Tempus Transport

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Road-_-blocker's Comment
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I was interested in OTR straight truck driving. I have my class B cdl and will be getting my tanker and hazmat endorsements in a few weeks. I have no experience except trucking school (40hrs) and have applied to many jobs with no luck. Tempus transport will hire me and the pay ain't half bad .50 cent per mile but split pay because its teams. I have not heard of this company before and cant find any reviews on them. I know they lease trucks from Panther for us to use as company drivers. If anyone has any insight to them or advise in general, let me know. This would be a huge change for me and my family in the upcoming month as i transition from retail to trucking. 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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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.

Old School's Comment
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Road blocker, I'm curious why you just don't go ahead and get the class A license. I realize it is none of my business, but it is something that I have never understood why people will go to a truck driving school and settle for the class B when it just isn't but a few small steps to get the "whole enchilada".

Class B straight truck OTR jobs are in my opinion notorious for a lot of hard work with very little pay. I realize you are new to this and are probably excited about the job, but I will tell you straight up that you need to talk to some of the other drivers at that company and find out if they have any trouble getting their pay. Also you need to find out what expenses you are responsible for. Often times those jobs require you to pay for the fuel, and you definitely don't want to get into that. Definitely talk to some other drivers and find out how much money they are taking home.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Road-_-blocker's Comment
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went for class b in hopes of a local job, but it seems everyone wants 2-3 years experience. I have applied to 13 jobs in the last 2 weeks and no one has called back. I wanted to get my class a cdl but with my current workplace schedule made it impossible. The instructors looked at my work schedule and said they couldn't work with any of it because its so random. I took a vacation from work to get the class b since it was a 40 hr course. I can't seem to find any info online about tempus so it makes me worried a bit. I was told by the recruiter that it was 95% touch free freight. I just emailed her about the other questions you brought to my attention. I just want to find a good company that i can trust to not have any hassles with. She also said they most drivers stay out 6-8 weeks and take 10 days off home time. They use trucks leased through Panther trucking, she didnt say anything about us having to pay anything. They also pay you $59 a day just for being on the road, which seems like a tax break for them. I hope someone can chime in with personal experience but i found a site saying tempus only has 50 drivers. I dont know what to do at this point.

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.
Road-_-blocker's Comment
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Got a email reply form tempus. They said they give drivers a T check card to pay for all fuel and other expenses that the truck needs. She explained that they are a fleet owner through panther. Panther provides the freight and tempus gives drivers trucks to move it. Sounds better than what i was thinking but still on the fence about OTR jobs in general. I might have an opportunity to drive for a local farmer so i may try that out first. I won't get paid as much but i will have enough hours to make up for it. If i can make it through to see my unborn childs birth, i may go OTR just to make more money and having some experience prior wouldnt hurt.

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.

Patrick S.'s Comment
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Hello I have a Class A cdl I have no otr experience so I considering to drive for Tempus transport a third party for Panther logistics trucking straight truck team drivers due to my lake of experience 1099 job my councern is The Recruiter i spoke with told me the pay is based on what the truck makes split between teams & from my understanding you don't geet paid by the miles so is there any money to be made please help

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.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Personally I would avoid any job that pays 1099, I did it when I leased a limo and hated it. I seriously looked into expediting a few years ago bevause I saw all those nice Panther and Fedex Custom Critical straight trucks none are company trucks they are all owned by O/O or small fleets. Which is a huge disadvantage in my opinion especially for a driver just starting out living OTR.

One thing everyone in my research agreed on is it a very fast paced environment followed by sometimes a day or two with no loads, and no pay.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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When I hear “1099” brought up, the first thing that comes to mind is Fly By Night! Why work somewhere that is offering no security, probably will pay less, offer no future, and expect you to do extra bookkeeping, ie payroll deductions, federal, state, local tax withholding, etc.? There are too many established, legitimate employers out here to go work for.

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