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Owner Operator

Owner Operators are an essential part of First Choice Transport. We understand your entrepreneurial spirit and desire to be a profitable independent contractor. We are truckers ourselves, founded by a trucker and still run today by a trucker family.

First Choice provides an Owner Operator and Lease Purchase program that allows drivers to make money as a professional driver over the long run and for the long haul.

The tractor requirements to be an Owner Operator with First Choice

  • Tractor must be able to pass a DOT inspection
  • Must have safety equipment:
    • Fire extinguisher with 10 BC or more rating
    • 3 Triangle reflectors
    • All safety equipment must be securely mounted
  • Steer tires with not less than 6/32 tread
  • Drive tires with not less than 4/32 tread
  • Any out of service mechanical defects found at the time of pre-lease inspection must be repaired before truck can be leased. The repairs can be made at a repair shop of your choice.

Driver Qualifications to be an Owner Operator with First Choice

  • Minimum 2 years of verifiable tractor-trailer experience
  • Minimum age 23
  • Possess Class A CDL issued by state of residence with current address recorded
  • No DUI’s/OWI’s/ alcohol or substance related charges or convictions within the prior 5 years or repeat violations
  • No more than 1 DOT recordable crash with in the prior 3 years and no more than 2 non DOT crashes/incidents with the same time frame.
  • No more than 4 citations within the prior 3 years and no more than 2 of these can be moving violations involving speed.

Owner Operator Pay

  • Power Unit & Trailer
    • 75% of Gross Line Haul
  • Power Unit
    • 65% of Gross Line Haul
  • All Combinations
    • Weekly settlements with Direct Deposit
    • Choice: TCH Advance Card or Fleet One Fuel Card
    • Company paid Cargo and Liability Insurance
    • Company paid permits (NY, NM, OR, KYU)
    • IFTA Fuel Taxes Paid
    • Fuel Discount Program

Owner Operator Deductions/Optional Services

  • Escrow $100 Weekly deduction for 25 Weeks
    (IF contractor owes no money to the carrier at the termination of contract, funds will be returned to contractor.)
  • Optional Services
    • Michigan Base Plate - $100.00 Weekly deduction until paid in full
    • Cash Advances on TCH card $1.00 for every hundred advanced (limitations apply)
    • Fuel Program (Fleet One Card) ~ Amount of purchases + $4.00 per month card fee.
    • Insurance
      • Physical Damage
      • Bobtail/Non-Trucking
      • Rider Insurance

Settlements are paid weekly via direct deposit. Paperwork must be turned in via scan/e-mail, fax, mail, overnight or in person.


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