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Mike H.'s Comment
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What company if I may ask?

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My company has 50 new Volvos arriving this month

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Halvor Lines

Marcin M.'s Comment
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Schools also put this dream of big $$$ right in our heads claiming to survive 3-6 months keeping CDL clear and then we can “write our own ticket”, negotiate, have upper hand amid drivers shortage. Unless something pops up thru connections, I will get a job with major carrier who is willing to take me straight out of school, do my job the best I can, swallow obstacles, tight my belt and get this experience, hoping good money will follow.

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.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Here is my earnings Since May first, my hire date.

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Marcin M.'s Comment
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Cold shower for students with big expectations :)

Rob D.'s Comment
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Cold shower for students with big expectations :)

My total earnings includes Prime's TNT phase where I made $700/week. It also includes home time during TNT and some home time since I went solo in August 2020. All in, I am pretty happy with my pay to date.

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 14¢ 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.

Don's Comment
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Oops! My post meant to state "I doubt there will never not be a driver shortage anytime soon.

As many foreigner's (I see at receivers) who can barely speak/comprehend English, I doubt there will be a "driver shortage" anytime soon. There is a reason these immigrants are able to get jobs.

DJames's Comment
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Cold shower for students with big expectations :)

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My total earnings includes Prime's TNT phase where I made $700/week. It also includes home time during TNT and some home time since I went solo in August 2020. All in, I am pretty happy with my pay to date.

That's good! Considering only about 5 months of true solo driving and home time as well.

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 14¢ 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.

DJames's Comment
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You should never ask a recruiter a speculative question. Stick with facts about the company or the specific job you're interested in. Don't try to get them to predict the future.

Have you ever seen a train without an engineer? I don't know why you should be concerned about a truck with no driver. Autonomous trucks are a long ways off. Driverless trucks seem unlikely for a really long time.

Yes and when you take into account that the ability to automate trains has been around since the 60s at least it seems to bode well for truck drivers.

Zach 's Comment
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As new driver my biggest fear is self driving trucks putting us out of work. They already have the technology for it and are testing them on highways

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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As new driver my biggest fear is self driving trucks putting us out of work. They already have the technology for it and are testing them on highways

I wouldn't worry too much about self driving trucks taking over anytime soon. Planes and trains still have people operating them and there is far less things for them to run into.

Just remember it's in the best interest of the companies working on self driving to make it sound closer than it actually is. In keeps the money rolling in.

In fact I posted an article here about 2+ years ago that claimed half of trucks drivers would be out of jobs in 5 years, well you can see how well that is going, every major company is hiring especially in the LTL sector.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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