To anyone considering going to work for TNI, Tri-Nat or RMR Driver Services out of Earth City,MO
I would like to relate my experience working for TNI, Tri-Nat or RMR Driver Services whichever you would be inclined to call them. Before hiring with them I tried to find out something about them on the internet and amazingly couldnt. They are nothing more than a predator company. I worked for them from Feb 2009 thru March 2009 and it was the biggest mistake of my life. First and foremost be aware that you are nothing but meat in the seat to them and they will let you know it. To start with they require 2 yrs experience and pay .32 per mile. You are supposed to be out 7 to 10 days and youre given loose leaf logs for a reason. They're trucks run at 65mph
They slip seat meaning you will have a different truck every time you leave out. When you go to orientation it is 8hrs unpaid and you will be required to sign a form stating that you will pay them 1.25 per mile if you run out of route. Theyre medical benefits cover only you, you will be responsible for the full payment on any other family members
On my first trip out, I was enroute to Laredo from Pharr, TX and my truck blew an airline in a construction zone. When I called them, they said to let them find a vendor and they will get back to me. During this time I located a vendor an hour away from me and gave them the number. They called me back and said the vendor had a 3hr wait time, that they were sending a truck from the Laredo yard which was also 3hrs. So out of curiosity I called the vendor which I had located and found out he had no wait time and could be to me in 45min. (Why Lie just tell me the truth) Once I got to Laredo I sat there for 3 days waiting on a load with no layover pay.
The very next run from Laredo, I made my drop early and took an empty like I was supposed to, sent in my empty call and found a parking spot for the night (this is about 3am) Im then awakened at 9am by my dispatcher calling telling me that the customer is on the phone wanting to know where theyre freight is.(This customer is Delphi anyone who deals with them knows that a dropped trailer sits for days before its touched).He then tells me my empty call was lost in the computer. Then why say the customer is on the phone. Again Why Lie just tell me the truth.
From there I take my empty to my next live load with an 8pm appointment time. When I get to security they ask me to slide my tandems back. Well they wouldnt move, the weld in the handle was half cracked, and the customer refused to load me. So dispatch sent me to a TA to have them moved. When he finished the mechanic told me they wouldnt be able to be moved again without coming back. So I head back to the customer and they now refuse to load me because of holes in the trailer wall. Dispatch then sends me to another shop to have the holes patched, and I finally get loaded at 2am.Now remember my tandems are all the way back so I still have to head back to the TA and have them moved again. (Turns out TNI picks up here all the time why wasnt I given a trailer that meets this customers specifications).After all of this its 5am so I feel I deserve some hourly pay and request it. Im told they only pay hourly for shuttle pay. I told them I was just shuttling theyre trailer from shop to shop for repairs, when they were aware of this customers requirements. Never got the pay
This load was heading to a Wal-Mart Dc in Alabama from Ohio so I get there to get unloaded and find out that Wal-Mart charges you $50.00 to unload there own freight. I contact dispatch who gives the ok but tells me to fax them a receipt or they will charge me for it.
After all this I have now been out for around 9 days and request a load heading home. I sat there for 3 days waiting on a load (No Layover Pay). During this time my truck broke down again, luckily I was at the truck stop this time. So they send a vendor out and its an electrical problem. He fixes it and he calls them for payment. They wont pay him unless he faxes them a repair bill. So I have to follow him to his shop so he can fax them. Once I got loaded I headed to my home terminal where they just sent that trailer on with another driver (Who cares about repair anyway)
After being home for my rest my dispatcher calls and wants to know if I can make a run for him that delivers at 7am the next day its 900 miles I let him know he was really cutting it close but agreed. This run delivered in MI where I was stopped by the State Patrol for not wearing a seat belt (Turns out that is a primary offense in MI). He inspected me, gave me a ticket for the seat belt and I went on my way. From MI I went back to Laredo where my truck breaks down again (remember they slip seat so this is a different truck) luckily Im by the terminal and it is only a fuse.
From there they sent me to Brownsville, TX for a load telling me that the shipper is open till 7pm.I arrived at the shipper, turns out they close at 5. So I went to the truck stop for the night and went back in the morning. The trailer hadnt even arrived from Mexico yet. So I waited a couple hours and it came in at about 9:30 am. (This was supposed to be a hot load from Brownsville to Mi) From there I had prescheduled to be home early from this tour due having to be out of town on family business. From Brownsville to my home terminal is about 770 miles in a truck that does 65mph. They called me at 12:30 am wanting to know if I had arrived at the terminal yet. (Just a little illegal).
