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    You can find answers to most frequently
    asked questions right in here.

    1. Operations

    WHICH TRUCKS DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE?

    You can choose a wide variety of equipment, whether it be an automatic or manual transmission, different models and year makes; you pick the unit that you deem a perfect fit.

    DO YOU OFFER REGIONAL OR LOCAL POSITIONS?

    We are strictly an Over-the-Road company with an operating area of all 48 states. Because we don't force-dispatch, our drivers have flexibility and freedom to avoid some areas they are not comfortable with.


    DO YOU PAY FUEL SURCHARGE?

    The fuel surcharge is the broker's responsibility to pay, thus, they include it in the price of the load, which is split between the driver and the company in accordance with the agreed-upon percentage.

    DO WE OFFER PREPASS AND IPASS?

    Yes, we offer PrePass Plus: weigh station bypassing and electronic toll collection services. Some benefits include: discounts offered by all tolling agencies, violation fees waived, an average fuel saving of 1/2 Gal per green light weigh station bypass, an average time saving is 6 to 8 minutes per green light bypass, reducing the number of inspections, and much more.


    WILL I HAVE TO LOAD AND UNLOAD THE TRUCK?

    At AAA Freight, Inc. we haul 99% no-touch freight, however in some very rare situations, the driver may be required to assist with loading or unloading while the driver is being informed about it before accepting a load.


    WILL I HAVE TO PAY FOR FUEL AND MAINTENANCE ON THE TRUCK I DRIVE?

    If you are working as an over-the-road company driver, you will never have to pay for fuel or any maintenance associated with your truck. If you become an owner-operator, however, you will be responsible for paying for both your fuel and your truck’s maintenance.

    HOW HEAVY ARE LOADS USUALLY?

    No rule. A full-load truck can be as low as 5,000 lbs to 45,000 lbs.

    WHAT IS A WEEKLY GROSS I CAN MAKE?

    Weekly gross depends on various conditions: is it a team truck or a single one, also the flexibility of the driver has a very big impact on the gross revenue of the truck.


    CAN I RENT A TRAILER FROM YOU?

    Yes, you can. We have it all. Dry vans, reefers, and flatbeds.

    DO I NEED A HAZMAT ENDORSEMENT?

    If you are interested in obtaining your HME, you can find an application at your local DMV. To haul everyday cargo, such as foodstuffs, automobile parts, general freight, or any of our many dedicated lanes a HazMat endorsement is not required.


    DO YOU HAVE 24H DISPATCH?

    Yes, we are 24/7/365 since day one.


    DO YOU HAVE FORCED DISPATCH?

    No, our logistics specialists are communicating with drivers daily to suit their needs and hours of service.


    WILL MY TRUCK HAVE AN APU?

    Most of the trucks are equipped with APUs, but not all.


    WILL MY TRUCK HAVE AN INVERTER?

    Most trucks are equipped with inverters, however, not all trucks have them.


    CAN I TAKE MY TRUCK HOME?

    Usually yes, but if you plan a longer vacation due to an insurance policy truck needs to be stored at our secured parking.


    2. Safety

    CAN I HAVE MY PET IN THE TRUCK WITH ME?

    Yes, we are a pet-friendly company and have never had problems with drivers who have pets in the truck.


    HOW LONG IS THE ORIENTATION?

    The Orientation consists of two parts, the first being the Online Orientation where we introduce the applicant to a majority of the things they are required to know, with the second part taking place in the office in South Holland, IL, and lasting half a day, where the applicant's main objective is to select a truck and trailer, finish paperwork, and learn more about the company and its mission, vision, and values.


    DO YOU HIRE SAP DRIVERS?

    Unfortunately, we don’t have opportunities to hire applicants who are on the SAP program or Return-to-Duty follow-up testing, however, we do give a chance to applicants who have completed the program and have their Return-to-Duty follow-up testing completed!

    CAN I EARN EXTRA MONEY AS A SAFE DRIVER?

