Anyone who wants to drive for JCT plz read thanks

Discussion in 'John Christner' started by runningonempty, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. runningonempty

    runningonempty Bobtail Member

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    Hi!

    If you read my other posts ty, but if not I will give the run down for this company in a nutshell. My husband drives but I am with him. I navigate. God bless Google and Mapquest lol.

    1. This is what was said by Mr. Christner himself in my husband's orientation. Please don't be late for loads. The things he said he could understand what would cause you to be late is the bad weather and truck breakdown. But if you go to a casino or overslept or just like to hang out at truckstops then there would be a problem. Which is understandable. He commends the drivers who are always on time. He just commended a man a week ago for doing a million miles. Mr. Christner is more than a fair man. He backs his drivers up 100%. He sees you're doing a good job for him, he's there for his drivers. Thanks to the help of Mapquest and Google, hubby and I were never late. My hubby is a solo driver and this past load we were 16 hrs ahead of schedule and the load before that we were 24 hours ahead of schedule. Our DM saw that and said to us, "You guys are awesome." That's such a great feeling. My hubby was grinning from ear to ear on that one. We were no less than 4 hours ahead of schedule. You plan it just right and it can be done. JCT gives you enough time to get to the DO1 so there isn't no reason to be late.

    2. Mr. Christner doesn't put with liars and neither does the staff. Please be honest with them. The staff are a great bunch of people. The planners see how you're running and if you're doing a great job, no sooner you drop a load you have another one when you do your macro 10 (empty call).

    3. Tolls. JCT does have an IPass, EZPass, and PrePass. If perchance there isn't a toll one of those 3 covers, you send in a Macro requesting for toll and they send you an AR number for an EFS check so it can be covered. Mr. Christner doens't mind at all he said as long as it gets the job done. Just be sure to send in a toll receipt.

    4. With JCT you can fuel up anywhere you want. If you need fuel and the only place is Joe Smith's little gas station on the corner you can fuel up there. If they don't take the Fuel Card, then it will come out of your pocket, but it beats calling Breakdown. Mr. Christner has an account with Flying J and if you fuel up there you get back either it's 2 cents a gallon or 2% a gallon. Not sure. We usually gas up at Loves for the fact of the points you get free showers and soda for the month. You get points at Flying J and TA too with their Road King card but I'm sure you knew that lol.

    5. You do have a medical and dental plan with JCT haven't looked much into that yet.

    6. Weekly deductions from your paycheck is as follows: 234.00 (under other deductions), your fuel and your truck payment. That's it. Mr. Christner pays for all highway/road taxes, permits, and the other whole nine yards.

    7. If you request home time, just let your DM know two weeks ahead of time so they have time to plan. Same as if you want to take a couple of days off or time off, let them know two weeks ahead.

    8. Some of the bennies with JCT is you get paid holidays. Every quarter if you don't have no accidents or traffic tickets you get a $900.00 bonus. If you conserve fuel you get a fuel bonus. If you recruit someone and they mention your name to the recruiter at JCT you get $1,250.00 which is paid in installments.

    9. After orientation when you go and get your truck and it's not the one you want, just tell a man named John there what you want and you will be routed back to the Sapulpa, OK yard to get the truck you wanted in 90 days. I can't stress enough to get an APU on your truck because JCT does a lot of runs to California and there is a no idle law in that state. You get caught idling in that state and it's a nice fine, but I'm sure you knew that lol. We go back in 57 days to get our truck. The one we got now stinks. We want an International with an APU. The room in these Freighshakers stinks. You have to be twiggy to move in them.

    Well, that's pretty much all I can think off. If you have anymore questions I will be more than happy to answer them. Thanks!

    Running
     
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  2. pawpaw

    pawpaw Medium Load Member

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    Thanks for the great post. I do have a few questions as I am thinking of coming there once I get my epxerience current.

    What kind of terminal/drop yard network do they have? Do they go to Canada? Are there areas of the country they run more than others? Are there areas they normally don't go?
     
  3. baseballswthrt

    baseballswthrt Light Load Member

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    Do they have company trucks and drivers or only lease?
     
  4. pawpaw

    pawpaw Medium Load Member

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    I believe it is all lease, though I have heard there may still be a few company drivers. I know that you must have at least 1 year current OTR and no more than two employers in the past year.
     
  5. runningonempty

    runningonempty Bobtail Member

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    Sorry for not answering sooner. Nope they don't go to Canada. They used to I think Mr. Christner still has his authority for there but as of now no. I don't know of all the drop yards cause I'm still new at it myself. I was at the Sapulpa yard today and forgot to pick up the list. But there's one in Fort Worth/Dallas TX, Mira Loma, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, naturally Sapulpa, OK, and I'm sorry don't know anymore. We do a lot of runs for AZ and CA. That's why I can't stress enough when you finally get the truck you want to get an APU because of CA's no idle law. What we do is if we want to idle in CA w/o getting caught is get some dinner, go to a nice little secluded place and let the truck idle. Number one rule, make sure the cops don't see ya. The fine would be a killer lol. Like I said to SnoFox, I don't want my white cat turning into a white puddle of milk because of no A/C. He parks his little rump right under the A/C vent after getting a full stomach and his bottled water with ice cubes in it. Honest he's not spoiled I tell ya!:biggrin_25513:
    Take care PawPaw

    Running
     
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  6. runningonempty

    runningonempty Bobtail Member

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    No, Mr. Christner is doing away with the company trucks all together. You lease your truck for 3 to 5 yrs, then you go see him when your truck is paid off. You give him $1.00 and he gives you the title of the truck. Seriously that's how it works.
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    Running
     
  7. Money B

    Money B Bobtail Member

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    A five year lease how much is the payment a month
     
  8. baseballswthrt

    baseballswthrt Light Load Member

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    After you lease the truck and pay your dollar, how do you get your jobs? From JCT? Do they still pay a gas surcharge then?
     
  9. Money B

    Money B Bobtail Member

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    the truck will be worth is a Dollar wear and tear and what year is the truck
     
  10. pawpaw

    pawpaw Medium Load Member

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    My understanding is they are fairly late model. Since trucks are designed to go in excess of 1 million miles, book value may not show much but you could still have a good tool to use for years. Especially since JCT is reported to have an excellent maintenance program.
     
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