Getting Out Of Us Xpress Contract

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Kolyse M.'s Comment
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I recently completed Cdl training at MTC driving school through US Xpress. For personal reasons, I started talking to Celadon about getting on with them, and personally paying back my loan. Will the school be able to verify that I graduated there? Can Us Xpress block me from doing this? Thanks in advance!

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Why do you not even want to give US Express a chance?

Turtle's Comment
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Personal reasons? There's nothing personal about a signed contract. It's a business agreement that you committed to. What is it that makes Celadon so important now that you have to go back on your word to USX? Failed commitments are partly why tuition rates are as high as they are, and climbing.

Can they block you? I don't know.

PackRat's Comment
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What happens when Celadon doesn’t work out , either? Not a good idea for a rookie to keep job-hopping, especially when you’re untested and have no resume. The name on the door isn’t as important as a solid commitment to making yourself a success through hard work. Do you really want to drive and be a success? You need to take a hard look before you make any decisions such as this one, which could potentially torpedo your career before it even starts. Way too much drama for a brand spanking new driver.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I recently completed Cdl training at MTC driving school through US Xpress. For personal reasons, I started talking to Celadon about getting on with them, and personally paying back my loan. Will the school be able to verify that I graduated there? Can Us Xpress block me from doing this? Thanks in advance!

Hi, Kolyse. I went to MTC also (tested out in Sikeston). I fulfilled my contract as a solo OTR and then a dedicated account driver. I too am curious to know why you want to leave. Did you sign on for a "Dollar" dedicated account? That doesn't necessarily mean you have to be on that account. You can talk to a USX representative who will contact you after orientation and tell them you want to go OTR. This will mean forfeiting any bonus you would have otherwise received.

I know of a handful of people I went to school with who transferred before fulfilling their contracts. Technically, the loan is through a company called Liberty Financial, not US Xpress. Money will be taken out of your paycheck with USX every month. After a year, USX pays off the remaining balance. If you leave USX you will have to make arrangements (monthly/weekly payments) with Liberty Financial to repay the the full amount.

It is recommended you fulfill your commitment with USX of course.

Search Facebook for a group called MTC Truck Drivers and Friends. Some members might have more info for 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.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I also forgot to mention: I'm pretty sure the school will verify you completed the course. Prime, Inc needed to verify my school info before I started with them.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I don't how it is with US Express, but you need to ask them about your 160 hours certificate. They can withhold it until you pay them.

Since RD just said it is loaned through a 3rd party, perhaps that is not the case.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Read your contract they maybe able to with hold your certificate until they are paid back, also they may have a no compete clause.

Another big thing to consider is Celadon has had some financial difficulties this last year are so are you confident they are past these issues? If they suddenly closed you would want to possibly be stranded somewhere and find yourself jobless.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Personal reasons? It’s very hard to help someone make good career decisions without knowing their situation. I also strongly suspect you were talked into this for the wrong reasons. It’s easy to be misled by poor information or good recruiting tactics. Give us your thought process so we can help you understand the situation better.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I thought u s Xpress was one of those good companies to get started with? Not bashing who you're going to but I have met a couple drivers that came to our company because they weren't happy with them. Granted the guys I talked to could have been terminal rats but just saying...

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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