Afraid I Might Not Get Paid.

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Cindy L.'s Comment
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So I am not going over the road for now and trying a local trucking company. I have worked 2 days and they still haven't had me sign any kind of paperwork. They are also vague, by saying it would take such and such hours and they would pay me X amount of dollars. But when I go in the 'hours' they were talking about have stretched out to more hours than they said. Also they met me, before I started working, saying they wanted to have me sign some paperwork but when we met, they said we would sign the paperwork later. I don't think I will go back to them. Has anyone had any problems like this or know what could be going on with this?

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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.

Old School's Comment
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Well Cindy, if you've paid much attention to the things we teach in here then you already realize that you are starting off your career doing everything we advise new drivers to avoid.

The absolute safest way to start a trucking career is to go Over the Road with a major carrier. They are completely set up to help you succeed. We never recommend starting as a local driver, and we never like to see folks starting with a small company. Our reasons are valid and clear, as you have already begun to see after only two days of employment.

We completely understand the desire for local work, but a prudent person should learn their trucking skills, and get their "trucker mojo" together long before they attempt a local job. My only suggestion is to hit the reset button, study our Trucker's Career Guide, and start this whole thing over.

Is that a possibility?

We would love to help you get this thing started off right. Most trucking careers end badly when they are started badly. We don't want to see that happen to you.

Over The Road:

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.

Cindy L.'s Comment
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I have been over the road with my husband for 1 1/2 years. So I have the experience over the road--all 48 states. We drove most of them and Canada.

Over The Road:

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.

Old School's Comment
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My apologies Cindy! Maybe you should just have a sit down with the boss. Ask them a few questions. Tell them you want to get your paperwork done so you can start getting a paycheck. See how that goes, then make a decision.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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If yoi signed NO paperwork, you may not legally be an employee and therefore may not even be covered by their insurance. no way would i be driving that truck!

a definite sit down is due. good luck

Tim F.'s Comment
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So I am not going over the road for now and trying a local trucking company. I have worked 2 days and they still haven't had me sign any kind of paperwork. They are also vague, by saying it would take such and such hours and they would pay me X amount of dollars. But when I go in the 'hours' they were talking about have stretched out to more hours than they said. Also they met me, before I started working, saying they wanted to have me sign some paperwork but when we met, they said we would sign the paperwork later. I don't think I will go back to them. Has anyone had any problems like this or know what could be going on with this?

I’d move on if I were you. If your company is not even doing the basic paperwork for your employment, how will you be sure they are doing the proper paperwork to keep insurance, registrations, inspections etc. sounds like a poorly run business that I wouldn’t want to expose me and my money making license to liability

Over The Road:

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.

PackRat's Comment
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Did this place do a drug a drug screen, and wait for the results, when you were hired, before you began driving their equipment?

Cindy L.'s Comment
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To Packrat, I don't think they did, because they started me the next day after I went in to get the drug test. I thought it was strange that it didn't take any longer than that to get the results.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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To Packrat, I don't think they did, because they started me the next day after I went in to get the drug test. I thought it was strange that it didn't take any longer than that to get the results.

It is possible to get them back on the same day or the next day.

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