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PostSubject: Jim Palmer TRucking VTC Driver Info! Please Read   Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:22 pm

Driver Hours of Service

Following are the basic log book standards that drivers at Jim Palmer Trucking must follow:
1. Exceeding 11 Hours Driving Time: No driver shall drive more than 11 hours following at least 10 consecutive hours off duty.
2. Continuous Sleeper Berth Provision: At least 10 consecutive and uninterrupted hours in the sleeper berth.
There are actually 4 options for obtaining the 10 consecutive hours off:

One would be the 10 continuous hours off duty, unbroken by any other activity
The second would be 10 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, unbroken by any other activity
The third would be the sleeper berth provision explained below
The fourth would be the 10 consecutive hours of combined sleeper berth/off duty time, unbroken by any on duty time or driving time.
Sleeper Berth Provision:

The equivalent of at least 10 consecutive hours off-duty (equivalent means 2 rest periods, one of which must be at least 8 but not more than 10 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, the other of which must be at least two consecutive hours which can be off duty, sleeper berth or a combination of the two
When using the sleeper berth provision, one rest period must be at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, the other rest period must be at least 2 consecutive hours which can be off duty, sleeper berth or a combination of the two.
EXAMPLE: a driver can drive 6 hours take the 8-consecutive hours in the sleeper and then drive 5 hours & then take the 2 consecutive hours which can be off duty or sleeper, but must be consecutive.
Please note that the 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper does not count towards your 14 hours. But the 2 consecutive hours does.

Exceeding 14 Hours On Duty Time:

No driver shall drive after having been on duty 14 hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty. All time spent working, other than driving, must be logged as on-duty not driving time. This time, together with your driving time makes up your total on-duty time.
Off-duty breaks during the day do not extend the workday to permit a driver to drive after the 14th consecutive hour on duty. However, time logged as off duty is not counted in calculating a driver's 70-hour on-duty limit.

However, unbroken sleeper berth periods of at least 8 consecutive hours are not counted in the 14-hour calculation. In addition, time logged as off duty.....70-hour on-duty limit.

A sleeper-berth period of at least 8 consecutive hours is excluded from calculation of the 14-hour limitation. All other sleeper berth periods are included in the 14-hour calculation (unless part of a sleeper-berth/off-duty combination of 10 or more consecutive hours).

Exceeding 70 hours in 8 Days:

No driver shall drive after being on-duty70 hours in any 8 consecutive days.
Keep in mind:
1. Drivers are allowed to work and drive 70 hours in an 8 day period. This is a combination of your driving time (line 3) and your on-duty not driving time (line 4)
34-Hour Restart Option:

This new restart option allows a driver to start with 70 hours after taking 34 or more consecutive hour’s off-duty.
This restart option is voluntary. It may be used, but is not required.
This 34-hour restart option must be 34 consecutive hours of sleeper berth & off duty time.
Drivers can not be driving or on-duty not driving, fueling, loading unloading, drop & hook trailers, etc. when doing a 34-hour restart.

Drivers
If you are a professional truck driver or Independent Contractor, you know that the trucking industry has become extremely competitive these days. There are numerous trucking companies for drivers to choose from, thus, making the right decision more difficult. We at Jim Palmer Trucking understand this. That is why we continue to improve and rise above other trucking companies in the industry.

Jim Palmer knows how to offer a working experience unlike any other trucking company out there. We do this by focusing on the driver in a way that most trucking companies don't. Since 1964, we have sought out the best of the best. Our philosophy is, the more we can give back to the drivers, the happier, more productive and successful they will be.

We invite you to...

Jim Palmer Owner Operator
Jim Palmer Trucking Contingent Offer to Owner Operators
Jim Palmer Trucking provides the following expenses related to Owner Operators:
100% stop pay from customers
Fuel Surcharge on all loaded miles driven
Base Plates
Liability and Cargo Insurance
Road Toll
Lumpers
Reefer fuel
Provides Fuel Discounts
24/7 Roadside istance
Tire Discounts
Owner Operators are Required to Provide:
Proof of Bobtail Insurance
Proof of Workers Compensation
Proof of Vehicle Ownership
Copy of Vehicle Bill of Sale
Proof of Federal Highway Use Form 2290
Two Sources of Picture Identification (Social Security Card and Drivers License)
Pay Package


Jim Palmer Trucking pays Owner Operators $0.95/mile + 100% of fuel surcharge for ALL MILES. Additionally, Jim Palmer trucking pays Owner Operators $0.95/deadhead mile


Applicant Requirements:
Driver Experience
Applicants are required to be 23 years of age and have a Cl A Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Have one year of verifiable over the road experience in the last three years or three years of verifiable OTR experience in the last five years. Over the road experience is defined as interstate travel (traveling between multiple states) for more than one day at a time, preferably several at one time. Local runs allow drivers to remain within a single state and spend each night at home.

