Monday, May 13, 2013

The $5,000 Summertime Bonus for New Drivers!

- - - - FOR NEW DRIVERS - - - -
 
Our $2,000 Better Bonus that ran earlier this year was so successful that we decided to put another bonus together along those lines. So we took the same basic plan, and just made the money BIGGER!
 
We are very excited to announce the
 
 

 

Why is Foremost’s “$5,000 Summertime Bonus” even better?

Foremost Transport, Inc. values all of our drivers. When we set up the $5,000
Summertime Bonus, we decided it had to be four things:
  • There had to be a middle ground. We wanted to be certain that, even if a driver has a bad month or starts a little late in the summer, he or she can earn a significant portion of the total bonus.
  • It had to be attainable. We did not want to have a bonus that couldn’t be earned by all of our hard working drivers.
  • It had to pay out quickly. We wanted our drivers to actually get the money they earn as little as a week or two after they earn it.
  • It had to benefit all our towable single pull drivers. We are not the type of company that is going to pile cash on new drivers while ignoring those who have worked hard with us for years.

 

Who is eligible for the “$5,000 Summertime Bonus?”

All Owner/Operators (either new or who have been with us for a long time) of ¾-ton or larger pickups who are leased onto the single-pull towable division of Foremost Transport, Inc. during May, June, July, August, and/or September of 2013 are eligible to earn part or all of the $5,000 Summertime Bonus.

 

So, how much of the bonus do I earn and when do I get it?

There are five parts of the bonus, and each is separate from the rest. Failing to earn one part of the bonus does not necessarily disqualify you from the rest. The schedule is:
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in May 2013, we pay you $500 in June, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in June 2013, we pay you $500 in July, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in July 2013, we pay you $500 in August, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in August 2013, we pay you $500 in September, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in September 2013, we pay you $500 in October, 2013
  • For running 37,500 loaded miles in May-Sept. 2013, we pay you $2,500 in in October, 2013
We have drivers who proved over and over this late winter and spring with out $2,000 Better Bonus that, with the help of our Backhaul Dept.,  legally and safely running 8,000-9,000 per month is really doable. If you are a driver who leased on with us before May 1, 2013, please click here.

 

So how do I get paid?

We will place the money on your ComData card, usually within a week or two of month end. If you have not met your bond requirement yet, we may elect to place that month’s bonus payment into your bond account until you reach your goal.

 

This seems too good to be true…what’s the catch?

 
The “catch” is Foremost expects its drivers to run safe and legal because, let's be honest, tickets and accidents are bad for us and for our drivers. A chargeable incident or bad DOT stop may disqualify the driver from that particular bonus period. A pending claim may delay payment until it is determined whose fault it was. Also, to keep drivers from being tempted to "work the system," drivers who de-lease after May 1, 2013 but before October 31, 2013 are removed from the program and are ineligible to participate even if they re-lease with Foremost. That’s about it.
 
As new driver, you can contact Recruiting at 1-866-764-1601 or simply comment on this post if you have any questions about this program.  If you are a veteran driver who has been leased on since before May 1, 2013, please click here for your bonus plan!

 

Sounds pretty good. Now what?

  • You can apply to be a Foremost Subcontractor at our online application.
  • If pen and paper is more your style, download and print a Foremost application that you can email, mail, or fax to us here.
  • Still have questions? Ask it in the comments section below this post, have a look at our truck requirements, or call one of our great recruiters at 1-866-764-1601.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Foremost Transport's $5,000 Summertime Bonus for Existing Drivers!

- - - - FOR EXISTING DRIVERS - - - -
 
Our $2,000 Better Bonus that ran earlier this year was so successful that we decided to put another bonus together along those lines. So we took the same basic plan, and just made the money BIGGER!
 
We are very excited to announce the
 
 
 

Why is Foremost’s “$5,000 Summertime Bonus” even better?

