Can Truck Drivers Have Passengers?

Mar 14, 2023 | 9:55 am

Even for the most seasoned of truck drivers, the road can get a little lonely sometimes. And while solo driving has its perks, sometimes it’s nice to have someone in the passenger seat to keep you company and to share the experience.

There are currently no federal restrictions on truck drivers bringing non-employee passengers along for the ride. Which means it is strictly up to the carrier’s discretion as to whether they allow passengers or not.

And at Dot Transportation, our stance on the matter is…absolutely! DTI drivers CAN bring a passenger with them on the road and it is quite common across the fleet. This is a perk we are proud to offer our drivers. Like most other carriers that allow passengers, however, we do have a few stipulations:
  • Passengers must be at least eight years old for single-day trips (i.e. no overnights)
  • Passengers must be at least 12 years old to go on an overnight journey
  • Passengers must be an immediate relative or significant other of the driver

The only other requirement, which is not unique to DTI, is the waiting period. Drivers must be with DTI for no less than six months before bringing a passenger on board.

For many children, riding shotgun with a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle is a rite of passage that can create lifelong memories. Sharing a cab and getting a first-hand glimpse of life on the road can be an incredible bonding experience for both drivers and passengers alike.

And remember, DTI’s flexible driver scheduling means that drivers are only on the road for a few days at a time and not weeks or months like drivers with other carriers. And when routes are nearby, some drivers even make it home multiple times throughout the week. So if you have a couple days free and can pack an overnight bag, you’re all set.

If you’re a driver looking to give a loved one an up-close-and-personal view of the trucker lifestyle, reach out to your transportation manager for details.

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