Fuel Bonus ???

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James B.'s Comment
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I have seen the phrase “fuel bonus” a few times and wasn’t sure what that was ?

Sorry guys I’m brand knew to this industry, studying for my class A permit and have been making mid to low 90s on air brakes/ combination vehicles/ general knowledge & Texas commercial vehicle operation test ! I made a post similar to this yesterday, got some great feedback but the reason I’m making another one is because I saw on this cdl free training trucking website that those were the only test you had to pass to get your CLP !

I think I’m ready . ..

Thanks in advance fellas

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.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Old School's Comment
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It sounds like you are ready James. In Texas they have an additional section which you will need to know also. I didn't look it up to make sure, but it seems like that is section 14 in the Texas manual. Does that sound right? Texas is the only state that has questions on the permit test from that section. In fact they are the only state with that section in their manual.

When you hear someone refer to a fuel bonus it is something the company offers to drivers who manage to keep their fuel mileage at certain levels. Fuel and payroll are two of the biggest expenses in the trucking business. They try all kinds of way to keep their fuel expenses at acceptable levels. Of course it is a constantly moving target with fuel prices being so volatile. Let's just say your company offers you an extra three cents per mile on your loads for the month if you can keep your fuel mileage above 7 miles per gallon. If your mileage ends up averaging 7.6 miles per gallon for the month then they will take your total miles for that month, multiply it by .03, and you will get a bonus check for that amount. If you ran 10,500 miles for the month you would get a fuel bonus for $315.00. At that rate you can earn yourself almost an extra four thousand dollars for the year. That is just a bare bones explanation. Many of these companies have other incentives for productivity and safety also. Some of these programs can net a driver an extra ten grand or more throughout the course of a year.

Old School's Comment
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Hey James, I just did a little checking on this and it is section 14 of the Texas manual that you will need to study. Here is an old conversation in our forum concerning this very matter. I hope you will check it out and heed the warning.

Special Section For Texas Drivers Getting Their CLP

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 B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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OS nailed it. Considering what the National fuel surcharge is right now (additional money paid on loads to offset fuel costs) companies should be paying exceptionally well on fuel bonuses. Currently it’s sitting at 36% which at 7mpg and a rate paying $2 per mile will cover the cost of fuel and put extra money in the companies pocket.

James B.'s Comment
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Thank you for your insight I’m learning more and more every day God Bless

OS nailed it. Considering what the National fuel surcharge is right now (additional money paid on loads to offset fuel costs) companies should be paying exceptionally well on fuel bonuses. Currently it’s sitting at 36% which at 7mpg and a rate paying $2 per mile will cover the cost of fuel and put extra money in the companies pocket.

James B.'s Comment
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Yes sir I did read that whole conversation and I did learn something but just wondering I’ve been axing 4 test and they are saying that you only take the combination vehicle & Texas commercial vehicle operation test. .. I guess I need to check into that a little more, don’t want to het caught with your pants down so to speak lol thank you !

It sounds like you are ready James. In Texas they have an additional section which you will need to know also. I didn't look it up to make sure, but it seems like that is section 14 in the Texas manual. Does that sound right? Texas is the only state that has questions on the permit test from that section. In fact they are the only state with that section in their manual.

When you hear someone refer to a fuel bonus it is something the company offers to drivers who manage to keep their fuel mileage at certain levels. Fuel and payroll are two of the biggest expenses in the trucking business. They try all kinds of way to keep their fuel expenses at acceptable levels. Of course it is a constantly moving target with fuel prices being so volatile. Let's just say your company offers you an extra three cents per mile on your loads for the month if you can keep your fuel mileage above 7 miles per gallon. If your mileage ends up averaging 7.6 miles per gallon for the month then they will take your total miles for that month, multiply it by .03, and you will get a bonus check for that amount. If you ran 10,500 miles for the month you would get a fuel bonus for $315.00. At that rate you can earn yourself almost an extra four thousand dollars for the year. That is just a bare bones explanation. Many of these companies have other incentives for productivity and safety also. Some of these programs can net a driver an extra ten grand or more throughout the course of a year.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

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