Leasing A Truck A Requirement For Employment As A Driver ?

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OhHoneyPlease's Comment
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I am considering truck driver training / CDL school and was told by a former driver that a lot of companies will require their drivers to pay for or lease the truck they are driving . I was wondering if this is true and if so, when would it be disclosed ?

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.
Diver Driver's Comment
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I'm in training at Prime, and there is no pressure to lease. In fact, it's been said here quite a lot to stay away from the lease side for atleast few years.

Rick S.'s Comment
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While most of the companies that hire newly-licensed/student drivers will try to "pitch you" on how great leasing is - none of them REQUIRE YOU to lease.

Any company that would FORCE a new driver to lease - is like making you BUY A JOB - and if you apply to one that tells you that you MUST LEASE - move onto another company to apply to.

Prime, Swift, Roehl and a number of companies that many members here start out with - DO NOT.

There's plenty of other pressures and things a new driver must learn, without the stress of leasing right out of training.

Rick

Anchorman's Comment
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I am considering truck driver training / CDL school and was told by a former driver that a lot of companies will require their drivers to pay for or lease the truck they are driving . I was wondering if this is true and if so, when would it be disclosed ?

Leasing a truck is not a requirement and we recommend staying away from it for at least a few years, if not altogether.

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.
Phil C.'s Comment
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I am considering truck driver training / CDL school and was told by a former driver that a lot of companies will require their drivers to pay for or lease the truck they are driving . I was wondering if this is true and if so, when would it be disclosed ?

What company specifically told you this? oh its word of mouth.....don't believe it until you actually talk to the company.

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.
Ken C.'s Comment
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NO pressure to lease at Prime in the beginning, middle or end...;)

Ken C.

Phoenix's Comment
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You have to have at least two years of recent experience to lease with C.R. England now.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Jeremy, there are many companies made up of only owner/operators. But as a new driver, just don't go there for several years.

Our Trucking Company Reviews list is only about companies that have company drivers. They probably work with O/O's but Trucking Truth is not concerned with that.

OhHoneyPlease's Comment
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Thanks everybody for all your replies. I'm so glad to have found this website, it's so good to know there's a place to go for honest answers & helpful information with people in the know and experienced. Funny how some people seem to wanna say just bout anything to be discouraging or just not wanna see someone succeed. I cant wait to start driving. I've followed a LOT of advice found here and it's really exciting - like I said already, cant wait to get out there ! Talk again Soon. Thanks again !

Buster's Buddy's Comment
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When I called Prime and said that I was ready to go to work for them (after several months talking to the recruiter), I was told that they would only hire me as a lease driver because I lived more than 100 miles from their terminal.

In general they don't push leasing, but there are specific instances where they do.

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.

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