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Star Fleet Trucking FAQ

  • Are the drivers employees or independent contractors?
    • All of Star Fleet Trucking drivers are independent contractors.
  • How long does it take from application to decision on hiring?
    • Typically we can process an application and have the driver approved within a few days.
  • Can I use a 6 ft. bed?
    • No, it would require a slider plate and we do not allow sliders.
  • Is a CDL required to pull travel trailers?
    • Not on all loads, but lack of a CDL restricts your options.
  • In researching a truck, I have found that the largest 5th wheel for a pickup truck is 25,000 pounds. Is below the 26,001 pounds required for a class A CDL or is it combined weight?
    • We require trucks to be equipped with a 18k 5th wheel hitch.
    • CDL-A requirements are based on the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of the trailer.
  • At what towing weight point is a CDL required?
    • A CDL-A is required for any unit or combination of units that have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating over 26,000 pounds
  • What percentage of the deliveries involve units that would fall into the CDL-A requirement?
    • Less than 1/2 of all deliveries require a CDL-A.
  • I did not see any information about gooseneck trailers. Are there deliveries that require a gooseneck?
    • No, we do not pull anything that requires a gooseneck. We only pull 5th wheels and travel trailers.
  • Can I have riders?
    • Only qualified co-independent contractors and/or spouse.
  • Is it forced dispatch?
    • No. However, there are times a certain load is very critical and needs to be taken.
  • Do the transport independent contractors need to comply with DOT regulations as pertaining to hours, vehicle marking and logs?
    • Yes, we are subject to all the DOT regulations pertaining to trucking
  • Do I have to log both ways?
    • Yes. You are considered a commercial vehicle.
  • How often do I get paid and is payment by check or direct deposit?
    • 50% is paid up front and the remaining on the same day that your paperwork is turned in after delivery has been made.
    • The money is deposited into a Comdata account.
  • Are the units covered by company insurance or the independent contractor's truck insurance or do I need special insurance?
    • Star Fleet provides liability and cargo insurance at no charge to the driver.
  • Do you run Canada?
    • Yes. It requires a passport, but you are not forced to run loads to Canada.
  • Where do you run?
    • Continental 48 states and all of Canada (if you have a current passport).
  • Are independent contractors kept in one area of the country or are the trips random as they come up?
    • We have a non-forced dispatch, so there is some flexibility as far as delivery locations during the busy season.
  • If the driver makes himself available, how often can a driver go out?
    • A driver can go out as often as they would like, as long as they stay within the DOT guidelines.
  • How much money can I make or what is the average yearly earnings of a driver?
    • Pay varies from driver to driver based on how many miles you are willing to drive.
  • What is the per mile rate?
    • It varies with fuel prices and conditions (call recruiting office (877-805-9547) for current rate).
  • What is the average miles a driver will go in a year based on round trips?
    • Your annual mileage is dictated by you and how much you wish to drive.
  • Can I take time off?
    • Yes. Please contact your dispatcher out of courtesy.
  • I have an older truck in GOOD condition. Can I use It?
    • Trucks over 10 years old must be approved by Recruiting.
  • Who pays for the fuel?
    • You pay all road expenses except loaded tolls.
  • Do I have to pull travel trailers and 5th wheels?
    • Yes, if you are in the RV division. Limiting to one or the other restricts your flexibility.
  • What is the average wait time for a load going out?
    • There is no wait time, because you can or will call in for a load before you arrive at the terminal.
  • When can I pick up my next load?
    • You have access to the terminal 24/7, but you must confirm your load during hours for it to be ready.
  • Is there any provision for loads that are scheduled for areas with adverse weather conditions?
    • No.