How Does Prime Get Their Money Back?

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Robert's Comment
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I know you get a $200 allowance (loan) for a period, but what about the entirety of the PSD program? Do they dock your pay as they will the $200 you loaned for food, or is it truly free as long as the contract isn't broken?

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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I know you get a $200 allowance (loan) for a period, but what about the entirety of the PSD program? Do they dock your pay as they will the $200 you loaned for food, or is it truly free as long as the contract isn't broken?

You pay NOTHING towards the PSD unless you leave. If you stay a whole year that is it...no deductions. Contract met.

If you leave you pay a prorarted amount on a weekly basis. My contract gave prime permission to ask my next employer to deduct $70 per week from my pay.... But prorated. So if I stayed 6 mos I'd owe half the loan. If I stayed 9 mos I'd owe a quarter.

I signed on the dotted line. Have been here almost two years and only repaid the $200 I borrowed. Nothing towards the schooling.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Robert's Comment
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Thanks so much

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I know you get a $200 allowance (loan) for a period, but what about the entirety of the PSD program? Do they dock your pay as they will the $200 you loaned for food, or is it truly free as long as the contract isn't broken?

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You pay NOTHING towards the PSD unless you leave. If you stay a whole year that is it...no deductions. Contract met.

If you leave you pay a prorarted amount on a weekly basis. My contract gave prime permission to ask my next employer to deduct $70 per week from my pay.... But prorated. So if I stayed 6 mos I'd owe half the loan. If I stayed 9 mos I'd owe a quarter.

I signed on the dotted line. Have been here almost two years and only repaid the $200 I borrowed. Nothing towards the schooling.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
BQ 's Comment
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Also, just a heads up but when you upgrade to your own truck, there are certain items you are required to purchase for truck. The total cost depends upon division, refer isn't nearly as much as flatbed with their tarps and such. Prime does allow you to purchase this stuff via driver code/truck # and repay it in increments. The items are yours to keep, however some things can be sold back when you leave. For example, I got new chains, still in bag for few hundo, if I don't use them (if I need chains,I am getting off road, can only go up to about 30-35 and is waste of clock, not super safe either), I can sell them back for full price. Could have gotten used for about half price but recouping that money isn't likely. Just something to keep in mind but I wouldn't let it keep you from choosing prime.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Robert's Comment
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Well from what I've seen prime is the best on many things for a starting trucker such as myself. I'd say it's pretty reasonable to buy the equipment, and since they do incremental pay is an add on bonus of you ask me I mean imagine paying full price specially right up front. I do appreciate the advice and hope to be on the road soon.

Also, just a heads up but when you upgrade to your own truck, there are certain items you are required to purchase for truck. The total cost depends upon division, refer isn't nearly as much as flatbed with their tarps and such. Prime does allow you to purchase this stuff via driver code/truck # and repay it in increments. The items are yours to keep, however some things can be sold back when you leave. For example, I got new chains, still in bag for few hundo, if I don't use them (if I need chains,I am getting off road, can only go up to about 30-35 and is waste of clock, not super safe either), I can sell them back for full price. Could have gotten used for about half price but recouping that money isn't likely. Just something to keep in mind but I wouldn't let it keep you from choosing prime.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Prime is awesome and I lo e it. Its a great company for me...but if you ask others here, their companies are great for them. Stay the first year and decide what you need from a company. They treated me so good from the beginning that I have no intention of leaving.

All companies have good and bad aspects and people. But I have learned that prime does handle issues and problems if they arise and made aware. Our owner is constantly trying to get our input on various things and is on premises. He plays basketball with the employees, he eats with us. Its really cool. We even just got a raise cause profits were good last year ;)

Don't quit. Don't give up. Training can be very hard...equate it to boot camp and get through it. Going solo after training can feel glorious :)

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