    Yes! AAA Freight deeply supports safe drivers and besides a safety camera bonus, we also have bonuses for every clean roadside inspection.


    CAN I HAVE A PASSENGER IN MY TRUCK?

    Yes, if you are driving as a solo driver you can have a passenger in your truck. Per company policy, the passenger can be only a person over 18 years old. Also, proper documentation needs to be signed.

    HOW OFTEN CAN PERSONAL CONVEYANCE (PC) BE USED?

    A driver may record time operating a CMV for personal conveyance (PC) as off-duty only when the driver is relieved from work and all responsibility for performing work by the motor carrier. Per our company policy, PC can be used only for non-working purposes. It's available on request via log book support which can be reached 24/7.


    WHICH ELD SOLUTION ARE YOU GUYS USING?

    We are using ELD Rider, the most reliable ELD solution. It’s simple to use and will help you easily record your daily status.


    ARE CAMERAS MANDATORY? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING THEM IN MY TRUCK?

    Yes, per company policy, cameras are mandatory. Besides, the cameras can be very useful in case of an accident, and you can also earn extra money through our safety camera bonus!

    DO YOU HAVE CAMERAS IN YOUR TRUCKS?

    Yes, we have. Every AAA Freight truck is equipped with a modern 360° AI camera.


    IS THERE A LIST OF THE VIOLATION SEVERITY WEIGHTING AVAILABLE?

    Yes, the FMCSA has published it in its Safety Measurement System (SMS) Methodology (PDF, 718 KB).


    WILL A VIOLATION BE COUNTED EVEN IF THE DRIVER WAS NOT PLACED OUT OF SERVICE OR GIVEN A WARNING OR CITATION?

    Yes. All violations appearing in the severity weighting tables listed on roadside inspection reports during a relevant inspection will be used in the CSA Safety Measurement System, regardless of what action followed the discovery of the violation (actions such as being placed out of service, and/or being warned or cited are actions that follow the discovery of a violation).


    WILL ALL VIOLATIONS LIST ON A ROADSIDE INSPECTION REPORT COUNT, EVEN MINOR VIOLATIONS?

    All violations of the safety regulations appearing in the severity weighting tables and noted on a roadside inspection report during a relevant inspection will be used in the CSA Safety Measurement System. However, due to the severity weighting system serious violations will have a greater impact on a carrier's CSA scores than minor violations.

    WHAT TYPE OF DRUG SCREENING DO YOU REQUIRE?

    Per DOT rules and regulations, every driver holding a commercial driver’s license is enrolled in pre-employment drug testing and random drug testing.


    DO YOU HAUL HAZMAT?

    No, our company doesn’t haul hazmat loads at the moment.

    3. Accounting

    ARE THERE ANY HIDDEN FEES?

    All our expenses are outlined and shown to all drivers; we commit to having our applicants informed and fully aware of the expenses and fees that are their responsibility before any commitments are made.


    WHAT ARE MY EXPENSES/DEDUCTIONS?

    All drivers are paying Occupational Insurance $160.00 monthly and Escrow.

    Escrow is collected in weekly installments. A total of $1,500.00 (10x$150.00) for mileage-based drivers, and $2500.00 (10x$250.00) for percentage-based owner-operators. Escrow is refundable 45 business days after the end of the cooperation.

    The percentage-based owner-operators with the 80% deal are paying weekly rent or lease per the contract for the tractor if they have it with the company and Physical Damage Insurance for the tractor. All other charges are covered by the deal.
    So, Liability, Occupational Insurance, and Dry van Trailer are included in the deal.
    ELD charges, Direct Deposit, and Logix are covered as well.
    Tolls are the owner-operators' responsibility and IFTA, which is due quarterly.

    The percentage-based owner-operators with the 88% deal, besides rent or lease payments for the tractor and trailer, are also responsible for Physical Damage Insurance, tolls, IFTA, ELD, Direct deposit, and Logix.
    Yearly charges: HWY USE tax and Registration, if leasing-buying or having own equipment.


    WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET MY PAYCHECK?

    To get a paycheck timely, you are required to upload PPW ( all pages of POD, clear and signed by the receiver and all additional documents: lumpers, scale tickets, stickers, other receipts, etc.) via the Logix Anywhere app immediately after delivery.
    Upon the first delivery, you will receive an email with credentials for Logix Anywhere, a link to download this app and the instructions on how to use it are here - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2CUDDhVqhk&t=2s).
    Also, you should mail the original paperwork to our office biweekly. TripPack envelopes are available at the front desk at the AAA Freight office.


    WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY PAYCHECK?

    Statement day is each Monday. On Monday you will receive your Statement in your email, and we make ACH deposits to your bank account. The funds are available in the bank account on Wednesday.


    4. Maintenance

    ARE THE TRUCKS GOVERNED?

    The trucks are governed at 70mph on the pedal and 68mph on cruise control.

    WHAT SHOULD MY PSI IN TIRES BE?

    Tractor's tires should be between 105 PSI and 110 PSI, trailer tires should be kept inflated anywhere between 95 PSI and 105 PSI.

    WHAT IS MY MAINTENANCE ESCROW USED FOR?

    The maintenance escrow is in place to help the drivers cover any expenses related to the breakdown of their equipment. It is a separate fund that can be utilized toward repairs without having to pay for them directly out of pocket. It’s only applied to a lease-to-own agreement.

    AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR FINDING MY OWN SHOPS OR ROAD SERVICES?

    No, the driver is not tasked with finding a repair shop or finding the road service for their breakdowns. The driver needs to notify the company with the issues that they are experiencing and the maintenance team will find the nearest shop available.

    WHAT IS DVIR?

    Driver Vehicle Inspection Report is used for drivers to report issues with the equipment if there are any.

    HOW DO I REPORT ANY ISSUES WITH MY TRUCK OR TRAILER?

    All equipment issues should first be logged into the DVIR section of your logbook. After that, the maintenance team will reach out to the driver and assist them in taking care of the problem. The driver can always call extension 9 and speak directly with the maintenance team 24/7.

    IS PRE-TRIP INSPECTION MANDATORY AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO IT?

    Pre-trip inspections are mandatory and they have to be performed every day before the driver starts their shift. Also, a post-trip inspection needs to be done after the trip.

    DOES THE COMPANY USE RECAP/ RETREADED TIRES?

    Yes. As a company, we use virgin tires, recap tires, and used tires. On steer axles, the company uses only virgin tires, on drive axles on trucks and trailers we use either virgin or recap or used. Used tires we use only if there is no physical damage on them and if they are still DOT-legal for the road.

    WHY DO WE HAVE TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE DAMAGES (BREAKDOWN)?

    Because that way we can see closer what the problem is, that way we can help you more accurately and faster, and we can have a better look at what kind of issue there is and what you need at the moment.


    HOW DO I KNOW IF MY TIRES ARE LEGAL?

    You can do it by checking the thread depth of all the tires during PTI, that way we can prevent blowouts and accidents. Legal tread depth for tires on tractors are: steer 4/32, on drive axle 2/32, and for trailer 2/32 as well.


    WHAT IS PM SERVICE?

    PM (Preventive Maintenance) Service is regular maintenance that we perform after or sometimes before a truck reaches manufacturer specifications for service, which includes oil change, greasing the truck, filter replacement, and checking all the fluids as the driver has to check fluids daily on the equipment that he is using.


    WHY DO WE HAVE TO PERFORM ANNUAL DOT 3 TIMES A YEAR WHEN WE ARE LEGAL WITH IT FOR ONE YEAR?

    That is because of our company policy, which is made to make sure that equipment is in good working order. This way we can prevent accidents and violations, also the safety of the drivers and other vehicles near our trucks is on a higher level.


    CONTACT

    17201 State St, South Holland, IL 60473

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