straight truck leased to Landstar

Discussion in 'Expediter and Hot Shot Trucking Forum' started by ampm wayne, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. gandrew

    gandrew Bobtail Member

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    You are thinking right. Starting out it is wise to drive another BCOs truck for a few months to learn the system and to find out if non dispatched is right for you. This business is not for everyone. Leasing on lets you walk away. If it is right, buy a used truck. There are lots and lots of them available now. Drive it for a while then get a newer used truck again. Take it from me, a brand new truck is a large debt to carry in slow times.
     
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    Omasdaddy Bobtail Member

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    so from what I am reading here the express america division operates with the live loadboards like their OTR trucks do?
     
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    Landstar has one load board that everybody sees. Mostly it is for semi trucks. Very rare that a load is listed that an expediter could haul. Rates are usually poor on the board loads, remember they show the linehaul, not the dollars to the truck. Express America uses agents that catch loads off the internet and offer them to drivers or sometimes agents have steady clients with loads that can be offered out. Landstar agents are supposed to offer loads to Landstar trucks first, then offer the loads to other carriers. But agents are independent businessmen and if they operate differently the company looks the other way. Lots of undercutting of rates going on now in order to book the loads. It is not a good time to be joining up.
     
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    I guess you weren't around in the old days.The best carriers around all had union OO's.I was a teamster with the old PIE/All States,and Consolidated Freightways,and TIME-DC,for many years.Best money I ever made.Two check system,you received drivers pay and benefits,and a truck check.
     
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