What’s Going On Maverick???

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Michael M.'s Comment
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Hey guys. New here and trying to get started in flatbed with no CDL. I applied at Maverick and TMC as they were my top two for paid training. I did the high road training on here which was great by the way. Got my CLP in TN and sent it to TMC who denied me the next day (must have been the tattoos the recruiter told me not to worry about). Anyhow I would be very happy to go to Little Rock. It’s been a month since I applied at Maverick and they keep telling me they’re waiting on background checks and it keeps getting pushed back but that I’m in a good hiring area and everything else looks good. TMC sent me a copy of my clean background and MVR very quickly. Am I just being impatient or jerked around. Seems like it should not take this long. Anyone been through Maverick CDL lately? I searched the forums and didn’t see anything too recent on them. As far as other local paid outfits I’m about 30 minutes away from R.E. West but their pay didn’t look all that great. Still an option though. I know someone is going to say you don’t have to do flatbed but it’s the more physical work and better CPM that appeals to me. Thanks.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Just out of curiosity, what reason did TMC give you for such a fast refusal? Your tattoos comment is attempted humor?

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Why are you looking for local paid outfits?

I train at Prime and after a few days of orientation, our students go over the road making deliveries. So location doesnt matter. They pay for transportation to get their, hotel and food during orientation as well as a $200 advance for meals until you test out.

You are really limiting yourself if you are only looking at training close to you because it doesnt matter. I am dispatched out of MO but live in NJ. Distance when it comes to OTR is not an issue.

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.

Over The Road:

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.

Banks's Comment
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Just out of curiosity, what reason did TMC give you for such a fast refusal? Your tattoos comment is attempted humor?

TMC won't give you a reason for refusal and they are very picky. I don't think it had anything to do with tattoos because I know plenty of people that worked there and have visible tattoos.

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.

andhe78's Comment
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I know someone is going to say you don’t have to do flatbed but it’s the more physical work and better CPM that appeals to me. Thanks.

I’d like to point out that in your first year, the higher cpm isn’t going to mean a thing for you. So much of your time is going to be spent securing and tarping that it’s going to cut deeply into your driving time. You’re pretty much going to load and unload every day with Maverick, and until you’re able to get secured in under an hour, you’re paycheck isn’t going to be much bigger than a door slammer’s. Those four hour tarping jobs your first month are going to hurt. To be clear, I’m not talking you out of it, am glad I started with flatbed-just trying to manage your expectations.

Tennessee is a great spot for Maverick drivers, a ton of their freight goes through there. Have no idea what the delay may be about, I know they used to have a pretty long waiting list for their school, and covid may have made it worse. Ask the recruiter what the hang up is-I didn’t go through their school, but my background check was done in a day. I also doubt Tmc dropped you for your tattoos unless they are really vulgar-got a good buddy of mine that drives for them with full sleeves.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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.

Michael M.'s Comment
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I really appreciate the replies guys. (And Gal) As for TMC they gave no reason at all. Seemed like everything was going along well until I sent a picture of my CLP. I’m aware of their high standards as far as appearance and made sure to ask my recruiter questions about my tattoos on my throat and both hands knowing the policy is to keep them covered. I went as far as to buy flesh tone UV gloves and figured we’re all wearing neck gaiters anyway. At least I got a NO before showing up so that’s a blessing.

As for R.E West I only mentioned the proximity because I’m in Clarksville and can be home every night before on the road training.

I was told the company that handles the background checks at Maverick keeps pushing back the delivery date. But it’s just us guys in TN and TX waiting apparently.

Maybe I can forward my check from TMC Lol. I definitely don’t want to limit myself to one company but I’m afraid if I apply for too many companies at once I might lose an opportunity putting a YES on hold to wait on a NO if that makes sense.

Btw I have no tattoos that would be considered offensive or vulgar. I just have more than I can hide unless it’s 20 degrees outside.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I really appreciate the replies guys. (And Gal) As for TMC they gave no reason at all. Seemed like everything was going along well until I sent a picture of my CLP. I’m aware of their high standards as far as appearance and made sure to ask my recruiter questions about my tattoos on my throat and both hands knowing the policy is to keep them covered. I went as far as to buy flesh tone UV gloves and figured we’re all wearing neck gaiters anyway. At least I got a NO before showing up so that’s a blessing.

As for R.E West I only mentioned the proximity because I’m in Clarksville and can be home every night before on the road training.

I was told the company that handles the background checks at Maverick keeps pushing back the delivery date. But it’s just us guys in TN and TX waiting apparently.

Maybe I can forward my check from TMC Lol. I definitely don’t want to limit myself to one company but I’m afraid if I apply for too many companies at once I might lose an opportunity putting a YES on hold to wait on a NO if that makes sense.

Btw I have no tattoos that would be considered offensive or vulgar. I just have more than I can hide unless it’s 20 degrees outside.

You could always shoot out our 'one and done' app, and upon contact from their end, explain that Flatbed is your main foray. Applying to many companies will in no way hurt you, accepting more than one invite just might.

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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.

Pre-hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Robert H.'s Comment
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Hang in there Michael. The delay is probably due to having smaller class sizes due to covid. I've been with Maverick for 3 1/2 years, they have been really good to me. I'm not far from you (Dyersburg), home most weekends, maybe 2 or 3 weeks a year I get hung out. The pay out the gate is good, the equipment is good. Their expectations are a little higher than some but the only limit will be you.

Michael M.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone. I guess I’m just impatiently waiting. I suppose I’ll throw out a few apps in the meantime. Also waiting on passport and TWIC to come in.

I’m really eager to get in a truck and out of the factory. Pay is good but it’s just not for me anymore.

Will definitely keep y’all posted when I get an orientation date wherever that may be.

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.

Michael M.'s Comment
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Well that only took forever. Got the call today fellas. I’ll be in Little Rock Saturday. I’m pretty excited. Wish me luck and I’ll try to give updates.

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