As a company driver

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by SC-joe, Sep 5, 2020.

  1. SC-joe

    SC-joe Bobtail Member

    When you sign on as a company driver, what should you expect in the contract? There are obviously your responsibilities to the company but what responsibilities do they have? Miles available, etc.?

    What should one look out for when you go to sign a contract?
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  3. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    I have never signed a contract as an employee driver. New drivers that are being trained by a company will have a contract stipulating things like length of service required to pay for that school, among other things. Most companies you are an "at will" employee. They can terminate you and you can quit. Not many companys have a guaranteed mileage or weekly pay. Some do but most don't
  4. Nukem

    Nukem Road Train Member

    May 11, 2014
    Virginia Beach, VA
    If you are getting your CDL through a company then you will sign a contract, but other than that there is no "contract" that you will need to sign before hiring on with someone.

    So I guess a little back ground and/or clarification is need to more accurately answer your question.
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  5. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2010
    Burnsville, MN
    The only contract you might/should sign would be to pay back the company for training, if they trained you to get your CDL.

    Your responsibilities are laid out in the drivers handbook, but they have no real responsibilities to you.
    It is a game of luck.
    If you are lucky you will get a driver manager that is on your side and be willing to work with, and for, you.
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  6. LoboSolo

    LoboSolo Medium Load Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    Highway 20
    Contract? As a company driver? Contract?

    Why start dragging lawyers into things to make it complicated?

    If they start saying "contract", theres only one thing to do:

  7. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Don't sign any contracts.

    A company contract is only there to ensure a company gets what it wants while you get the short end of the stick.
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  8. Texnmidwest

    Texnmidwest Light Load Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    Read everything before you sign anything. Contracts for a new driver with no experience is not a deal breaker in my humble opinion. BUT! All contracts are not created equal. Know what you are signing up for. Ask a lot of questions. Do your research. Yes, those contracts are there for the company and not you. I signed a contract with my first company because I thought the training I would receive was worth the risk. I read it. I fulfilled it. I have no regrets. Just keep in mind there are a LOT of predatory practices going on that target new drivers and the unaware. Same with the fleece purchase programs. Some are good but more are scams. JMHO YMMV
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  9. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    I've had dozens of "company" jobs, and don't recall any contract either, but that was years ago, and with the problems and liability of today, it wouldn't surprise me if contracts existed for company drivers.
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  10. SC-joe

    SC-joe Bobtail Member

    I don't know what the lay of the land is. Just curious. I hope to start training for a cdl soon and don't know everything to expect when training is over. The paperwork and all.
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  11. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    Just a word of advice to the OP. Before signing away a year of indentured servitude I would check out some of the trade schools that offer driver training first. Some have fantastic job placement people. Most all states have grants and other forms of money available to help pay for it. Please, don't just go sign a contract until checking this out!
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