Foremost Transport, Inc. values all of our drivers. When we set up the $5,000
Summertime Bonus, we decided it had to be four things:
  • There had to be a middle ground. We wanted to be certain that, even if a driver has a bad month or starts a little late in the summer, he or she can earn a significant portion of the total bonus.
  • It had to be attainable. We did not want to have a bonus that couldn’t be earned by all of our hard working drivers.
  • It had to pay out quickly. We wanted our drivers to actually get the money they earn as little as a week or two after they earn it.
  • It had to benefit all our towable single pull drivers. We are not the type of company that is going to pile cash on new drivers while ignoring those who have worked hard with us for years.

 

Who is eligible for the “$5,000 Summertime Bonus?”

All Owner/Operators (either new or who have been with us for a long time) of ¾-ton or larger pickups who are leased onto the single-pull towable division of Foremost Transport, Inc. during the May, June, July, August, and/or September of 2013 are eligible to earn part or all of the $5,000 Summertime Bonus.

 

So, how much of the bonus do I earn and when do I get it?

There are five parts of the bonus, and each is separate from the rest. Failing to earn one part of the bonus does not necessarily disqualify you from the rest. The schedule is:
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in May 2013, we pay you $500 in June, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in June 2013, we pay you $500 in July, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in July 2013, we pay you $500 in August, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in August 2013, we pay you $500 in September, 2013
  • For running 7,500 loaded miles in September 2013, we pay you $500 in October, 2013
  • For running 37,500 loaded miles in May-Sept. 2013, we pay you $2,500 in in October, 2013
We have drivers who proved over and over this late winter and spring with out $2,000 Better Bonus that, with the help of our Backhaul Dept.,  legally and safely running 8,000-9,000 per month is really doable, so we wanted to make this just a little more challenging.
 
To remain in the program, a driver who has been leased on with Foremost since before May 1, 2013 (If you leased on after this date, click here) will need to successfully refer a new driver to us through our driver referral program before the end of June, another before the end of August, and a third before the end of September. The truck you bring needs to make one successful trip to count for this bonus.  Recruiting can supply you with some cards to help you bring on drivers. Drivers who fail to meet these referral milestones will be removed from the program for any payouts after the missed goal.
 

 So how do I get paid?

We will place the money on your ComData card, usually within a week or two of month end. If you have not met your bond requirement yet, we may elect to place that month’s bonus payment into your bond account until you reach your goal.
 

 This seems too good to be true…what’s the catch?

 
The “catch” is Foremost expects its drivers to run safe and legal because, let's be honest, tickets and accidents are bad for us and for our drivers. A chargeable incident or bad DOT stop may disqualify the driver from that particular bonus period. A pending claim may delay payment until it is determined whose fault it was. Also, to keep drivers from being tempted to "work the system," drivers who de-lease after May 1, 2013 but before October 31, 2013 are removed from the program and are ineligible to participate even if they re-lease with Foremost. That’s about it.
 
As an existing driver, you can contact Emily at 574-642-2050 or simply comment on this post if you have any questions about this program.  If you are a new driver thinking of leasing on, please click here for your bonus plan!
 

Sounds pretty good. Now what?

  • You can apply to be a Foremost Subcontractor at our online application.
  • If pen and paper is more your style, download and print a Foremost application that you can email, mail, or fax to us here.
  • Still have questions? Ask it in the comments section below this post, have a look at our truck requirements, or call one of our great recruiters at 1-866-764-1601.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Driver Requirements

At Foremost Transport, we want our drivers to succeed. In order to be a successful driver, there are certain policies and regulations we adhere to.
Our drivers deserve and expect the best!

All drivers are required to:

