Read our FAQ

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

1. Operations

CAN I TAKE MY TRUCK HOME?

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

WILL MY TRUCK HAVE AN INVERTER?

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

WILL MY TRUCK HAVE AN APU?

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

DO YOU HAVE FORCED DISPATCH?

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

DO YOU HAVE 24H DISPATCH?

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

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.

CAN I RENT A TRAILER FROM YOU?

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

WHAT IS A WEEKLY GROSS I CAN MAKE?

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

HOW HEAVY ARE LOADS USUALLY?

No rule. A full load truck can be as low as 5,000 lbs to 45,000 lbs. We normally run 20000-25000 average.

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 probably 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 own fuel and your truck’s maintenance.

WILL I HAVE TO LOAD AND UNLOAD THE TRUCK?

Almost all of the major trucking companies offer drivers a “no touch freight” policy – that is, the driver won’t have to worry about touching his truck’s cargo when he picks it up or drops it off. Most companies have between 75 to 85 percent no touch freight, so in some situations a driver may still be required to help loading or unloading a truck. At AAA Freight, Inc. we haul 99% no touch freight, however in some very rare situations driver may be required to assist on a loading or unloading while driver is being informed about it before accepting a load.

WHERE CAN I PARK MY CAR WHEN I AM AT SOUTH HOLLAND TERMINAL?

Contractors can rent parking from the yard manager +1 (708) 203-3817. Also, company drivers car parking is to the left of the entrance once you enter the property.

DO WE OFFER PREPASS AND IPASS?

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

2. Safety

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT DOT REGULATIONS ON DRIVE TIME?

Currently, the Department of Transportation regulates that truck drivers can log a maximum of 11 hours of driving after 10 consecutive off-duty hours. Of the 10 hours off-duty hours, 8 must be spent in the sleeper berth (sleeping) while the other 2 hours can be spent eating, showering, or some other activity. After taking an extended home time of one or more days, a driver is not allowed to drive more than 14 continuous hours in the following day. The DOT also regulates how much time a driver must take off in between hauls. For example, a driver must take at least 34 hours off between a 7 or 8 day on-duty period. He also cannot drive more than 60 (7) or 70 (8) hours during that one-week period. Although drivers and companies sometimes complain about these rules costing them money and time, they are designed to keep everyone on the road safe and are strictly enforced.

DO YOU HAUL HAZMAT?

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

DO I HAVE TO TAKE NEW PHYSICAL?

No, it's not needed if you have a valid one.

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).

ARE THERE ANY VIOLATIONS THAT ONLY THE DRIVER IS HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR?

No. All violations are assigned to the company. If the violation is one that the FMCSA has determined the driver was responsible for or could have prevented the violations will also be placed into the driver's data.

WHAT TYPE OF DRUG SCREENING DO YOU REQUIRE?

Drivers are required to do a regular DOT drug test.

IF A DRIVER IS STOPPED FOR A ROADSIDE INSPECTION AFTER APRIL 1, 2018 AND DOES NOT HAVE A REQUIRED ELD OR “GRANDFATHERED” AOBRD INSTALLED AND IN USE IN THE VEHICLE BEING OPERATED, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

The inspector will cite the driver for failing to have the proper record of duty status, and will place the driver out of service (OOS) for 10 hours (8 hours for a passenger carrier), in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria. At the end of the OOS period, the driver is allowed to complete the current trip to its final destination using paper logs. If the driver is stopped again prior to the final destination, the driver must provide the safety official a copy of the inspection report and evidence (e.g., bill of lading) proving he/she is continuing the original trip. After reaching the final destination, if the driver is dispatched without obtaining a compliant ELD, he/she will again be subject to the OOS procedures. However, a driver may return with an empty CMV to his/her principle place of business or home terminal, as indicated on the roadside inspection report. Violations count against the carrier’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) scores.

ARE DRIVERS REQUIRED TO SHOW SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS DURING ROADSIDE INSPECTIONS?

Upon request, a driver must provide any supporting document in the driver’s possession for an authorized safety official’s review.

WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE IN THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS?

Supporting documents must contain the following elements:
• Driver name or carrier-assigned identification number, either on the document or on another document enabling the carrier to link the document to the driver. The vehicle unit number can also be used if it can be linked to the driver;
• Date;
• Location (including name of nearest city, town, or village); and
• Time.

WOULD AN ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE (ELD) BE NON-COMPLIANT WITH THE ELD RULE IF THE DATA CANNOT BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY TO AN AUTHORIZED SAFETY OFFICIAL AT ROADSIDE?

No. If the electronic means for transferring data is unavailable or fails, the driver can still be compliant by showing either a printout or the actual ELD display of their RODS.

WHO IS EXEMPT FROM THE ELD RULE?

Drivers who use the short-haul, timecard exceptions are not required to keep records of duty status (RODS) or use ELDs. Additionally, the following drivers are not required to use ELDs; however, they are still bound by the RODS requirements in 49 CFR 395 and must prepare RODS when required, using paper logs, an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD), or a logging software program:
• Drivers who are required to keep RODS not more than 8 days within any 30-day period.
• Drivers conducting a drive-away-tow-away operation, (an operation in which an empty or unladen motor vehicle with one or more sets of wheels on the surface of the roadway is being transported) if the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered, or if the vehicle being transported is a motorhome or recreational vehicle trailer.
• Drivers of vehicles manufactured before the model year 2000.

WILL ALL VIOLATIONS LISTED 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.

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).

3. Accounting

WHEN AND HOW THE DRIVERS GET THEIR PAYCHECKS?

Statement day is each Monday. On Monday the drivers receive their Statements on their emails
and we make ACH deposits to their bank accounts or they come to the office to take a check.
For ACH payments it takes two business day to be deposited to driver’s bank accounts, so the
funds are on the bank accounts on Wednesday morning.
In order to get the statement on Monday, drivers should send their original paperwork by
Monday or Tuesday morning, because we need to receive everything Wednesday by noon.
We also require from divers to take photos of their BOLs and PODs after each stop and to email
that to dispatch for checking, to do Transflo before sending the originals by mail so we could
have a good backup copy.

WHAT IS THE DRIVER RESPONSIBLE TO PAY?

The drivers are paying Occupational Insurance - $160.00 monthly.
Escrow is collected in payments, total $1,500.00 to $2500.00 depends on contract, escrow is
deducted weekly $100.00 - $250.00.
Driver responsibility is ELD fee - $50.00 to $135.00 monthly, depends on device.
Drivers who have their own equipment have to pay liability insurance - $200.00 weekly.
The owner operators are obligated to cover their equipment with Physical Damage insurance.
There are Direct Deposit and Transflo fees - each $25.00 monthly.

HOW MUCH THE DRIVERS ARE PAID?

We are paying the drivers per mile, for all empty and loaded miles $0.52 per mile or more.
Team drivers are paid minimum $0.32 per mile each ($0.64 to split) or more.
The owner operators are paid 88% of the actual freight rate.

CONTACT

17201 State ST. South Holand, IL, 60473

24/7 suport - call us:
630-413-9534
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recruiting@aaafreight.net

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