Tax Credit For Hire/Training Exchange: Incentives For New Driver Bringing A Check To The Party?

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Victor's Comment
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Hi Folks,

I'm sure it is no secret to anyone reading this that there is a demand for new drivers. So, new safe and responsible drivers who provide an immediate tax advantage to the business should be even more in demand, right?

I haven't found any info on the WOTC topic here, so I thought I might offer some potential help for others in a similar situation who are considering a move into a driver role. If anyone reading this falls into the target groups in the attachment I've provided, then read on. For me personally, I'd like to find out what companies out there would be willing to negotiate terms.

Snapshot of my situation: - Honorably discharged Vet (Army) - Unemployed (> 6 months) - Already have ClassA CLP through home state (1/2018) - Already have DOT physical with drug screen through VA (2/2018) - No accidents, dings, etc on record within past 5 years

***Seeking trucking company sponsorship through CVTA or NAPFTDS certified school (read: my new employer foots the bill) or company with own 3rd party certified in-house driver training program (read: my new employer foots the bill) to gain my CDL Class A and hit the road.

Now, I know there are plenty of companies out there offering tuition reimbursement for schooling. I don't have the cash and the credit financing terms out there for non title IV school funding is just ri****ulous so neither are a consideration for me.

I'm seeking recommendations for companies who are willing to negotiate terms/make a business decision that just makes sense: As a member of the target groups identified in the attachment below, I bring with me up to a $5600 tax credit for their business during the next 2 years I help drive whatever I'm hauling for them from point A to B. Since the tax credit is both income and hours based - the more they pay me and the longer they pay me - the bigger the tax credit for the company I hang my hat at. I've already confirmed eligibility through my state's Dept of Commerce/Workforce Connections Division. All my future employer has to do is take 10 mins to create a free account (if they don't have one already) and submit the paperwork within 28 days of my hire date (I've already filled out my piece on that).

So, does this translate to qualifying for the hiring bonuses I see floating around out there? Increased pay during training? Increased guaranteed pay? An air ticket vs. a bus ticket to travel to their in-house tng loc? Shortening of contract term/forgiveness of whatever dollar fig they associate with their in-house training or partnership with a school?

I don't yet know the answers to these questions, but I'd love to have a discussion with a trucking recruiter who "gets it" and can at least put me in contact with someone within the company authorized to negotiate a mutually-acceptable arrangement. Any thoughts, comments, complaints, or recommendations?

Thank you in advance from a "newb".

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well I see our old friend Victor the Madman is back. I wasn't going to approve this comment in the first place but many of you have told me how much you enjoy it when some crazy people wander by from time to time so I thought I'd throw you guys a bone and let you have some fun with it.

Have fun explaining to Victor how the trucking world actually works. And the rest of the world for that matter. Keep it civil.

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.
Simon D. (Grandpa)'s Comment
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Step one: Stop taking the drugs man!!

And that's all I've got to say about that.....

Gladhand's Comment
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TLDR. What i got from scanning over it is that too many noobs think because there is a "shortage" they deserve all kinds of benefits. What makes some guy who might become a driver and not quit more valuable than a driver that has put in time with a company?

PackRat's Comment
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Ahhh, but you're not in the same galaxy as Victor, Gladhand!rofl-1.gifrofl-1.gifrofl-3.gif

Rob's Comment
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Simon says.....

And that's all I've got to say about that.....

Does mama also say loves like a box of chocolates, never know what your gonna get?rofl-3.gif

G-Town's Comment
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"Victor"

Still attempting to paint the corners in the round room.

Simon D. (Grandpa)'s Comment
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Simon says.....

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And that's all I've got to say about that.....

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Does mama also say loves like a box of chocolates, never know what your gonna get?rofl-3.gif

Yeah 😜😜

And:

"Stupid is as stupid does...."

lol

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Reyn R.'s Comment
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I’m just relieved that I skipped the encyclopedic length of that post, read Brett’s response & let out a deep sigh of relief!

Jason K.'s Comment
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Snapshot of your future situation: - Still an Honorably discharged Vet (Army) - Unemployed (> 6 months)

***Seeking trucking company sponsorship through CVTA or NAPFTDS certified school.
Now, I know there are plenty of companies out there offering tuition reimbursement for schooling. I don't have the cash and the credit financing terms out there for non title IV school funding is just ri****ulous so neither are a consideration for me.

This "sponsorship" you seek is called going to school based on the company you will work for, for an allotted period of time to repay it out of your paychecks. If this isn't something you are interested in, then you should find a different career field. No company is going to negotiate your terms, there are too many holes in them, and to be honest it is an extremely far reach to ask for as a "newb". Lastly, the world doesn't revolve around you.

I'm just a rookie getting back into trucking, so maybe my explanation holds no value or validity, but I do know through common sense that this is audacious, to say the least.

Good luck to you.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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