  • Be properly licensed to drive commercially "for hire." If you have a valid CDL license, your license is good for all divisions. If you do not and want to drive single-pull towables, then the type of license required is determined by the state your license is issued from. In some states, your regular driver's license will suffice, but several have special endorsements or licenses that are required to drive for hire. Most of these special license requirements are inexpensive and simple to get. Below is a list of states that have known special licensing requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure you are properly licensed by your state.
    • Alaska - Chauffer License
    • Georgia - Chauffer License
    • Illinois - Class C License
    • Indiana - Chauffer License
    • Iowa - Chauffer License
    • Lousiana - Chauffer License
    • Maryland - Chauffer License
    • Michigan - Chauffer License
    • Mississippi - Chauffer License
    • Missouri - Class E License
    • Nebraska - Chauffer License
    • Nevada - J-Endorsement
    • New York - Class E License
    • North Carolina - Class C License
    • Tennessee - F-Endorsement
    • Washington - Chauffer License
    • West Virginia - Chauffer License
  • Have  valid D.O.T. physical with both long form and card.
  • Pass a D.O.T. mandated drug screen
  • Be at least 23 years of age
  • Have a satisfactory work history
  • Have no DUI, OWI, DWI, or other conviction involving drugs or alcohol in a motor vehicle in the past 10 years.
  • Have no more than two moving violations in the past three years
  • Have no more than two accidents or incidents (regardless of fault) in the past three years.
You can apply to be a Foremost Subcontractor at our online application.
If pen and paper is more your style, download and print a Foremost application that you can email, mail, or fax to us here.
Still have questions? Ask it in the comments section below this post, have a look at our truck requirements, or call one of our great recruiters at 1-866-764-1601.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Haul & Tow Requirements

Foremost Transport uses Haul & Tow trucks to effeciently move two trailers to a single destination.

A Haul & Tow with a typical load preparing to leave the yard.

 Haul & Tow Trucks:

  • Must be 15 years old or newer and must also be presentable and in good working order.
  • Must have air ride suspension.
  • Must have mud flaps that cover the back of all rear tires and extend down to within 4"-6" from the ground.
  • Must have IRP plates of an appropriate weight rating of 54,000 to 65,000 pounds.
  • Must have appropriate tie-downs. These include straps (4) or wheel bonnets (2), and ratchets capable of properly securing a trailer.
  • Must pass annual inspection. This can be a D.O.T. inspection or, if your state offers a one year annual inspection, a state inspection. State inspections that are valid for more than one year can not be legally accepted.
  • Must have certificate of insurance, sometimes called the "long form." Insurance must include at least $1,000,000 of commercial liability coverage and appropriate levels of physical damage coverage. If you do not have this insurance, or are finding it to be too expensive, we may have a solution for you.
  • Must have no more than 30% window tint. Federal regulations require that at least 70% of visible light be able to pass through your windshield and front driver- and passenger-side windows. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see that there is tint on the window, it is too dark.
  • Must not have Radar Detector or Jammer. Either of these items are a violation of federal regulation.
  • Must have appropriate markings. These must be visible and readable from a distance of 50' on both sides of the truck and must contain the GVWR, the last 8 digits of the VIN, and truck number.
  • Must have appropriate brake hookup. This includes a Bargman 7-prong standard trailer receptacle.
  • Must have 3 D.O.T. approved triangle warning devices.
  • Must have a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguisher must be securely mounted to the truck (inside or in the bed – no zip ties), have a gauge, and be rated at least ABC or 5BC.
  • Must have a six foot safety chain with a hook at each end.
  • Must have assorted tools, including 4-way lug wrench or ratchet set and an assortment of spare fuses.
  • Must have 9,000 pound winch.
  • Must have a center rail and appropriate ball stands. There must be at least one with 2 5/16" ball and one ball stands with 2" ball. Must also include a ramp for the center rail.
  • Must have Battery, Box, and Strap for trailer breakaway system. Battery should be a liquid-cell 12V battery (such as a car, motorcycle, boat, or lawnmower battery). Strap can not be a bungee strap.
  • Must have two ramps capable of latching to the back of the truck and supporting the weight of a trailer.

You can apply to be a Foremost Subcontractor at our online application.

If pen and paper is more your style, download and print a Foremost application that you can email, mail, or fax to us here.
Still have questions? Ask it in the comments section below this post, have a look at our truck requirements, or call one of our great recruiters at 1-866-764-1601.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Foremost Transport Requirements

One of Foremost Transport's biggest priorities is to keep our drivers safe, profitable, and citation-free. This dedication to our drivers is why we set each of our requirements. The requirements we establish and follow are based on what our safety experts have observed both over time and recently and address specific cases of incidents, accidents, and citations.


Driver Requirements

Pickup Requirements and Recommendations


Haul & Tow Requirements and Recommendations

Indiana Semi/Lowboy Requirements and Recommendations



Georgia Wedge Trailer Requirements and Recommendations








You can apply to be a Foremost Subcontractor at our online application.
If pen and paper is more your style, download and print a Foremost application that you can email, mail, or fax to us here.
Still have questions? Ask it in the comments section below this post or call one of our great recruiters at 1-866-764-1601.