Hire Area Map
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Rider Policy
No cost rider policy applies to all drivers. However, riders are limited to significant others and children over the age of 12. Children can only ride during summer months.

Motor Vehicle History
Within the last three years, applicants are allowed NO convictions for:

DUI/DWI
Careless or reckless driving
Improper or erratic lane change
Following too close
Hit and run

Leaving the scene of an accident
Failing to report an accident
Also, within the last three years, no speeding tickets of 15 mph over the posted speed limit in a personal or commercial vehicle. No more than four total moving violations within the last three years. No more than two total moving violations within last 12 months. No preventable DOT accidents that involve fatality, bodily injury that is treated away from the scene, or disabling damage to any vehicle.

Owner Operator Vehicle Requirements
In addition to driver requirements, the Owner Operator’s Vehicle must meet strict company requirements. The vehicle can be no more than five years old (the vehicle condition is of more concern than the year), and the vehicle must be in excellent condition. No visual blemishes or vehicle damage are allowed.

Extended wheelbases cannot prohibit the truck from accessing loading docks. This would prohibit the company from accepting loads at certain docks and reducing revenue.

The owner operator’s vehicle must have, or be able to install, QualComm system on the truck. The system is mandatory on all vehicles, company truck or owner operator vehicle. The QualComm system costs $50 per month, which includes the rental fee and monthly usage charge.

Owner Operator’s vehicle can weigh no more than 19,000 pounds if it has less than four axels. The weight of the tractors varies with fuel, personal belongings, and the driver. The weight of the vehicle should be under the 19,000 pounds when it empty (no fuel or personal belongings). Vehicles over 19,000 pounds must have four axels (an additional tag axel is required).

Employment:
Orientation
After applicants meet the driver requirements and their vehicles meet the preliminary inspection, owner operators are required to compete orientation. Orientation for owner operators includes installation of the QualComm system and vehicle inspection. Vehicles that do not meet the requirements must have any problems resolved before dispatch. Orientation begins every Monday at the Jim Palmer Trucking terminal in Missoula, Montana. The driver is allocated a room (smoking or non-smoking) during orientation until their first load is dispatched.


Drivers are required to provide two forms of identification. The most common, and preferred, are a Social Security Card and Drivers License.

Drivers are also recommended to bring adequate supplies for two weeks of traveling. The first week is occupied by orientation and the second week is occupied by the first trip. Dispatch tries to get drivers home during the first week on the road to get personal items that could not be brought to orientation.

After completing orientation, $100 is awarded to company drivers. This money will be in addition to a Commdata Card and a TCH Card. The Comdata Card is used for personal expeditures, although it may be used for fuel, and the TCH is used for truck related expenditures.

Requirements:
23 years of age.
Valid Cl A CDL. (Work permit is not acceptable)
Minimum of one (1) year verifiable OTR Tractor-Trailer experience within the last 5 years with at least one (1) year of current verifiable OTR Tractor-Trailer experience within the last year.
Driving Record within the last three (3) years:
No convictions for DUI/DWI, careless, reckless, improper/erratic lane change or following too close, hit and run, leaving scene of accident, or failing to report accident.
No convictions for excessive speed (15 MPH or over) in CMV or Personal Vehicle.
No more than four (4) total moving violations within the last 3 years.
No more than two (2) total moving violations within the last 12 months.
No preventable DOT accidents which involve fatality, bodily injury (treated away from the scene) or disabling damage to any vehicle.
No more than a combination of four (4) moving violations and/or minor preventable

Dress Code:
Neat and clean appearance. Hair must be collar length and beards trimmed.

