Pam/Driver Solutions Contract

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Javon W.'s Comment
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Hello so i pretty had some concerns as well as question. First off i am new to trucking and yes i initially signed a one year contract with Pam Transport for going through Drivers Solutions for my training, which i was all excited and just ready to start my new Career. Now i have Graduated school about a week ago and i have or had plans on going to Arkansas for orientation..but throughout my schooling process i couldn't seem to wrap my head around the whole "Teaming" ordeal. It all sounded good at first but as time went on i started to doubt the teaming with a random stranger whom I've never met (I'm sort of a loner and work best by myself). It's already hard for me to sleep in a moving car, how can i sleep in a moving semi with a stranger who i have to put my life in there hands....further more Stevens Transport has agreed to take me on and i know they start off as solo with more money per miles and they have also arranged for me to come to Dallas for their orientation and truth be told I'd love to take them up on their offer. I have no problem paying back Driver Solutions for my education (weekly installments of course). Can anybody give me any advice? Please and thank you!!

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.
Chris K.'s Comment
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No matter what you are going to have to team w a trainer for at least 4-6 weeks. W Stevens you have to log 10,000 miles and drive certain areas of country and mountains. After that you will team for a couple weeks a another trainee and then go solo.

Javon W.'s Comment
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I'm perfectly fine with teaming with an experenced Trainee i just don't want to team with a rookie such as myself in the long haul....I'd trust an experience trainer over an rookie

No matter what you are going to have to team w a trainer for at least 4-6 weeks. W Stevens you have to log 10,000 miles and drive certain areas of country and mountains. After that you will team for a couple weeks a another trainee and then go solo.

Errol V.'s Comment
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So you signed a contract with PAM. After you signed it, did you wad it up and throw it away? That's what you're doing by going to a different company now. Not a good practice. Try doing that when you rent an apartment or buy a car.

Like Chris said, team driving of some sort is in your future. And if you're worried about putting your life in someone else's hands, what about your (experienced) trainer who willingly puts his life in the hands of a brand new (inexperienced!) driver! But team work happens a week or so into the program.

Also, I doubt if your trainer will be constantly scratching his butt and wanting talk about the Steelers all the time.

The stories you may read are from the few people who both had bad experiences and decided to tell the world. The massive majority of students got their training, learned the finer points of trucking, and are happily solo now, without writing anything on a web site. There are several good team/ training diaries over in the training diaries side.

Javon W.'s Comment
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I get what your saying Errol but thats just a risk I'm willing to take. I'd be more then happy to pay them their money. And yes im very AWARE that any company that i choose to go to I'd be paired with a trainer thats not my concern, my concerns will be after I'm done with my trainer. I've read various of articles where drivers have had horrible experiences with teaming and like i said i work better alone. There is no way on gods green earth will i be able to sleep in a moving truck with another rookie, that won't be good for me, him and other drivers on the road. I'm more so concerned with my safety and wellbeing...

So you signed a contract with PAM. After you signed it, did you wad it up and throw it away? That's what you're doing by going to a different company now. Not a good practice. Try doing that when you rent an apartment or buy a car.

Like Chris said, team driving of some sort is in your future. And if you're worried about putting your life in someone else's hands, what about your (experienced) trainer who willingly puts his life in the hands of a brand new (inexperienced!) driver! But team work happens a week or so into the program.

Also, I doubt if your trainer will be constantly scratching his butt and wanting talk about the Steelers all the time.

The stories you may read are from the few people who both had bad experiences and decided to tell the world. The massive majority of students got their training, learned the finer points of trucking, and are happily solo now, without writing anything on a web site. There are several good team/ training diaries over in the training diaries side.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Javon, when you talked with your PAM recruiter, did you talk about team? I know you started out thinking team would be good then changed your mind.

I'm guessing at PAM's policies, but are they a "team only" company? If not you should be able to say "No, tanks" and stick to your guns. In reading about teams in TT, I've come to the conclusion that solo makes about as much money, and you don't have the headaches of living in a small box with another human.

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.

Chris K.'s Comment
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As far as I know PAM is not a team only operation.

B Y 's Comment
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I considered teaming also but after a few weeks with a trainer (who was a good one) I feel it wouldn't be for me. However, if I had signed a contract I personally would honor it and move on after the contract was up. I was taught a man is only as good as his word. Again, just my opinion.

Last Shadow's Comment
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Javon, how long is your contract with PAM, if is a year bite the bullet n get it over with, commitment is a word that is loosing it's true meaning with some of us, but if u sign d contract fulfill it, imagine if someone sign a contract you being the owner n than backing out on you, what would you think of that person, just my five cents, .....out

Hello so i pretty had some concerns as well as question. First off i am new to trucking and yes i initially signed a one year contract with Pam for going through Drivers Solutions for my training, which i was all excited and just ready to start my new Career. Now i have Graduated school about a week ago and i have or had plans on going to Arkansas for orientation..but throughout my schooling process i couldn't seem to wrap my head around the whole "Teaming" ordeal. It all sounded good at first but as time went on i started to doubt the teaming with a random stranger whom I've never met (im sort of a loner and work best by myself). Its already hard for me to sleep in a moving car, how can i sleep in a moving semi with a stranger who i have to put my life in there hands....furture more Stevens Transport have agreed to take my on and i know they start off as solo with more money per miles and they have also arranged for me to come to Dallas for their orientation and truth be told I'd love to take them up on their offer. I have no problem paying back Driver Solutions for my education (weekly installments of course). Can anybody give me any advice? Please and thank you!!

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.

firemedic2816's Comment
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I talked to PAM Transport and you HAVE TO TEAM your 1st 6 months to a YEAR. And usually you are not 2 rookies on a truck.

Javon, when you talked with your PAM recruiter, did you talk about team? I know you started out thinking team would be good then changed your mind.

I'm guessing at PAM's policies, but are they a "team only" company? If not you should be able to say "No, tanks" and stick to your guns. In reading about teams in TT, I've come to the conclusion that solo makes about as much money, and you don't have the headaches of living in a small box with another human.

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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