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Luffy D.'s Comment
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This is a question for prime tnt trainers or really anyone who knows. During the tnt phase, as long as your available for dispatch, prime is supposed to pay u $700 minimum which I believe comes out of the trainers pay (correct me if I'm wrong). My question is if the pay does come out of the trainers pay, does the trainer have the ability to mess with it or give u less than what u signed up for? Or does prime deduct the pay from the trainer and give it to the trainee with no input from the trainer? Will the trainee still get $700 even if the trainer and trainee had a bad week where they didn't get that many miles?

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Prime pays the $700 directly to you without any input or say so from the trainer. It's guaranteed pay as long as you are available for dispatch, even on a week with low miles. Your trainer can't mess with that.

Rob. D.'s Comment
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Prime pays the $700 directly to you without any input or say so from the trainer. It's guaranteed pay as long as you are available for dispatch, even on a week with low miles. Your trainer can't mess with that.

Luffy,

One caveat about Prime's guaranteed pay in regard to the criteria that Turtle mentioned being "available for dispatch." It involves the trainer taking home time and the student does not get paid because the student is not "available for dispatch," even though the student did not choose to take home time. In other words, involuntary student home time.

I thought there was a recent thread where this happened but I couldn't find it. Below is an old thread involving the same issue.

Prime Student "Involuntary" Home Time

Turtle knows more about Prime's policies and can elaborate, but I just wanted you to be aware of this issue.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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It involves the trainer taking home time and the student does not get paid because the student is not "available for dispatch

But that's only if the student goes home also. He/she wouldn't be eligible for the guarantee pay, since they are also taking home time.

If the trainer were to take a few unplanned days off while the student stayed at a terminal or truck stop, the student, through no choice of their own, is forced into time off themselves, but we'll still be technically available for dispatch and eligible to receive their guaranteed pay.

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.

Luffy D.'s Comment
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Thanks turtle and Rob, learning that the trainer has no control over the pay made me look at my situation from a different angle and I'm pretty sure I figured out why I didn't make 700 this past week (I wasn't available for dispatch for two of the days of the work week (Wednesday and Thursday)) and I since I'm still in a learning phase, I forgot about that important fact. I'm sure this work week since I've been working the whole time, it'll go back to normal. I'll check that thread out Rob. I've read a bunch of ur training stories turtle, u seem to be a great trainer, hope to run into u one day

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