Trucker Expenses Have To Pay ?

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Phil K.'s Comment
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What all are the expenses or Outofpocket money truck driver has to shell out ... I assume you all have pay for your own food eats while working nite/day trucking, right ? But how's it work who pays for things like :: 1. huge loads gas or fillups ? 2. tolls or wgh station fees ? 3. if State cop stops ya cites you a speeding tix or some code truck violation ? who's responsible driver or company ?? who pays ? 4. Vehicle or driver insurance ? or Liability insurance?.. like do i have to tell my personal car insurance that I got a CDL-A now not just classD, and semitruck driver now ? Are they gonna up up increase my personal car ins or is it totally separate thing? 5. If truck or driver has accident minor or major ? What happens? Does driver have to pay company back maybe at least their ons. deductible, like maybe $2-3000 . Or does company have big ins and cover it all and just warn driver, if wasn't really his fault? 6. anything else Drivers have to pay cash $$ outoftheir own pockets ? 7. Do most company refund reimburse driver expenses later ? Maybe only the best ones do that ?

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.
Viking's Comment
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What all are the expenses or Outofpocket money truck driver has to shell out ... I assume you all have pay for your own food eats while working nite/day trucking, right ? But how's it work who pays for things like :: 1. huge loads gas or fillups ? 2. tolls or wgh station fees ? 3. if State cop stops ya cites you a speeding tix or some code truck violation ? who's responsible driver or company ?? who pays ? 4. Vehicle or driver insurance ? or Liability insurance?.. like do i have to tell my personal car insurance that I got a CDL-A now not just classD, and semitruck driver now ? Are they gonna up up increase my personal car ins or is it totally separate thing? 5. If truck or driver has accident minor or major ? What happens? Does driver have to pay company back maybe at least their ons. deductible, like maybe $2-3000 . Or does company have big ins and cover it all and just warn driver, if wasn't really his fault? 6. anything else Drivers have to pay cash $$ outoftheir own pockets ? 7. Do most company refund reimburse driver expenses later ? Maybe only the best ones do that ?

Quite a few questions. Ill do my best to answer these.

1. Company issues you a fuel card

2. Company issues truck "EZ" pass transponder. Certain tolls that the transponder doesn't cover but are required are reimbursed in full. Unauthorized tolls are your problem. I'm guessing you mean Scales. Fuel card pays for those, if the scale doesnt accept the fuel card you can always pay out of pocket and be reimbursed with a receipt.

3. You. Don't speed.

4. No. The company handles that. Most of the big ones are self insured.

5. Depends on each individual situation and the drivers history. Usually if it's your first booboo and not to damaging you get a slap on the wrist and possibly a training video. This also depends on your attitude post accident. Not sure about payroll deductions post accident.

6. It varies but, in 2.5 years I think I've paid out of pocket once for a spring for the air lines and was promptly reimbursed with receipt.

7. Yes.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Phil, the simple answer is that you will have little to no out of pocket expenses. In the last eight years I may have, once or twice, put out 35 or 40 dollars under very unusual circumstances. It was always reimbursed on the following paycheck after I submitted the receipt.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey B.'s Comment
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If you are a company driver you will pay for your food and any tickets you get. The tickets only because if you were following company policy you wouldn't have gotten a ticket. You may have to buy little things on occasion but are reimbursed on the next check. Everything related to the truck is paid for by the company. Well, unless you are a lease purchase or O/O which everyone here will advise against myself included they you pay for everything including the truck.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dan67's Comment
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Paid parking lots are sometimes company paid with a fuel card or reimbursed with receipt or at drivers expense. All depends on the company.

Tolls are up to the company. Some have PrePass EZpass or another transponder and those are company paid. Sometime driver has to pay and get reimbursed by the company and some are on the driver. Don't go out of route unless authorized by the company.

Cat Scales can be on the company fuel card or you might have to pay it. And get reimbursed from the company with a receipt.

The best answer on tickets is, DON'T GET A TICKET. Never speed. Never speed in a construction zone. Scale every load over 30K on a cat scale to make sure you are legal. Unsure if you should pull into a State DOT weigh station, pull in.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Cat Scales:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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At Prime i pay for my chains, load locks and and trailer padlock. if i left i could take them or sell them. they are mine

i have paid maybe 3 or 4 times in 5 years for parts such as light bulb, mud flap, fuel cap. not only do they reimbirse for the parts but then pay for for installing them.

Scale tickets i pay for in advance and get reimbursed if i need the actual ticket for a customer. otherwise i use the phone app for the CAT scale and pay nothing.

sometimes i pay for parking $15 or a shower at a location of my choosing. but those are my choices.... i love the soaking tubs at Little America truck stop but rarely fuel there so i do not always have shower credits. Sometimes i get a hotel room.. or grab an uber to see sights or dine, shop.

covid really is annoying me cause i am enjoying the road less.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Viking's Comment
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At Prime i pay for my chains, load locks and and trailer padlock. if i left i could take them or sell them. they are mine

i have paid maybe 3 or 4 times in 5 years for parts such as light bulb, mud flap, fuel cap. not only do they reimbirse for the parts but then pay for for installing them.

Scale tickets i pay for in advance and get reimbursed if i need the actual ticket for a customer. otherwise i use the phone app for the CAT scale and pay nothing.

sometimes i pay for parking $15 or a shower at a location of my choosing. but those are my choices.... i love the soaking tubs at Little America truck stop but rarely fuel there so i do not always have shower credits. Sometimes i get a hotel room.. or grab an uber to see sights or dine, shop.

covid really is annoying me cause i am enjoying the road less.

I also use the phone app for scales, I have noted it says a printed ticket will be available at the fuel desk for 1hr. I've never bothered because I don't ever really need a physical copy and part of the reason I use the app is to not have to find somewhere to park and walk inside ( I usually drive almost exclusively at night). Have you tried that? Kinda curious.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Spaceman Spiff's Comment
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Yeah it is just a .PDF emailed to you after you get off the scale. Seriously convenient and no one has to yell through the speaker to each other.

It did fail once at the TA in Ontario CA, but for the most part I would advise anyone reading to line that app up ASAP

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

000's Comment
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One out pocket that is huge here at Prime is for flatbedders. My friend told me he paid somewhere around $5K for all his gear. They do take it out in small increments but that's a lot of loot for someone starting out. He loves it though.

Wild-Bill's Comment
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Viking, I had a customer that needed a printed scale ticket. Used the app and walked in for the printed copy. No problems. Usually though the pdf is all I need though.

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