Georgia Wedge Trailer Requirements

 
Foremost Transport - Georgia transports multiple cargo trailers and automobiles throughout the Southeast.
Pulling a wedge with two or three cargo trailers or cars has a great per-mile rate and excellent reload opportunities!

Truck Requirements:

  • Must be rated 1-ton dually or larger. 250s, 2500s, Dakotas, Tundras, etc. are not acceptable regardless of customization or suspension packages.
  • Should be diesel. If done properly, a gasoline powered truck can do the work, but bear in mind that our rates, including the fuel surcharge, are based on diesel prices.
  • Signing on to move cargo trailers must be 2-wheel drive.  Trucks signing on for our car-hauler division may be 4WD, but must provide their own trailer.
  • Must be made within the past 10 years, but we can go as far back as 15 years if the truck is in exceptional condition. If your truck is older than 10 years, we will require photographs of the truck before we can approve your application. 
  • Must have 5th wheel hitch or Gooseneck, rated for at least 20,000 pounds and connected to the frame of the truck.
  • Must have Mud Flaps that are as wide as the rear wheels and come to 6"-8" from the ground when no trailer is attached.
  • Must have wheel wells (fenders) that cover front, top, and inside of rear wheels to prevent rock damage.
  • Must have extended mirrors capable of providing an appropriate view to the rear when a 102" trailer is in tow. 
  • Must have marker lights (clearance lights) so that you can pull a trailer without clearance lights legally.
  • Must have Electronic Brake Control Module.
  • Must have Battery, Box, and Strap for trailer breakaway system on electric brake trailers. Battery should be a liquid-cell 12V battery (such as a car, motorcycle, boat, or lawnmower battery). Strap can not be a bungee strap.
  • Must have a six-foot safety chain with hooks at each end.
  • Must be registered for appropriate weight of truck and trailer (our average truck has a 36,000 pound IRP plate). 
  • Must pass annual inspection. This can be a D.O.T. inspection or, if your state offers a one year annual inspection, a state inspection. State inspections that are valid for more than one year can not be legally accepted.
  • Must have certificate of insurance, sometimes called the "long form." Insurance must include at least $1,000,000 of commercial liability coverage and appropriate levels of physical damage coverage. If you do not have this insurance, or are finding it to be too expensive, we may have a solution for you.
  • Must have no more than 30% window tint. Federal regulations require that at least 70% of visible light be able to pass through your windshield and front driver- and passenger-side windows. There can be no tint on the windshield below the AS1 line. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see that there is tint on the window, it is too dark.
  • Must not have Radar Detector or Jammer. Either of these items are a violation of federal regulation.
  • Must not have a tool box or auxiliary fuel tank that raises more than 4" above the bed rails. If you have either of these items, they must be securely mounted to the frame of the truck and comply with applicable policies and regulations.
  • Pickups Must have a Standard Exhaust Pipe. All exhaust must be emitted below the bed or frame of the truck. Smoke or exhaust stacks are not allowed on pickups.
  • Must have 3 D.O.T. approved triangles devices. These can be purchased at orientation for $20.
  • Must have a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguisher must be securely mounted to the truck (inside or in the bed – no zip ties), have a gauge, and be rated at least ABC or 5BC.
  • Must have appropriate assorted equipment such as:
    • a flashlight, 
    • heavy duty jack, 
    • wood blocks for blocking trailers, 
    • fuses for truck, 
    • 4-way wrench or ratchet set,
    • first aid kit,
    • 20' jumper cables,
    • 50' heavy duty rope,
    • Extra Clevis hooks.