After arriving back from my family business, I had letter in the mail telling me that I had been terminated due to receiving a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, that this was a violation of theyre safety policy . Keep in mind that this was not listed as a cause for termination on the list that was handed out a week earlier. This is being listed in my DAC as being terminated for violating company safety policy and I was just denied employment with another carrier because of it.
While I given some hint about it above there appt times are usually not legally possible and you are given loose leaf logs for a reason. I had nothing but problems with theyre equipment and you are nothing but a dog to them. I would urge anyone who is considering them to keep looking and save yourself a lot of pain and possibly your work record.
Best of Luck to You,
Tri-Nat, RMR Driver Services or TNI
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I was just denied employment by another carrier today because of what they placed on my DAC.That I was terminated for Safety Reasons..The recruiter told me that as long as that is there I will have a rough road finding employment..(Remember all it was, is a seatbelt ticket) and I was with my former company 5yrs. I have placed my request for a copy of my DAC in the mail and now must begin the dispute process..
Steer clear of this company
I myself have had my share of bad experiences with tni. My fleet manager gives me a trip from nashville, tn. to toledo, oh. No big deal, got loaded and was on my way. About an hour later, my truck blows a turbo in bowling green, ky but since this is an older model, they dont want to spend the money on a local wrecker. This was saturday morning at 8 am. they actually had a wrecker driver drive all the way from bryant, ar. to pick me up. I was parked there until 6pm on sunday. That night i get to charleston, mo, get a different truck, this was about 1 in the morning and with no one around to give me proper paperwork, i do my pretrip without noting any damage. So finally 3 weeks later i get a load home to laredo, tx, turn in the truck to take my home time of 2 days and get ready to go. Call my fm and he tells me that there is 1400 dollars worth of damage to the tractor which i did not do. I tell him that i am not paying for it and lets me go. Honestly it was the best thing that happened. I sign my 3 year lease on monday and will soon be on my way to a much brighter future than what a piece of crap company like TNI could ever help provide. I think that president of this company needs to re-evaluate the people that he has working for him. The newest of fleet managers that is there is nothing but a dumb kid about 28 years old with no idea as to what is going on. I wish there was a way to let DOT know what is going on with this company and what i had to go through in order to get loads delivered on time. and if anyone does know please let me know. And if anyone who is interested in working for TNI does read this please take into consideration my one of many stories along with the other persons, this is all around a bad company.
Best of Luck with your new carrier
This is exactly the type of information that needs to be made public so that drivers have an opportunity to be heard on an issue that effects their livelihood. DAC does a tremendous amount of damage to drivers and the rebuttal process is a joke. DAC should not be allowed to post anything on a drivers record until the driver has been notified, given the information that is being presented to DAC, and told who is providing them the information. The driver then has an opportunity to refute the information being presented to DAC and DAC should be required to go back to the company that presented the information and have the information verified, and by verified I mean the company should have to present proof of their claim against the driver. I believe this process would stop a lot of the vindictive behaviour that runs rampant in trucking companies.
Sorry you had such a bad experience with this company. By posting your experiences you will surely help other drivers avoid being victims of this company.
Dealing With Incorrect or Negative Information
If an entry is incorrect, begin by contacting the employer that provided the information you believe to be incorrect. Chances are good they'll be willing to correct it immediately; especially if you left their employ on good terms. If not you'll need to contact DAC Services and formally dispute it. Normally, DAC will provide a dispute form with your report copy. If they didn't you can contact them and request one or write a letter stating your reason for disputing the information.
When writting your dispute letter; be calm, courteous and professional. To be successful you must be specific and stick strictly to the facts in dispute. A copy will be forwarded to the company along with any other supporting documents you may have included (and, if at all possible, DO include supporting documents). If the previous employer can't verify the disputed item or items in question as being legitimate and correct then DAC is required, under the FCRA, to remove those items from your report. The previous employer has 15 days to respond to a driver's request for a correction of erroneous information.
Within five days of the conclusion of the investigation into the dispute, you must be provided with a copy of the corrected report and may request to have the corrected report sent to anyone who has seen the incorrect report within the last six months. Taken from DAC services website.
If the company is able to verify the information as correct it will not be removed from the report. In that case you'll be able to include a rebuttal statement on your report. This statement, the facts of the case as you see them, then becomes a permanent part of the record; allowing everyone who orders the report to read your side of the issue. If you, as a truck driver, choose to submit a rebuttal, and you've been denied employment based on your DAC report, your previous employer has 5 days to forward the rebuttal statement to the prospective employer and add a copy of the rebuttal statement to your permanent employment record.
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