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General Trucking FAQs
Is ES a carrier?
Whose Carrier Authority will I operate under?
The specific carrier that you choose to service such as, Panther Premium Logistics®, ArcBest®, Forward Air, FedEx Custom Critical, PTL, XPO Logistics, Artur Express, All State Express, Bolt Express, V3 Transportation, Harper Hotshot Trucking and SES Transport.
Where do I send my application to be approved to haul freight?
To the specific carrier that you have chosen to service.
Who approves me as an Independent Contractor?
Who is responsible for drug testing?
By law all drug testing will be conducted by the carrier that you chose to service. ES is not allowed to play a role in the initial process nor the on-going random testing.
Whose orientation do I attend?
How do I set an orientation date?
What will I need to take to orientation?
Dispatch & Safety:
Who dispatches the freight?
Who accepts loads for the truck?
Who collects and audits my log book?
Who do I report accidents to?
What is OIC insurance?
Who do I get my OIC Insurance through?
You have the choice to supply this yourself, go through the carrier or utilize ES program, but whatever you decide the insurance will be your personal coverage and binder.
Will I also have a personal contact at ES?
ES has the most experienced staff in the industry, and as a part of your lease agreement with ES, you will have access to them all.
Who do I contact with freight problems?
If I have a problem with the carrier, will ES step in to assist me?
Yes, but our role will be only to facilitate good communications. We have no authority to decide any issue between you and the carrier.
Repair & Maintenance:
Who do I call if I have truck problems?
ES will supply you with a 24 hour emergency line for all truck problems.
Am I responsible for repair and maintenance expense?
If you are leasing your equipment then payment for repairs and maintenance is covered by the lease payment to Expediter Services, which is a percentage of the revenue generated.
What are my options for gaining access to commercial equipment?
Expediter Services offers three opportunities for equipment.
- Full Service Lease = Where your lease payment covers R&M, fuel and insurance etc.
– This is the easiest way to get started and allows you to “try before you buy”
– Some people like this option and never move beyond it
- Commercial Vehicle Lease = Where the lease payment only covers the “rental” of the truck
– Under this option the fuel, insurance and R&M are not covered by the lease payment
– The R&M is charged through a mileage fee
- Financing = Where you actually purchase the truck
– You will have a monthly truck note
– You will cover all the normal expenses involved with your daily operations
What determines the lease payment and what does it cover?
A percentage of the load revenue will be retained by ES as its fee. This fee covers truck usage, fuel, repairs and maintenance.
How do I collect on the loads I pull?
ES will collect and audit your loads to make sure 100% of the load revenue you negotiated on each load is paid by the carrier. Specified deductions (depending upon your choices of program) will be subtracted and the balance will be forwarded to you (by direct deposit, TCHEK, or comcheck).
Is there back office support available?
Yes. You will have access to the vast resources and reporting that we use to support our own business.
Does ES withhold tax?
No. As an independent contractor you are responsible for your own taxes and any reporting to all appropriate government agencies.
Why should I utilize ES’s program?
ES offers deeper discounts, more information and better support than has ever been available to an Independent Contractor in the history of our industry. Our ability to give you industry specific freight information truly sets us apart. No longer will you have to “guess” on whether-to relocate or wait for the next load, instead you will be able to make decisions based upon known factors. You will “Never Stand Alone” again.