PSD training with Prime Inc.

Discussion in 'Prime' started by Calvin Stewart, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Calvin Stewart

    Calvin Stewart Bobtail Member

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    OK, I will start my PSD training in Springfield, MO on March 7th. I'm not new to Trucking because I use to work for Swift Transportation from 2006 to 2008. It's been over 7 years since I haven't driven a truck but I still got SOME skills to do it. I am starting fresh once again with a company that is direct and willing to train to new recruit 1 on 1 rather than a group which I have experience and it wasn't good to learn so I'm starting all over again. My recruiter tells me that the pay is good from 39.5 cent a mile in a full size truck to start and and extra .05 cent added to drivers on a lightweight truck which is 44.5 cent a mile. Can some one tell me can a company driver will be able to pick which truck he/she can choose after finish training.
    I also was told once you are committed for one year your the fee will drop but if you quit and drive for another company you have to pay the tuition . I was told that after 9 months you can be eligible to start as a lease purchase operator. Can someone tell what it is that Prime Inc. can offer.
     
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  3. FullMetalJacket

    FullMetalJacket Road Train Member

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    Truck assigned & whatever choice you may have will be based on what is available at that time.

    1yr completes obligation. Leave after at least 6mos, you will only owe 1/2 of that.

    Last I was told by leasing, they wanted to see a regular lease completion before any lease purchases.

    Good luck to ya!

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    shurenough Light Load Member

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    Prime Inc has a Wal-Mart dedicated account at exit 80 on interstate 95 in Maine and a Scranton, Pennsylvania terminal
     
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    Redtwin Road Train Member

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    Are you going through the full training program, or straight on a trainer's truck?.
     
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  6. Calvin Stewart

    Calvin Stewart Bobtail Member

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    Thank you so much.....:)
     
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  7. Calvin Stewart

    Calvin Stewart Bobtail Member

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    I'm going through a full training. I don't have my CDL anymore. I had to surrender my CDL because of the screw up that Swift Transportation got themselves into back in 2008 for them to be a unnamed 3rd party CDL tester. So... I'm just starting all over again but it will be worth it.
     
  8. Calvin Stewart

    Calvin Stewart Bobtail Member

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    I'm from Georgia and I don't like Walmart account because I have done that before when I was with Swift Transportation and it don't pays and it's sucks unless you know someone who can bump you on a good load. If I was a Walmart driver I'll be making at least $65,000 to $75,000 a year or whatever that bracket is.
     
  9. redoctober83

    redoctober83 Road Train Member

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    First, take everything you experienced at swift with regards to pay and accounts and throw that out the window. Prime doesn't do stupid accounts. Second, the rate you get paid in a Walmart account is more then regular otr. When I ran the Walmart account I was averaging $.53/mi. They pay you really well for running walmart accounts.

    The lease purchase program requires a $14,000 down payment and an additional $1,000 if you want the apu. There is no waiting period for that.

    The regular lease program you can enter as soon as your training is done. Don't recommend that though. Drive company until spring of next year. I say that because by the time you finish training and then 6 months solo you'll be right smack dab in the middle of winter. Not a good time to come on board as a lease driver. Freight is low from the first of the year to March/April. Unless you're familiar with running a successful business that is profitable I would wait.

    As a company driver you're taken care of very well and usually first over lease trucks.

    Just remember, prime is way different from swift. Leave all your past baggage at the bus station and keep an open mind. Don't compare everything to how swift was or did it. It'll make the transition to a real company easier for you ;)
     
  10. Calvin Stewart

    Calvin Stewart Bobtail Member

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    Thank you so much redoctober83 and thank you for responding for some good points. I really love the trucking industry and really learn a lot from it.
     
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    You're very welcome. This industry is a lot of fun mostof the time. I hope your experience with prime is a much better experience than you had with Swift.
     
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