McElroy Truck Lines

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Parrothead66's Comment
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My first year avg gross was 1,000/week. Considering the mileage we drive and the weekends at home I've been happy with my choice. I've never had a problem with a time off request or routing home for something like my daughters first band concert etc...Just a few months in my dad passed away and they were nothing but understanding with my time off. I don't think 48-50k first year out of school is too bad. It beats driving 2500-3000 miles a week at 30-38 cents a mile

Chad S.'s Comment
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Well I have finished my school and got my CDL with Tanker and passed the written for Hazmat pending the Homeland security back ground check. Parrothead, I noticed you'er from the Tyler area. Im from the sprawling Metropolis of New Chapel Hill on state highway 64 East headed towards Henderson and was wondering if Mcelroy was still doing well for you. I spoke with Chris a couple weeks ago but he, unexpectedly and to everyones surprise, has moved on since then. The conversation was down to earth and Chris spoke well of Mcelroy however, there was a slight hesitation during the conversation. I will be filling out the application over the weekend so hopefully Ill receive a phone call from them sometime early this week. It would be great if we could meet and have a conversation over a cup of coffee I have some questions I would like to get your opinion on a few things Chris mentioned if possible? Be Blessed Chad.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Scott L. aka Lawdog's Comment
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McElroy Truck Lines

For no particular reason, I was just interested in any opinions of this company. They are a flat-bed outfit based out of Cuba, AL. They hire recent graduates. They start out at .43 CPM (includes tarp pay). You are guranteed home on weekends. And my favorite part, they offer free health insurance! They were one of my top choices when I first graduated, but I chose a different route. I just never see or hear much about them.

This company looks good on their CSA scores, most of their issues seem to be driver only "hits" and or pre-trip/enroute inspection issues.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Parrothead66's Comment
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Hey Chad, yes I'm still happy with my choice and actually started as a driver trainer about 2 months ago. They probably will contact you pretty soon as we've got more than enough loads to keep the Texas drivers busy and more loads available as soon as we can get enough drivers to run em. Currently bringing drivers in from Alabama to help out. I'd meet you this weekend but we've had to take my father-in-law to hospice last week and he's not doing very well. Like I said they'll probably call you back pretty quick or you can call them Monday and ask for Anita at the Cuba AL terminal and she'll handle the rest.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chad S.'s Comment
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Thank you Parrothead for getting back so soon. I'm sorry to hear about your Father in law will be keeping you and your family in payers. Hope to meet you soon and Im looking forward to getting started. I like what I'm hearing about the company...Chad

Parrothead66's Comment
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If you see truck 5534 give me a shout. Look forward to your updates

Harry the hat's Comment
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I test out June 1st, and then a short time later will be heading to pleasant Hill nc for orientation. I'll be local out of Hagerstown.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Welcome aboard

I test out June 1st, and then a short time later will be heading to pleasant Hill nc for orientation. I'll be local out of Hagerstown.

Ready2roll's Comment
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Hello Parrothead! I've been following your threads on McElroy while in school. I graduated Friday and now it's decision time. I'm down here in Southern Alabama with a short list to choose from and McElroy is one of them. How is the equipment there? Are they running Internationals and Freightliners? What years are they? How are they spec'd out? Marty came and talked to our class and I've spoken with Anita. Sounds good and read many good things. BTW, is it true there is a "wall of shame" there? Thanks!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Parrothead66's Comment
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Trucks are 2015 & newer with a few 14's left but they pretty much keep em on a 3 year rotation. Mostly Prostars but do run some Freightliners. Nothing fancy power windows/locks, single bunk except trainer trucks, cloth seats, some of the radios are Bluetooth and others have aux plug & 10 speed transmission. Maintenance is done regularly and if I've ever had a problem, one call and they'll get you in and get it repaired. They do have a small wall of shame as it's called for drivers that have had a recent accident that caused loss of time or DOT violation. In my opinion it's a good family friendly company to work for.

Hello Parrothead! I've been following your threads on McElroy while in school. I graduated Friday and now it's decision time. I'm down here in Southern Alabama with a short list to choose from and McElroy is one of them. How is the equipment there? Are they running Internationals and Freightliners? What years are they? How are they spec'd out? Marty came and talked to our class and I've spoken with Anita. Sounds good and read many good things. BTW, is it true there is a "wall of shame" there? Thanks!

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

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