Tow-Away Details

Learn more about the details of the Tow-Away division

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.)
    US passport, passport card, or any US state dept. approved document
    US State Department passport informationHow do I get a passport from the post office?
    US Post Office passport informationHow 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
  • 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)

  • 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 4 points on a drivers license, to include no more than 1 moving violations and 0 accidents in past 3 years. 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.
  • 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 $25.00.
  • Pass a DOT Physical
    Physical testing can be done locally for $85.
  • Phone
    Every driver must have a active cell phone and camera option. (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 $1500. 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 $1500 level.


It is a requirement for all Horizon Transport contractors in our towaway/flatbed division to have a minimum of $1,000,000 of Unladen Liability coverage. It is the contractors responsibility to provide physical damage coverage on the leased equipment. For more information regarding the Unladen policy we suggest you contact one of the following insurance carriers.

Cottingham & Butler
Info and Application

Contact: Dwayne Goad
Phone: 877-814-1236
E-mail: dwayne@ccrins.com
Brown & Brown
Amanda Rieger
E-mail: arieger@bbtoledo.com
Carmen Beltran
E-mail: cbeltran@bbtoledo.com
Phone: 800-846-7873
Brown & Brown

Truck Requirements

  • You must submit a copy of your vehicle registration
  • Truck model must be no more than 5 years old
    Horizon requires trucks to be no more than 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)
  • Truck must be a diesel
  • 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 (A 5th wheel is optional,  not mandatory to start) Rated at least 20,000 pounds
    3. Gooseneck hitch (A Gooseneck is optional, 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 located at the rear bumper, as well as mud flaps directly behind the tire
    5. Extended mirrors for 102-inch trailers
    6. Distribution bar with a 1,000-pound load
    7. 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
    8. Electric brakes control
    9. Appropriate bed plug and bumper plug
    10. 2 ball sizes: 2″ and 2 5/16″
    11. Electric brake breakaway battery
      DOT requires the battery to be a  “wet” cell battery, not a dry cell
      You can buy a battery at Dan’s Service Center in Wakarusa, IN when you come for Orientation
    12. Emergency Triangle Kit
    13. Mounted fire extinguisher in your truck

Optional Equipment:


Horizon Transport has a strong commitment to contractor safety and the safety of the general public. Our first priority must always be safety. As drivers, staff and management, the continued emphasis on safe operations is paramount. There will be zero tolerance for unsafe practices. There will be zero tolerance for unsafe practices.

From the moment a contractor enters service for Horizon they are taught proper DOT logging requirements and those standards are rigidly audited to ensure contractor compliance. As of January 1st 2011 we will require each applicant to provide their Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pre-employment screening program (PSP) report. To learn more about this program visit http://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov/Pages/default.aspx. We randomly drug test our fleet on a consistent basis. Horizon contractors are held to a very high standard. Only the best qualify as contractors to service Horizon Transport, Inc.

Horizon employs a very experienced staff of safety professionals whose job is to teach and discipline safety principals each day, to the contractor base.

The Horizon Safety School
Each new contractor is required to attend a Horizon Transport Safety School. The safety school is a 4-hour safety training course for professional drivers. Horizon employs an expert staff of safety professionals who are responsible for teaching this class to our contractors. All contractors are required to attend this class once per year as a refresher to learn new defensive driving techniques.
National Safety Council website www.nsc.org

Safety Bonus Program
Horizon understands that safe driving is a chosen behavior. Contractors have the opportunity to attain additional compensation by driving consecutive safe miles. Our safety bonus program is designed to reward safe contractors.

Join the Horizon Tow-Away Division

Our recruiters are ready to answer any questions you may have and help you make the right decision.