insurance agent, banker, business owner or manager.
The letter must be on a company letterhead, have current year date, signed, and
must have a phone number for verification. The letter must state how long
the professional has known you (must not be less then 10 years). The original letter should be
submitted with your application, however a copy may be faxed as
long as the original is mailed.
Please mail letter to:
Horizon Transport- 407 E. Wabash Ave.- Wakarusa, IN 46573
Fax Number: (574) 862-1446
Attn: Recruiting Department
Sample of professional letter of recommendation:
ABC Law Firm
5555 Anyplace Lane, Anyplace, USA 11111
Date: April 23, 2014
To Whom it may concern,
I have known John Doe for 11 years. I have known him to be (summarization
of character). I would definitely recommend John for (state
recommendation). If you have any questions, you may contact me at
Attorney at Law
ABC Law Firm
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.
Every driver must have a active cell phone. (Before you come to orientation have an active cell phone and voice mail established.)
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.
You must have Non Trucking Liability Insurance
($500,000 minimum policy)
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.
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) No mid size trucks or vans
Must submit a completed DOT inspection
Inspection can be done at the following location:
Dan's Service Center- Elkhart, IN
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:
Class III receiver Rated at least 10,000 pounds
(A 5th wheel is optional, but not mandatory to start)
Rated at least 20,000 pounds
(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.
Full width mud flaps Located at rear bumper, as well as mud flaps directly behind the tire
Extended mirrors for 102 inch trailers
with 1,000 pound load
Credit card for your own truck repairs (on the road)
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
Electric brakes control
Appropriate bed plug and bumper plug
2 ball sizes: 2" and 2 5/16"
Electric brake 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
Emergency Triangle Kit
Mounted fire extinguisher in your truck
Need four 27 foot tie down straps that are 2 inches wide. These are used for securing stacked loads.
General Tool Kit
Set of Fuses for your 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.