Equipment:
Must be no more than five (5) years old and weigh 19,000 pounds or less.
Must provide proof of ownership and cost/value of unit.
Must have mandatory satellite communications (QualComm) installed. Monthly cost is $50.00. Covers unit rental and monthly usage charges.
Must provide paid Federal Highway Use Tax Form 2290.
Base plates and Permits are provided and paid if you remain leased to JPT for one (1) year. If lease is terminated the cost of plates and permits are prorated.
JPT will provide and install decals on the unit.



Company DRiver
Jim Palmer Trucking is actively pursuing qualified company drivers to participate in the 100% controlled temperature-over the road operation. All of Jim Palmer’s trailers are capable of refrigerating (reefers) every load, but not all loads must be temperature regulated. This provides additional flexibility between dry vanloads and reefer loads depending on demand.

Operations include, no Hazardous Material (Haz-Mat) and 99% no touch freight. Jim Palmer pays for all lumpers to load and unload goods, but occasionally drivers are required to move a box or inspect freight.

This 42 state operation boasts a long history of satisfied customers, respected employees, and beautiful equipment. Since the beginning as a driver, Jim Palmer has actively participated in the daily operations of the proud company. His personal attitude resonates throughout the company by showing his respect for employees, drivers, and equipment. Drivers are the core of Jim Palmer Trucking, without drivers the company literally grinds to a halt.

Pay Package:
Jim Palmer Trucking pays wages on all dispatched miles driven, loaded or empty, based on years of verifiable over the road experience and employment stability.
Earn up to $65,500.00 a year depending on experience and longevity.

Call Recruiting for more details on pay and per diem, 800-548-3110.

Referral Bonus:
For drivers that enjoy the working environment at Jim Palmer Trucking or wish to make extra money, a $1,000 referral bonus is awarded to drivers that successfully recruit new drivers. $250 is paid upon the initial dispatch of the referred driver. The remaining bonus is paid in three separate payments of $250 after 60, 90, and 180 days of employment.
Medical Benefits:


Benefits available. Please call for information.
Applicants Requirements:


Driver Experience
Applicants are required to be 23 years of age and have a Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Have one year of verifiable over the road experience in the last three years or three years of verifiable OTR experience in the last five years. Over the road experience is defined as interstate travel (traveling between multiple states) for more than one day at a time, preferably several at one time. Local runs allow drivers to remain within a single state and spend each night at home.
Hire Area Map

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Rider Policy
No cost rider policy applies to all drivers. However, riders are limited to significant others and children over the age of 12. Children can only ride during summer months.
Motor Vehicle History
Within the last three years, applicants are allowed no convictions for: DUI/DWI, careless or reckless driving, improper or erratic lane change, following too close, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, or failing to report an accident. Within the last three years, no speeding tickets of 15 mph over the posted speed limit in a personal or commercial vehicle. No more than four total moving violations within the last three years. No more than two total moving violations within last 12 months. No preventable DOT accidents that involve fatality, bodily injury that is treated away from the scene, or disabling damage to any vehicle.
Employment:

Orientation
After applicants meet the driver requirements, Greyhound bus tickets (or the equivalent price) are provided to reach the Jim Palmer Trucking terminals. Before drivers are dispatched on their first load, every driver must complete orientation. Orientation begins every Monday at the Jim Palmer Trucking


terminal in Missoula, Montana. The driver is allocated a room (smoking or non-smoking) during orientation until their first load is dispatched.
Drivers are required to provide two forms of identification. The most common, and preferred, are a Social Security Card and Drivers License. Drivers are also recommended to bring adequate supplies for two weeks of traveling. The first week is occupied by orientation and the second week is occupied by the first trip. Dispatch tries to get drivers home during the first week on the road to get personal items that could not be brought to orientation.

After completing orientation, $100 is awarded to company drivers. This money will be in addition to a Commdata Card and a TCH Card. The Comdata Card is used for personal expeditures, although it may be used for fuel, and the TCH is used for truck related expenditures.

Equipment
Jim Palmer Trucking uses the QualComm system to dispatch all drivers. During orientation drivers are educated on effective use of the system to communicate with driver managers. This system allows drivers to communicate truck and driver status, and it allows the driver to use strategic fueling locations and routes.
All trucks are 2007 and newer with a meticulous maintenance record. Current Jim Palmer Trucks are Peterbilts, Volvos and Kenworths. New trucks are introduced through the fleet to constantly upgrade the equipment.

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