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Prime Dispatching Policies

Can a new driver run regional or dedicated right after school?

Generally no. Prime does not currently have many dedicated or regional positions. Prime does have a western regional (western 10 US states) as well as a Northeast regional fleet, but most drivers will remain OTR at Prime.

Will there be any NYC? How soon would a new solo driver be expected to go there?

While Prime does have freight going to or from NYC, it is very rare and drivers going into NYC are paid extra.

Are you forced dispatch? Is the driver given any options for different loads?

Company drivers are forced dispatched. Lease drivers are not forced dispatched.

Prime Dispatching Policies

Prime refrigerated truck going down highway
How often can I expect to be home? For how long at a time?

Drivers earn 1 day off for each week out. Minimum time out is 4 weeks and maximum home time is 4 days.

What percentage of freight is drop and hook?

Approximately 50% of freight is drop and hook.

TruckingTruth's View On Prime's Dispatching Policies

Prime offers very little in the way of regional or dedicated freight, to the point it's almost non-existent. If you decide to drive for Prime, plan on driving in the OTR division with only a small possibility of moving into a regional or dedicated position. Home time is average for OTR carriers and drop and hook freight is below average.

Prime does offer 3 separate divisions including refrigerated, flatbed, and tanker positions. Students may choose either the refrigerated or flatbed division while tanker positions require a minimum of 1yr experience.

Prime Company Policies

Do you allow pets?

Yes, drivers can have one dog or cat on their truck under 40lbs. A $1,000 deposit is required and may be payroll deducted over a 6 week period.

What is the company's rider policy?

Drivers may have 1 rider at least 12 years of age or older.

TruckingTruth's View On Prime Company Policies

Prime, Inc inc is one of the few carriers that still has a pet policy. While the $1,000 deposit is a bit on the pricey side, they are one of the few carriers you can consider if having a pet is necessary for you.

Prime Company Driver Opportunities

Do you have a leasing program, and will I be persuaded or incentivized to lease?

Yes, a leasing program is available but drivers are not persuaded to lease.

What divisions do you have? (local, dedicated, regional, tanker, flatbed, reefer)

The main division at Prime is OTR refrigerated. However, prime does offer a limited number of regional and dedicated freight as well as a flatbed and food grade tanker division. Students may join either the refrigerated or flatbed division while tanker is restricted to drivers with at least 1 year of experience.

Learn more about Prime Reefer Division

Learn more about Prime Flatbed Division

Prime Equipment

Prime refrigerated division
What kind of trucks do you have?

Prime has a mix of Freightliner, Peterbilt, International, and Kenworth trucks, with Freightliner Century and Cascadias being the most common for company drivers. The average age of the fleet is 18-months.

Do you run electronic logs?

Yes, all drivers use electronic logging system.

What are your trucks governed at?

Company drivers are restricted to 62mph while lease trucks are restricted to 65mph.

Prime Equipment

Prime Inc flatbed division
Do you have APU units?

Yes, 100% of the OTR fleet at Prime is equipped with APU units and power inverters.

TruckingTruth's View On Prime Equipment

As with most companies of its size, equipment appears to be well taken care of and regularly replaced. Prime is one of the few carriers to equip 100% of their OTR fleet with Axillary Power Units and power inverters.

Prime Company Driver Info

Prime refrigerated division

Upon completion of company training, drivers must make 2 equipment purchases. The items are payroll deducted at a rate of $20 / week until the full costs have been repaid. Once the items are paid for, they become the property of the driver. The items to be purchased are:

2 load locks: $100

Padlock kit: $80

What's Next?

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