Is anyone else having any problems with Knight?

Discussion in 'Knight' started by am99gt, May 5, 2007.

  1. Retired In Nevada

    Retired In Nevada Bobtail Member

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    At which terminal are you based and where do you primarily run?

    I've read that each Knight terminal has a lot of latitude to run things how they want to. Therefore, drivers' experiences with Knight are vastly different, depending on their home terminals.

    Anyone with current or recent experience based at Las Vegas, please post.
     
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  3. 3.14

    3.14 Road Train Member

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    i'm out of phoenix. while i'm out, i run wherever they send me. i'll be picking up a load tomorrow out of denver that goes to bismarck, nd.
     
  4. angelsoutlaw

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    i just left knight after a year and a half...i have never been treated worse in the trucking industry that i was by knight. i am still waiting on my final pay check. i would not recomend this company to any driver. at frst things were good. after about 2 months it was spuratic...partly due to the economy. it continued to get worse right after the first of the year. they had at one time a 110% driver turnover....the termanals they have throughout the country tend to battle against each other for the good runs. hiding freight for thier termanl drivers rather put them in the system for the "FIRST MT FIRST LOADED" i missed several important family functions, even after giving my dispatch minnimum of 2 weeks notice. so if you are thinking about going to knight for a job think again. there are much more organized and driver friendly companies out there.
     
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  5. bigblue19

    bigblue19 Road Train Member

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    If you ain't getting miles or home time or both at knight they are probably trying to get you to quit. The people I know that work their are running their butts off 7-10 days and home for 1.5 -2 days in between. But they are go getters who put in 12-14 hrs a day while they are on the road and have shown themselves to be drivers that can be counted on to service the customers needs and pu and deliver loads on time and safely.

    A company would be dumb to dispatch first in and first out. They have to match loads with the right driver. Some of their freight incurred heavy fines if the load is late from what I am told. They don't want some driver that is scared to chain or can't read directions or prone to getting to tired to drive after 300 miles rolling time specific frt.

    Since Knight employs a local relationship with some of their customers it is natural that they would trust drivers they know out of their local terminal to run loads before drivers from far away.

    From what I have gathered from talking to knight drivers it is best to stay close to the terminal you work out of so your terminal can keep you rolling

    These days it is customer first, driver second.

    Don't like putting in the long hours and playing the games that being a successful OTR driver require? drive local like me
     
  6. Sad_Panda

    Sad_Panda Road Train Member

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    How are they putting in 14 hour days 7 days a week with the new logging system? Safety allowing them to run illegal or what?
     
  7. 3.14

    3.14 Road Train Member

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    some terminals have safety directors who don't care whether or not a driver runs illegal. they don't care as long as the driver doesn't get caught and as long as the stuff arrives on-time. i've been running at an average of 52% compliance since i've started with this company. not a single word has been said to me.:biggrin_2559:
     
  8. Sad_Panda

    Sad_Panda Road Train Member

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    52%

    That's uh, #### dude. :biggrin_2559:
     
  9. 3.14

    3.14 Road Train Member

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    yeah. and the messed up thing is that my paychecks are still t3h suxx0rz. they were even worse when i was running compliant for the first 2 weeks.
    i shall throw down a pretty good song. teh intro kinda sucks. once it's over, it becomes much, much better.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p776Kpitg-w
     
  10. bigblue19

    bigblue19 Road Train Member

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    Actually with the right load you can run over 13 hrs a day legally. But I was talking about working, not what you have to log as work.

    The driver I know best at Knight runs west regional and has not had less then 2400 miles in a 7 day period since march and usually will do 2600 to 2900 a week. Her last 10 day time out she went from Spanaway Wa to San Jose Ca to Tracy Ca to Spokane Wa to lewiston ID to Auburn Wa to Portland Or to Redlands Ca to El monte Ca To Redlands Ca to Puyallup Wa.
    She did 1 local and 3 loads required bumping a dock, everything else was a D&H . Took yesterday off and is on her way to Phoenix Az after a restart.
     
  11. Kala

    Kala Bobtail Member

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    Kabar, which terminal did you work out of? I'm thinking about moving to the Portland area and wonder how it is to work for Knight in the Northwest.
     
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