Quit Before 1 Year Is Up?

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Nicole says:

my husband hasn't talked to (his dispatcher) about coming home and staying home until we see how my next appointment goes.

It's best your hubby keeps his dispatcher up to date, even with the coming possibilities. Recently my mom became I'll, I wasn't able to visit, but I told my DM "It won't be long, now."

When she passed, it was only a phone call, and I was on way for the funeral. My point is, let the dispatcher know, and you won't have a ton of explanation to get through when you don't have the time.

Blessings for you and your baby!

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Nicole J.'s Comment
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He did let his dispatcher know about the situation but hasn't discussed how long he would be home and such yet. We are waiting until my next appointment before he makes any decisions. We are just trying to be prepared for anything. But if worst comes to worst and things don't go in the direction we are hoping for if he were to quit is there anything we can do so that prime doesn't try to sue him or anything? He leases his truck and if he were to be home even a month with us that would have him the whole for a while and we can't afford that on top of medical bills and a new baby.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Prime does not seem to aggressively go after people for the contract they also would not need to sue. he signed a contract that gives them the right to attach his wages of his next employer....without a judgement. we have a legal department, so perhaps they could.make a special new contract saying he will return within X amount of time to complete his year. I have a friend who left for her grown childs cancer....prime just let the contract go in full.

what is owed on the contract is nothing compared to the costs he will face turning in his truck. most pay thousands after the inspection. He might be able to find someone willing to drive the truck for him. that way hou have income but he is home.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Companies do not want to see good drivers go. With the contracts you have with Prime, you will have to get specific with the office. If you have a tuition contract, as well as the lease, be sure whoever handles these accounts is in the loop.

This is business that should be handled now, so that when the time comes for your husband to take time off, you're not suddenly stuck with huge payments and no way to pay them. You may lose the truck. But if someone is not driving it, not having a truck is a good thing.

Nicole J.'s Comment
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I agree Errol V. That's been my biggest concern was if he were to have to stay home for even a month, that's truck payments and bills adding up. Things haven gotten even more hectic so he is in the process of talking to people trying to see what's best to do. I've been in and out of the hospital and doctors offices the past couple days so we are really concerned with how things will go. We just want to be as prepared as we possibly can regardless of the outcome.

I do have a question as far as if he were to come home and then go back, can he not change to company of he goes back after all this? His dispatcher told him that he would be fired if he tried to go company because Prime doesn't like when someone changes.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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I will leave a more definitive answer to the many, many people here we have that work for Prime. We even have a lease op here for Prime as well.

But, to me it sounds like a Dispatcher doesn't want to lose a work horse. From my understanding Prime has walk away leases. I would think becoming a company driver would be fairly simple. But expect a huge bill and for his check to have deductions for a hot minute.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
BQ 's Comment
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OP... Your husbands dispatcher is certainly lying about switching over to company. The leases are "walk away," meaning he could break it and not have credit consequences. He will owe any money for payments or damage that is not current at time of termination but nothing further. After breaking contract, if he is a solid driver, Prime would certainly rather take him on the company side than watch him join another company. As far as pregnancy complications, I wish you guys the best of luck and as many have stated, communicating with company early and often is incredibly important.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Paul A.'s Comment
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what is owed on the contract is nothing compared to the costs he will face turning in his truck. most pay thousands after the inspection.

First of all I wish all the best to Nicole.J and her family, I hope your husband's company will understand.

To Rainy D, can you please explain or point me to another thread so I understand what you mean here? Thanks

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I can tell you what she means. At the end of a truck lease, whether you chose to "walk away" or it is the end of a standard lease when turning in the vehicle you will be charged for any needed repairs, cleaning, and other miscellaneous fees. It is just the nature of the business. Basically before you turn a vehicle in, you have to make sure it is ready for the keys to be handed over to someone else. Make sure all inspections are current. Make sure there isn't anything that is broke. Clean the vehicle top to bottom, inside and out. Basically that vehicle will have to look and perform like it is rolling out of the dealership. You WILL get charged for anything less than ideal condition.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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I can tell you what she means. At the end of a truck lease, whether you chose to "walk away" or it is the end of a standard lease when turning in the vehicle you will be charged for any needed repairs, cleaning, and other miscellaneous fees. It is just the nature of the business. Basically before you turn a vehicle in, you have to make sure it is ready for the keys to be handed over to someone else. Make sure all inspections are current. Make sure there isn't anything that is broke. Clean the vehicle top to bottom, inside and out. Basically that vehicle will have to look and perform like it is rolling out of the dealership. You WILL get charged for anything less than ideal condition.

exactly. put a TV in and screwed it into the mount? guess what...you will be charged for every screw hole. Left the refrigerator? yep, you will lose the fridge and get charged an uninstall fee. had a pet? you bet they will charge you for vacuuming, air filter changes and any scratches around. Put one of those $700 decals all around the truck to look cool...you will be charged for removal. A mechanic told me they pay for mileage depreciation as well which limits the warranty. Reaper on this forum had a trainer who was lease and owed thousands when he went back company. They take it in weekly payments. They dont fire people for it.

Lease ops can go back to company and have different FMs. that lease FM just does not want to lose a driver.

they can also do what i said and talk to someone to get a company driver to drive the truck until he wants to get back on the road or decide what to do.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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