Leasing A Truck A Requirement For Employment As A Driver ?

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Rick S.'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.

Ask for another recruiter then. Their hiring area is HUGE - and there's NO WAY that everyone who is a company driver, is within 100 miles of a terminal.

I'm not in a hiring area, and was told if I came in with someone from my area and signed on to TEAM - they would hire me.

NOTHING was mentioned about "forced lease".

Rick

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.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D'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.

I find that hard to believe. The closest terminal to me is their terminal in Pittston PA and I live in the Norfolk Va area. When I started with them back in Oct 2011, having to lease because I was more than 100 miles from the terminal was never a requirement.

When I went back to Prime last month, I decided to go lease (like I was when I left), but it was not required. So my guess is that your recruiter some how or another has a thing about making folks go lease (if that is true, you need to report that). It has never been a requirement for anyone to lease at Prime unless they want to.

Ernie

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.

Buster's Buddy's Comment
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Well gang, hard to believe or not, this was all covered on TT 5 weeks ago when it happened. I did call 2 other recruiters and got the same story. I live in a small town about 100 miles north of Phoenix. Prime told me that was too many deadhead miles and offered me a choice of leasing or moving to Phoenix. I even offered to park my car at the terminal and drive myself home. No deal.

I'm not badmouthing Prime or claiming Prime has a don't-hire-if-more-than-100-miles-away policy. I can't speak for anyone else. I'm just offering my personal experience in response to the OP.

Today instead of being in Springfield MO with Prime I'm in Joplin MO with XPO/Con-way. Nothing I've seen in the past 5 weeks has my questioning my decision.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

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.

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.
Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I'm not badmouthing Prime or claiming Prime has a don't-hire-if-more-than-100-miles-away policy. I can't speak for anyone else. I'm just offering my personal experience in response to the OP.

The only reason I can think of in your case may be that there just isn't any freight going/coming out of your area nearby is the reason in your case. It's the only thing I can think of that prompts that for you.

Hopefully someone else will chime in here if they can think of another reason.

Ernie

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.
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