Truck Leasing At Prime

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Serah D.'s Comment
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Hi,

I know there are quite a few trainee/rookie/experienced company drivers with Prime Inc. I read the following post and was wondering if anyone cared to comment.

I went to Prime with my class A permit, studied the pre-trip on the pad for days, went out with a trainer, and was let go after 5 days. I did not want to lease and my recruiter kept telling me I had to lease. My trainer told his manager with Prime I was untrainable and would not listen. What a bunch of crap. I drove a school bus for 19 years and I was never wrote up for not doing the job correctly. I had 4 cameras and a GPS on my bus. If I was such an idiot I'm sure it would have been recorded. My trainer was an unhappily married man looking to change jobs. He told me and I heard him talking on the phone while he was driving. Prime Inc. does not want company drivers. They want to lease you a truck. Guess who owns the company where the trucks come from. The owner of Prime Inc.

Does Prime have many women drivers?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Hi,

I know there are quite a few trainee/rookie/experienced company drivers with Prime Inc. I read the following post and was wondering if anyone cared to comment.

Quote: I went to Prime with my class A permit, studied the pre-trip on the pad for days, went out with a trainer, and was let go after 5 days. I did not want to lease and my recruiter kept telling me I had to lease. My trainer told his manager with Prime I was untrainable and would not listen. What a bunch of crap. I drove a school bus for 19 years and I was never wrote up for not doing the job correctly. I had 4 cameras and a GPS on my bus. If I was such an idiot I'm sure it would have been recorded. My trainer was an unhappily married man looking to change jobs. He told me and I heard him talking on the phone while he was driving. Prime Inc. does not want company drivers. They want to lease you a truck. Guess who owns the company where the trucks come from. The owner of Prime Inc. Unquote

Does Prime have many women drivers?

Well not sure where you read that but that information is just crap. We have to many people here the drive for Prime and if what you read was true then we would have heard of it long before now. The person that wrote that could not cut it as a driver and what they wrote to a way they feel they can get back at Prime.

Sarah stay off those other trash websites. They will corrupt you mind.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I drove a school bus for 19 years and I was never wrote up for not doing the job correctly. I had 4 cameras and a GPS on my bus. If I was such an idiot I'm sure it would have been recorded.

Sounds like "know-it-all syndrome" - been there, done that, don't have to listen. That would be my guess. The trucking industry is rife with that sort of thing because most people entering the trucking industry are middle aged and have one or more careers under their belt already. They've seen a lot, they've experienced a lot, and they come into trucking thinking they know way more than they do.

This guy was a bus driver so he probably thought he was only a little bit of backing practice away from being a big rig driver. I mean, how different can it be, right? Especially after 19 years behind the wheel of a bus. Practice a little backing and hit the highways like a pro, right? He doesn't need anyone barking in his ear about what to do. Heck, he could probably help teach other new drivers. It all makes perfect sense if you have no experience behind the wheel of a big rig and therefore no idea what you're talking about.

I've never once heard anyone say that Prime pushed their leasing program to the students of their Company-Sponsored Training Program or to experienced drivers coming into orientation. I'm sure they'll mention it, but they certainly don't push it.

I did not want to lease and my recruiter kept telling me I had to lease

That's where this person's integrity went "kerplump!" right into the sewer.

My trainer was an unhappily married man looking to change jobs.

So he figured he'd make up lies about you not being trainable and have you fired? Yeah, that's probably exactly what happened.

So either a guy with 19 years of bus driving experience figured he knew it all and didn't have to listen, or this guy desperately wanted to learn to be the very best truck driver he could be but everyone at Prime was out to take advantage of him or get him fired. You decide which of the two seems more likely.

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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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Chris L.'s Comment
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I'm a company driver for Prime, I just started in April this year and never even been asked to go lease. I've been getting plenty of miles also. I'm happy with my decision to go to Prime and see myself sticking around for a while.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Hi,

I know there are quite a few trainee/rookie/experienced company drivers with Prime Inc. I read the following post and was wondering if anyone cared to comment.

Quote: I went to Prime with my class A permit, studied the pre-trip on the pad for days, went out with a trainer, and was let go after 5 days. I did not want to lease and my recruiter kept telling me I had to lease. My trainer told his manager with Prime I was untrainable and would not listen. What a bunch of crap. I drove a school bus for 19 years and I was never wrote up for not doing the job correctly. I had 4 cameras and a GPS on my bus. If I was such an idiot I'm sure it would have been recorded. My trainer was an unhappily married man looking to change jobs. He told me and I heard him talking on the phone while he was driving. Prime Inc. does not want company drivers. They want to lease you a truck. Guess who owns the company where the trucks come from. The owner of Prime Inc. Unquote

Does Prime have many women drivers?

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Well not sure where you read that but that information is just crap. We have to many people here the drive for Prime and if what you read was true then we would have heard of it long before now. The person that wrote that could not cut it as a driver and what they wrote to a way they feel they can get back at Prime.

Sarah stay off those other trash websites. They will corrupt you mind.

Actually, this was posted by one of our own members (joined 3 months ago - Cynthia L) in the 'Ladies in Trucking' forum. Btw, since I signed up on TT I have never looked at any other website, even out of curiosity - no need . Maybe Cynthia could do with a bit of advise!!!!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Serah D.'s Comment
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I'm a company driver for Prime, I just started in April this year and never even been asked to go lease. I've been getting plenty of miles also. I'm happy with my decision to go to Prime and see myself sticking around for a while.

Any women drivers?

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I'm a company driver for Prime, I just started in April this year and never even been asked to go lease. I've been getting plenty of miles also. I'm happy with my decision to go to Prime and see myself sticking around for a while.

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Any women drivers?

I have seen some women driving Prime trucks so I am sure there are but don't know of if there is any in this forums.

OK i guess that is the reason I did not see the post cause I never look at the other forum sections on TT. Just the General Discussion page.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I never go in the Ladies Forum either. I leave that to Starcar. I've never been married, but I'm no dummy. If a woman says to me, "Hey, we need a place that the ladies can talk and help each other out" then I know enough to stay far away, even if I own the place!

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Serah D.'s Comment
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I never go in the Ladies Forum either. I leave that to Starcar. I've never been married, but I'm no dummy. If a woman says to me, "Hey, we need a place that the ladies can talk and help each other out" then I know enough to stay far away, even if I own the place!

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Thanks Guyjax. Brett, I don't think advise from the men would be unwelcome, lol. Ladies forum never gets varied responses like in the general forum. OS has given advise and it was appreciated!!!!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I never go in the Ladies Forum either. I leave that to Starcar. I've never been married, but I'm no dummy. If a woman says to me, "Hey, we need a place that the ladies can talk and help each other out" then I know enough to stay far away, even if I own the place!

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Thanks Guyjax. Brett, I don't think advise from the men would be unwelcome, lol. Ladies forum never gets varied responses like in the general forum. OS has given advise and it was appreciated!!!!

OS has also raised three girls of his own so he understand women a lot more than any of us do. No guy can truly understand women but he's pretty close. In fact, I sometimes go to him for advice too. I'm still struggling with my wife always being right and me being wrong. I guess at 22, I still have a lot to learn!

As far as Prime pushing the lease. That's as far from the truth as anyone can get. I still haven't had anyone from Prime even mention a lease to me or recommend it to me. It's out there for you if thats what you want, but it's completely up to the person. Not every company is like this though. My previous company pushed the lease down my throat like there was no tomorrow. Not as bad as the person is describing it on the post, but not far from it either.

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