Can A Company Driver Be Forced To Pay For Fuel?

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PackRat's Comment
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The question I have is why would you go through this at a tiny company with limited resources in the first place? I would move on in a hurry.

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Now he's worried about losing a job

I would be much more worried about staying there.

RUN NOW before it's too late!

Rob T.'s Comment
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I highly suggest you use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. This wont be all companies obviously but theres quite a few. Companies LOVE husband/wife teams. Many people talk badly about the mega carriers such as swift, prime, schneider but a majority of our members drive for megas and love it. Atleast with a large company you receive a fuel card and aren't asked to run with unsafe equipment. Maybe I missed it but how long have you guys been driving?

PackRat's Comment
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I highly suggest you use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. This wont be all companies obviously but theres quite a few. Companies LOVE husband/wife teams. Many people talk badly about the mega carriers such as swift, prime, schneider but a majority of our members drive for megas and love it. Atleast with a large company you receive a fuel card and aren't asked to run with unsafe equipment. Maybe I missed it but how long have you guys been driving?

And why would you stay at this low-bucks "company" for employment?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Traci, if you received a 1099, and not W-2s, the company is not paying you in a legal manner. A 1099 "full paycheck" with no deductions is for independent contractors but it sounds like your boss is treating you like employees.

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We don't receive either a 1099 or a W2. This has been another huge concern for me. We dont receive pay stubs or any type of payment breakdown. Just the $500 or $600 per job transferred into our bank account

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Run, Traci, run! You are being paid, but no documentation/ statement/ pay stub?

As others suggest, Apply For Truck Driving Jobs now. A reasonable company is not run this way. You could possibly be in orientation with a proper trucking company by Monday.

icecold24k's Comment
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This whole situation is crazy that they would even make you wait to get a credit card from them to fuel their truck. Generally any reputable carrier has that ready to go and you are given a fuel card before you are even given a truck. I would be very leery of this whole situation. It sounds to me like a company that may be on the verge of folding up. I could be wrong but that is just my feeling. We generally don't advise people to move on from a company too often but in your case I would strongly consider it. Best of luck to you and hopefully they get that card to you soon.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Grandpa's Comment
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Traci, tell your fiancee he may not have a job soon anyway if you stay with this company. Danger...Danger..red flags are everywhere. Get out while you are ahead.

Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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It sounds to me like a company that may be on the verge of folding up. I could be wrong but that is just my feeling.

This was my thought as well. I wouldn't be surprised if the company was oscillating the number 0, financially speaking. How long does it take to get reimbursed for fueling their truck? Do they pay your paychecks on time every pay period? How long could you afford to work for them if they end up unable to provide you with your paycheck for one pay period? Based on the info you've provided, I would rate the likelihood of a missed paycheck in the near future as high.

Travis M.'s Comment
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Is that one job or two? Are the two of you the two company drivers?

If you choose to leave, be nice about it. A company owner on the edge could get vindictive.

My fiancee and I are company drivers, driving a company owned and maintained truck. The company is tiny, with only 2 power units and 2 dry van trailers.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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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