OWNER OPERATOR Q&A

How much does FST pay owner operators?
We pay 68% of all line-haul miles, drops, unloading and detention pay. With your own trailer we pay 76%. These rates will go up 1% per year until they hit the current rate cap.
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How often do you get your drivers home?
Our drivers are home weekly. While most drivers are home on the weekends, some routes require home time be at times other than the weekend. We ensure our drivers get quality home time on a consistent basis.
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Do you pay for "deadhead" miles?
No. We only pay for loaded miles, but we keep your deadhead miles to a minimum.
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How often do you pay your drivers?
We pay our drivers each week on Friday for any work they perform the previous week. We also offer direct deposit at no charge.
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In what areas of the country do you operate?
We primarily operate from the eastern seaboard to the Mississippi River. We have some loads going west of the Mississippi, but not with any frequency. We have no west coast loads, and we have no forced dispatch to New York City.
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How much experience do you require of your drivers?
FST requires at least 2 years of verifiable OTR experience operating a combination vehicle.
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How many moving violations do you allow?
In order to be considered, you should have no more that 3 violations in a 3-year period. You may not have any violations for excessive speed (defined as 15 MPH or more over the speed limit), DUI or reckless operation.
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Does FST offer any type of safety bonus?
Owner/operators who meet or exceed safety evaluation criteria are eligible for quarterly bonuses of up to $400.
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Do you require any endorsements on your drivers’ licenses?
We require all FST drivers to have a Haz-Mat endorsement.
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Are drivers required to unload freight?
Many of our customers have unloading requirements. You will be paid for any unloading you are required to do. If a location has lumpers available, we will utilize their services.
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How many months out of the year can I expect to work?
We provide steady, year-round work. At FST you can expect to work 12 months out of the year.
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Do you run team operations?
At this time, we do not run teams.
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Do you have a fuel surcharge program?
Yes. We pay a fuel surcharge adjusted weekly based on the national average.
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Do you have a driver referral program?
We do. After you’re employed by FST, if you refer a driver and we hire them, you will receive a $500 referral bonus. Both you and the referred driver must be employed here at the time of the bonus payout.
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