Trailer Requirements (Trailer and Car Hauler): 

  • Trailer must be D.O.T. certified and must pass a D.O.T. annual inspection. If you already have a current annual inspection, that will suffice.
  • Trailer must be 52' to 53' long and 102" wide. The 102" width is required and is 8" wider than a typical "car hauler."
  • Trailer must have a center rail and ball towers. Trailer must have a set of five (5) ball towers and shims that fit into the center rail.
  • Trailer must have a winch. Winch must be rated for 9,000 pounds or greater. Winch should be electric and have a battery mounted in a case and a cable and hook with appropriate ratings.
  • Trailer must have a spare tire. Tire should be mounted, serviceable, and properly inflated. 
  • Trailer must have functioning trailer break away system. This includes a charged 12V (or appropriate if other) liquid cell battery, proper battery mounting method, and appropriate connectors for electric brake trailers.
  • Trailer Safety Chains. Chains should not be damaged or broken. They must be rated appropriately for trailer weight, and must not use "D-Rings."
  • Wood Blocks for load levelling and chocking. Assorted sizes may be helpful
  • Appropriate straps, tie-downs, and ratchets. This includes at least ten ratchets and straps and one axle strap. Chains can not be used to tie down these units. These items are available for purchase at orientation.

Trailer Requirements (Car Hauler Only):

  • Trailer must be D.O.T. certified and must pass a D.O.T. annual inspection. If you already have a current annual inspection, that will suffice.
  • GVWR of trailer must be at least 21,000 pounds.
  • Trailer must be between 48' and 53' long and 96" wide. Stingers are not useful for this work, and should not be considered part of the minimum length.
  • Trailer should have a winch. Winch must be rated for 9,000 pounds or greater. Winch should be electric and have a battery mounted in a case and a cable and hook with appropriate ratings. If no winch is present, driver will be limited to only operable vehicles, reducing the number of loads available to him or her. 
  • Trailer must have a spare tire. Tire should be mounted, serviceable, and properly inflated.
  • Trailer must have functioning trailer break away system. This includes a charged 12V (or appropriate if other) liquid cell battery, proper battery mounting method, and appropriate connectors for electric brake trailers.
  • Trailer Safety Chains. Chains should not be damaged or broken. They must be rated appropriately for trailer weight, and must not use "D-Rings."
  • Wood Blocks chocking. Assorted sizes may be helpful
  • Appropriate straps, tie-downs, and ratchets. This includes at least six ratchets and straps or wheel bonnets and at least one axle strap. Chains can not be used to tie down these units. These items are available for purchase at orientation.
You can apply to be a Foremost Subcontractor at our online application.
If pen and paper is more your style, download and print a Foremost application that you can email, mail, or fax to us here.
Still have questions? Ask it in the comments section below this post, have a look at our requirements, or call one of our great recruiters at 1-866-764-1601.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Over $16,000 in Bonus Money Paid for January!

Foremost Transport's $2,000 Better Bonus paid out big in February! Foremost towable drivers were paid a total of over $15,000 make that SIXTEEN THOUSAND! for miles ran in January.


 
Drivers who hit the mark in January are on track for the full $2,000 bonus, while drivers who didn't quite make the bonus are still set to earn up to $1,800 in bonus money. This is in addition to the other great incentives Foremost offers for productivity, referrals, and safety.

Congratulations to Carl, Phil, Jason, Delbert, Bob, Mauricio, Luis, Mynor, Mike, Jorge, Don, Rafael, James, Terri, Richard, Bob, Rodrigo, Kevin, Estella, Cyrus, Dave, Dale, Chuck, Tom, Mike, Danny, Doug, Goerge, Doug, Damien, Wylen, Steve, Danny, Ron, Randy, Jason, Dave, Paul, Harvey, Ken, Jerome, Aaron, Bob, Stepen, Matthew, Clifford, Tom, Konstantinos, Robert, Arne, Gilles, John, John, Ronnie, John, Mike, Monte, Carl, Marty, Caleb, Rodney, Bob, Richard, Bob, Tom, Eric, Frank, Lonnie, Brian, Jasper, Nels, Lewis, Nikolas, Clayton, Mike, Steve, and Jonathan on getting a piece of the pie in January! Best of luck in February!


For more information on the $2,000 Better Bonus, please click here.

You can apply to be a Foremost Subcontractor at our online application.

If pen and paper is more your style, download and print a Foremost application that you can email, mail, or fax to us here.

Still have questions? Ask it in the comments section below this post, have a look at our truck requirements, or call one of our great recruiters at 1-866-764-1601.