Prime Inc - Company Driver Travel Allowance? What Exactly Is Travel Allowance ?

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am a "doer" kind of person. I always wanted to travel the world... so i did. swim with dolphins... pet a tiger...parasailing, bungee jumping... even write a book. I have done all that and even have 5 books!

some people dream, others do. Decide which you are and be that. The OO and LO who have no clue are dreamers. They love the illusion they created, and then bash everyone else for disagreeing. There are several "company driver myths" i am going to talk about as well. And thanks for your support :)

J.P. Millions's Comment
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Great info!! Thanks!

I'm from the NE area and came through the Pittston training terminal. My fleet manager for TNT is based out of sprmo and only deals with LO and. trainers. I don't want to train or lease. So when TNT is over I'll more than likely be moved to a different FM. Does Pittston also dispatch OTR?

I'm now comfortable with doing OTR so if I have to do it, it's no biggie. What kind of miles are solo company drivers getting OTR right now?

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I'm new to Prime and have seen company drivers online mention travel allowance as part of their pay without going into any detail about it. What exactly is travel allowance for company drivers with Prime Inc, how is the amount determined and how does it factor into your over all income working for Prime Inc. ?

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Its the per diem and not taxed. 8cpm of our pay is non taxed, and shows seperately from the gross pay. Im doing a video on it shortly showing actual pay stubs.

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Thanks for the reply. I spoke with a recruiter who told me Prime doesn't have any dedicated routes?!? To the best of your knowledge is this true? He said the NE regional is full; no worries there but when I pressed about the SE or Midwest regional devisions, he said Prime only has the NE and OTR. That's not what I read in the forums. Any info on current dedicated routes?

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Southeast Regional only gets like 1700 miles a week, which is why my FM doesnt want them on his fleet. they get paid by the miles.

There is a Reed City MI to Murfreesboro TN that gets 3000 miles a week. Also in the NE Ventura foods, Railex, one local in Bensalem and one between Bordentown and swedesboro NJ. sometimes there are beer or meat routes created during the holidays, but they only last a couple months. Also, NE routes are dispatched out of Pittston PA. If i wanted one of them, i have to give up my FM. And... all of the regional/dedicated are lightweights unless you are a trainer.

there is a lot of competition.

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14ยข per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Miles are all about time management. If you waste time on the load and roll into a customer with a dead clock, you need a 10 hour break. if you roll in with a full clock you can get a load out quickly.

My YT channel is in my profile. I posted real pay stubs to show you I usually get 2700ish miles. this week I am at 3333. So will be about $1850.

I am reefer and my FM is named "Greedy One Kenobi". lol

You WILL be moved to another FM. They are either "company" or "lease". If you are OTR , it doesnt matter who dispatches you. Im from NJ but my FM is MO. no big deal.

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.

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.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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JP, I'm company flatbed, trained in the Salt Lake City terminal as a supposed Western 11 regional driver. This morning I woke up at 130 and drove from New Hartford CT through NYC, New Jersey, Baltimore, and DC to get to Manassas. Now I'm back in Baltimore catching my 10 before heading down to the Carolina area with a load of shingles for the hurricane damage (boy are these going to be piling up in a warehouse).

I've come to understand that OTR is kinda just how it is. Like it's been stated, those dedicated customers are generalized. I think there is a few more in the tanker division but we do not recommend new drivers going to that division.

Most miles in a week has been just a touch over 3400. This week is 2400 ish plus two tarp jobs ($160) and some detention pay.

Kearsey did you get 50 bucks worth of Prime points in your app yet?

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.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Yep! and $50 for top driver of the fleet i havent spent yet. ;) Hot Stone Massage here i come!

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Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Nice job!

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You are being mean to me and I'm a Girl!!!!

I pick on you because you're my favorite YouTube sensation!

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hahahah i decided on a tagline: "A Positive Voice in Trucking"

i decided i positively hate cry babies lol

and in case the OP didn't see it....i posted my Prime pay stubs and showed the per diem along with discussing my average miles, home time pay and highest pay stubs.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

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