My Pay As A Rookie Driver

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PackRat's Comment
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Lots of other trucking companies out there, Tommy. Companies that have shops, technicians, and resources. CFI, Schneider, Roehl, Maverick, Quality Carriers, Prime, YRC, Millis, etc. Maybe you need to check into other possibilities if your current employer isn’t a good fit for your needs.good-luck.gif

Tommy C.'s Comment
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The reason I had to use personal credit card was, company card expired day b4, hadnt recd new one yet. THis incident was what put the fire under my butt, to make changes. I took those facts and presented them to the company and after time the changes have been made.

I should have not let my emotions get the best of me on this topic, they caused me to go into defending my actions that had nothing to do with my original question about having to lay out your own money and then have to be reimbursed, if thats the normal business practice of these companies.

Ive got the impression that you dont have a problem with laying out your own $. Thats fine. I know Im in a very small percentage, working for a company that allows company credit cards. Most companies wont work that way cuz (1) as soon as u give a driver a credit card they thinks its a free for all and abuse it. and (2) they can just use the drivers money as a interest free loan and pay them back.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tommy C.'s Comment
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Its funny I wasnt looking for a solution.

I just shared an experience of what happened to me and why I dont lay out my own $. Thats It. I wasnt expecting to have to defend myself and explain my actions. The reality is my figures make TOO MUCH sense so you go with its 100% my fault, which suprises me cuz I thought we were on the same team. Again I wasnt looking for a solution.

I took my "lemon" experience and turned it into "lemonade". Chances are switching companies would not make things better. Grass usually isnt any greener on the other side.

I got it, you guys dont have a problem with drivers laying out $ and then get reimbursed, and its common knowledge.

Army 's Comment
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Honestly, this thread is hard to follow.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I put out money for parking. I have put out money for wiper blades and washer fluid simply because it is faster than getting a PO, writing s com check, etc.

I get reimbursed on the next paycheck and pay the credit card bill in full. No interest charged, so no problem.

Rainy 's Comment
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I just shared an experience of what happened to me and why I dont lay out my own $. Thats It. I wasnt expecting to have to defend myself and explain my actions.

You are arguing and defending yourself against no one. No one attacked you for a defense to be made. You asked if we pay out of pocket for repairs and NONE of us do. I do not know one driver, even one who drives for an owner op with a few trucks, who puts out their own money for repairs. You CHOSE to and then want to blame the company and the whole industry.

The reality is my figures make TOO MUCH sense

Your number make sense to YOU. Your company received a discount at another location. Your company has determined they are the boss, and they make the decisions. Go buy a truck of your own so you can make all of your decisions.

so you go with its 100% my fault,

I didnt take the personal credit card out of your pocket, you did. I have NEVER and will NEVER pay for repairs or tires, brakes or PMs etc. Even if the truck is in the shop, they credit my Comdata card and I write a check to the hotel. I can get all parts for FREE from my shops. If i choose to buy something special OTR such as RainEx or wipers, they reimburse me.

which suprises me cuz I thought we were on the same team.

I dont participate in an "us against them" mentality. I dont fight my company and i dont need a team to play against.

Again I wasnt looking for a solution.

You asked if other companies do this and if this is the norm. We said no. I even explained the comcheck process because not everyone uses them. i can deposit the comcheck directly into my bank account and get the money right away FROM my COMPANY. So any money I might spend which happens like ONCE a YEAR, comes from them immediately.

Chances are switching companies would not make things better. Grass usually isnt any greener on the other side.

With regards to paying out your own money, yeah it will. Since none of us stated we pay for repairs.

got it, you guys dont have a problem with drivers laying out $ and then get reimbursed, and its common knowledge.

Again, no one here stated they pay for extensive repairs. We suggested you either stop paying, use the company credit card by making sure it is current, get the authorization your company requires (you seem confused on this issue. One post you said you need authorization and the next you claim you dont), or change companies.

I am guessing you cannot get hired elsewhere?

Is there something on you CDL history or background that would precent a job change? One would think you would have already left the company if this is such common practice and troubles you so.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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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