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Jose R.'s Comment
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So my contract is almost up with Prime Inc and I was wondering does trucking have pay outs for unused sick time or vacation time ? I have both and am unaware of how the industry works I’m tempted to leave to look for a new job. I have all my endorsements. Tank/doubles/hazmat but they won’t pay me incentive for running hazmat. Advice ?? I want to run doubles or tankers. Have 1 year with Prime.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Who won't pay you a bonus for hazmat?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Jose R.'s Comment
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Prime doesn’t offer any incentive for hazmat loads I was told I could move them and it would help them give me more loads but I won’t be given a cent or two for hazmat loads. Other companies give you something for taking those loads when you have them or they give you a higher cent per mile for all miles so when you do take them you make more. I’m a company driver so I don’t make percentage or anything like that. I’m mileage based

Who won't pay you a bonus for hazmat?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Steve L.'s Comment
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Be careful what you wish for.

Why not consider a different division of Prime? You’ve already got some time and performance established.

When I drove for Schneider I only got $25 for hauling the occasional hazmat load. You gonna jump ship for maybe $150/year? I’d expect tanker (doesn’t Prime have a tanker division?) will be much different and offer higher pay because the work is more demanding.

I hope you find what you’re looking for, but if you can find it within your present employer, I’d stay with them.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Jose R.'s Comment
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They told me that they don’t offer any incentive for what I want to do. I’ve considered applying to other carriers like ABF ESTES or Old dominion etc with one year of OTR they start accepting applications and Prime does have a tanker division but they only have it for the east coast and since I’m in California I can’t apply to be in it. It’s only flat bed and reefer and I’m currently in reefer division

Be careful what you wish for.

Why not consider a different division of Prime? You’ve already got some time and performance established.

When I drove for Schneider I only got $25 for hauling the occasional hazmat load. You gonna jump ship for maybe $150/year? I’d expect tanker (doesn’t Prime have a tanker division?) will be much different and offer higher pay because the work is more demanding.

I hope you find what you’re looking for, but if you can find it within your present employer, I’d stay with them.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hazmat at Prime is an extra $50 per load in reefer. So i dont know who told you that there was no bonus for company drivers. Ask another dispatcher or even your payroll person. I never got hazmat cause i didnt want to be bothered with it.

also, if you want tanker, i would call the switch board and ask for a tanker FM and ask questions. Icecold here is tanker and says it is NJ, GA and chicago in general, but goes other places as well. they have to get you home for home time, and i know a tanker team who had an accident in california, so again, not sure who gave you info.

ask someone other than your FM. your fm.is reefer only and might not want to lose a good driver if you switch divisions.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dispatcher:

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.

Fm:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Jose R.'s Comment
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I’m based out of th SLC terminal because of me living in CA. and during training prior to PSD I had a tankers endorsement but I was told by the guy who does orientation tanker isn’t offered in the west coast. So it was reefer or flat bed. Since getting my license I added doubles and hazmat so when I asked my fleet manager about hazmat pay. They said that their isn’t any incentive or extra per mile pay so I would just be doing Prime a favor by being more available to run hazmat but I would not get any more pay. So I just left it at that.

Hazmat at Prime is an extra $50 per load in reefer. So i dont know who told you that there was no bonus for company drivers. Ask another dispatcher or even your payroll person. I never got hazmat cause i didnt want to be bothered with it.

also, if you want tanker, i would call the switch board and ask for a tanker FM and ask questions. Icecold here is tanker and says it is NJ, GA and chicago in general, but goes other places as well. they have to get you home for home time, and i know a tanker team who had an accident in california, so again, not sure who gave you info.

ask someone other than your FM. your fm.is reefer only and might not want to lose a good driver if you switch divisions.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Dispatcher:

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.

Fm:

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.

Fleet Manager:

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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So, follow Rainy's advise. She has been with Prime for 3 years and knows how to get things done there. If it's more money you want, how much?

Daniel B.'s Comment
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When I left Prime about 3 years ago they paid $50 for hazmat. I was also told they won't let you transfer to tanker if you live in CA because its extremely difficult to get you home.

By the way, apply to OD. You won't regret it. Much better than any OTR company tenfold.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Jose...I think your quest for a "greener grass" opportunity is a bit premature.

We have many highly successful Prime Comapany Drivers on this forum who are doing very well.

Consider your choice to stay vs. moving on very carefully.

Good luck.

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