Navajo Express Unique Practices?

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Seppo's Comment
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I've been calling a few different companies to get my career going, both those with and without CDL training programs. I got in touch with Navajo yesterday, and their recruiter told me that for the first year as a new driver, you are paid a guaranteed amount each day you are available and "ready to work" regardless of whether you're moving or sitting. This pay scale is $110 per day months 1-3, $115 per day months 4-6, and $120 per day the remaining six months of your first year. You begin your second year at $.35/mile. This is much different than what is stated on their company profile here on TT, which has first year pay at $.25/mile.

It seems most companies do a flat rate during training, and I've seen a couple that give you the choice of either a flat rate or CPM once you go solo, at least for the first year. Seems with some of these programs, if you choose the flat rate they'll give you a bonus if you end up going above a certain number of miles, but Navajo is the only company I've found so far that does exclusively flat rate as the only option for the first year. Wondering if anyone here has any experience with that type of system and how it worked out for them.

I'm not inclined to put all my eggs in the Navajo basket anyway, as their recruiter told me they do not do pre-hire letters whatsoever for drivers before they attend CDL school. This was also surprising as it seems from what I've read on this forum that pre-hire letters are pretty standard. The recruiter said it limits their liability so they don't have to commit to hiring people before they've gone through schooling, but I didn't think a pre-hire was a binding agreement that a company HAS to hire a driver. Anyone aware of any other companies that don't do pre-hire letters? Might be beneficial info to add to company profile pages or at least in a thread here on the forum.


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.


Cents Per Mile

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


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


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.

Phil C.'s Comment
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Anything a recruiter tells you is suspect. Always get things in writing. If they wont put it in writing its probably BS. Those pay things you quote is because you will be basically an underpaid team driver your first year, not solo. Make sure you understand what you will be doing for that pay, is making the company money to pay for your training costs. Any flat rate is most likely team driving for the first xx months.

The companies change things that are not always updated here, because its not the companies that are posting those, its Brett and others trying to help out as they can by offering you ideas of companies that are typically hiring.



Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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