Why hasn't Schneider called back????!!!!

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by bigike, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. tuckerndfw

    tuckerndfw Light Load Member

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    Companies run credit checks on drivers because drivers are responsible for as much as a quarter of a million dollars worth of equipment and freight and they really do not want to give that responsibility to someone who is not trustworthy.

    Every time you pull out of the yard with someone else's truck, they are "loaning" you tens of thousands of dollars (in equipment) they must depend on you to take care of.

    Even if they are not self-insured, most companies have huge deductibles that can be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Money they'd rather not throw away every time someone crashes one of their trucks. Not to mention the huge liability factor if someone gets killed by an irresponsible driver.

    Would you loan some guy your car who just wandered in off the street?

    Neither will trucking companies that want to stay in business.
     
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  3. markgel43

    markgel43 Light Load Member

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    Hey Snow when our boat sinks it was designed to do that ....thats why they are cnalled SUBMARINES.......No but I agree we are all ###### who will work for anybody as long as the price is right......or at least someone is willing to pay us....man I am in same boat as you see my thread on starting w/US XPRESS on oh thats right today ( but you see I am here today not at orientation )
     
  4. Snowman&Fred

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    What does that have to do with my credit? I know where you are coming from. I can read between the lines, and you're saying "if you arent responsible for paying your bills, you can't be responsible for an expensive truck and its load".

    I disagree with that 100%. Ones credit has NOTHING to do with the skill a driver or how 'responsible' he will be with a truck, and its load. You can check that by looking at work history, and asking those at those jobs about one's character. Just because someone went to the hospital and racked up several thousand dollars of bills, had a judgement recorded, and shows PAID, or other bills that show they were deliquent, but are paid, has NOTHING to do with one's character. I am highly responsible and my work history proves that. I dont jump from job to job to job. I dont have more than two W-2s to file for taxes a year.

    I've held a job for 8 years, where i've been responsible for equipment that costs far more than any truck or load you've pulled/driven. I worked as a ramp rat for an airline. working up to 4-5 flights a day, handling 100s of bags per flight, driving thousands of dollars of equipment aruond, not to mention 100s of lives at stake if i dont do my job right, and millions of dollars worth of aircraft that could easily be damaged with a wrong turn.

    Trucking companies arent loaning their trucks/loads out to strangers who walk in off the street, either. They weed them out by sending them thru training and orientation, not to mention a mentor before turning them 100% loose with said equipment.
     
  5. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

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    You'd be surprised all the areas where credit is an issue . Insurance companies can use it as an excuse to charge higher rates .
    One note on Schneider tank. If you have no driving experience at all you might as well use it to get tank experience from the start . When a Schneider driver comes to our orientation we find they REALLY need retraining . Schneider does many things bass ackwards . Most tank carriers don't require previous tank experience , just at least 2 years OTR and a good MVR .
     
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  6. markgel43

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    Well since US XPRESS didn't work I am applying to Schneider......hope they call me back.
     
  7. markgel43

    markgel43 Light Load Member

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    They called me back & I need to go for pee test & physical. Then off to Carlisle for 16AUG.
     
  8. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

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    Snowman -

    Another thing I just noticed - you are talking about problems going to a company with a CDL permit in hand. Yes, that costs.. about $35 or so here in Colorado. Not sure about Ioway. The real point is, though, you can crank out the permit yourself. Go to your DMV and get the CDL booklet. Study. Learn. Take written test. Pass. Possess CDL permit.
     
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  9. Snowman&Fred

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    Yeah, i had been looking at the study guide on Schneider's website, and took their practice tests needed to pass to get a permit. I missed 3 or 4 on the air brakes, and a couple on the other two secions. I am sure i could pass to get a permit. Seeing how I have two days ahead of me on a bus (hope i dont get beheaded or stabbed ;-)) I will have plenty of time to read up on everything.
     
  10. roysandy33

    roysandy33 Bobtail Member

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    If you live in Florida or any other state that doesn't send a lot of freight, companies like JB and Schneider won't hire a solo driver because it is too difficult to get them home and get a load back out. Especially Central and West Florida. Mention teaming and they'll get right back to you.
     
  11. munrkr

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    Regarding credit checks... I think one of the major concerns of hiring someone who owes a lot of money, is that they might have greater temptation to do some illegal or unsavory things to increase their bottom line, if ya know what I mean. Speeding, running multiple logs, theft, etc. It seems to me that this might be the main reason. Another might be that the company doesn't want to hire someone that has financial issues at home that might become a distraction on the road, such as eviction, warrants and such. Remember, the company often times will not know where their drivers are or what they're doing with their equpment. It's a little different from most jobs where it may not matter as much. I also think trucking companies too often inherit some of the personal problems of their drivers because of the of the unique demands of the job, and are simply trying to minimize their risk. I can't really blame them. :biggrin_25515:
     
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