PTL Inc.

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BIG RIG's Comment
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Has anyone heard of or worked for the company PTL or Paschall Truck Lines INC. Are they any good

TxsGent's Comment
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I just started phase 2 of training. Most of what I hear is positive. I believe after the company went employee owned, there was a big push on improving equipment. All the new tractors are automatics. I am not a recruiter, but will try to answer questions from my observations. A recruiter can give you the sanctioned answers and have access to more info.

Tazzy's Comment
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I just started phase 2 of training. Most of what I hear is positive. I believe after the company went employee owned, there was a big push on improving equipment. All the new tractors are automatics. I am not a recruiter, but will try to answer questions from my observations. A recruiter can give you the sanctioned answers and have access to more info.

Hi Txs, are you still with Paschall? I don't really have any specific questions just wanting to get a feel of what I am getting into. I go to orientation for them on 8/17/2015. Anything you could tell me would be great!!

Shiva's Comment
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Are they training in automatics

Tazzy's Comment
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Are they training in automatics

There's not much training needed in the automatics. Put in gear and depress accelerator. Getting the truck to move in reverse takes a little getting used to. Not bad though, couple times backing and you get it.

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I just started phase 2 of training. Most of what I hear is positive. I believe after the company went employee owned, there was a big push on improving equipment. All the new tractors are automatics. I am not a recruiter, but will try to answer questions from my observations. A recruiter can give you the sanctioned answers and have access to more info.

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Hi Txs, are you still with Paschall? I don't really have any specific questions just wanting to get a feel of what I am getting into. I go to orientation for them on 8/17/2015. Anything you could tell me would be great!!

In my opinion PTL is a good company. Like all others they are full of promises, some I didn't see come through. But I only stayed 2 weeks into my Phase 2 of training.

Tractors: I got a new one 2015 Freightliner. More new ones coming in November both Freightliners and Internationals from what I heard. They don't reserve them by seniority. If your ready to get a truck and the only thing available is a new one, you get it.

Trailers...... Some new, some junk. Luck of the draw there.

Dispatchers: I can only assume it's the same with all companies, some good and some bad.

Trainers: much the same as dispatchers. I just happened to get a great one. Ask for him: Walter Stevens.

Miles: they claim during phase 2 the truck should average 6000/week. At .17/mile = $1020/week during training. Sounds too good? It is, we only were getting about 3000 per week, and if you talk to others they are about the same. You have to do 40000 truck miles during phase two of training. Do the math......... More than 3 months.

Home time: Can't really tell you much about that. I came home after two weeks, which is very abnormal, put my P2 partner had an emergency. Honestly, she just didn't like it and wanted out. After sitting two weekends in a row not making a penny, I wanted out as well.

You will see a lot of trainers, they seem to be the only ones that are making a good paycheck. Most of the solo drivers I got a chance to talk to (which are all now trainers), were only getting about 1800 - 2000 miles per week at .35/mile. Again do the math.

But it's coming into the holiday season and PTL says they have more loads than drivers............ They claimed that b4 my P2 started, we didn't see that many loads.

When I started my adventure I wanted to haul cars. Unfortunately, they wanted a lot more experience than I had. While on my home time I checked out a huge car auction house nearby. He just happened to have a guy quit the day before, and gave me a chance. This was my 3rd day driving for him, home nightly and have already made more in 3 days than I did in any 7 day period with PTL.

I got lucky!!! In my opinion you should stick with them through P2, you'll have 45000 - 50000 miles experience. Most of your better paying jobs want that experience.

Overall though, I would say they are a good company to work for, or at least to start with. I doubt you will be given a brand new truck anywhere else as a rookie.

There's a few others in here that drive for PTL, or did drive for them the last time I was here, hopefully they can give you a truthful insight of their experiences. Some in here are very negative, try to ignore them. It's just their opinions and experiences and based on their negativity, they probably brought on whatever bad experiences they had on themselves.

Good Luck. Let us know how you make out!!!!!!!

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Richard S.'s Comment
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Yes I have they fired after being hired for false/positive drug screen

Has anyone heard of or worked for the company PTL or Paschall Truck Lines INC. Are they any good

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Yes I have they fired after being hired for false/positive drug screen

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Has anyone heard of or worked for the company PTL or Paschall Truck Lines INC. Are they any good

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Hi, Richard;

Welcome to Trucking Truth!

So, who'd you end up driving for since Paschall didn't work out?

Did you have to do a SAP? Love to hear about the process; thanks!

~ Anne ~

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.

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