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Complaint Review: Stageline Express

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  • Submitted: Sat, December 08, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, December 10, 2012

  • Reported By: Anonymous — Internet United States of America
Stageline Express
140 North 64th Street. Coopersville, Michigan United States of America

Stageline Express Tom Freeland Lie, Coopersville, Michigan

*General Comment: Stageline Express Coopersville Mi

*Author of original report: violation of contract.

*Consumer Suggestion: Did They Violate the Contract you signed?

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Stageline express of coopersville, MI is not a good, honest place to work. They will say everything you wanna hear to get you to "lease purchase" one of their trucks, which are not worth half of what they are asking. And most of the older trucks other drivers have purchased, and paid off and then sell back to Stageline Express, and then the company Resells the truck again to another driver for the same price that the previous driver just paid for last 3-5 years. Then if you decide to lease a truck you will be told you will have $0.08 per mile of every mile taken out for a maintenance account till $4,500 is reached, which wouldn't be a bad thing if you were "allowed" to use the money for regular maintenance on your truck, but you can not the money can only be used if you blow your engine, blow your transmission, blow a rear end, or need 10 new tires. If your trucks problem isn't listed above you will not be able to use maintenance account. Now if your ok with having money you can't touch we move onto paychecks. You will be told you will be paid ten days from when they receive your load folders, and it will be every ten days you turn them in for about the first few months, unless payroll decides she doesn't want to do all folders that day or whatever excuse she can find. Now if you can deal with all that and being paid every 10-30 days we move on to the owner Mr. Tom Freeland, and he is nothing more than a lying, thieving, crook. Likes to yell and scream a lot when he's mad(which if you don't kiss his a** all the time) he will yell and scream and try to bully you but if you get back in his face he'll back down quick, he will charge you for anything and everything he can just to make more money and not work as hard, even things he should not even be able to charge you for, he'll find a way to twist it to make it look legit. Now if you made it this far, lets move on to road life with Stageline. Stageline will run you outside of your legal log book hours, they are a good target group for scales along I-80 and I-40 for out of hours, and fatigued drivers. And you will do a lot of swapping loads with other drivers because most of their drivers cannot make a full trip because of multiple excuses by them, leaving you with there load which 24 hour drive from where you swapped and you will be expected to do it in 12 hours or sooner. You have to redo log sheets multiple times a day to try to make it look legit, and dispatch will tell you to "make it look good" BUT if you get caught at scale and shut down, Stageline will charge you $2,500 fine, and will slam E-Logs in your truck. But if you want to run legal, safe, and trouble free its best to go with E-Logs cause once your out of hours your done for ten hours. Now on to equipment their trailers are mostly in good shape, they have bought a lot of new ones and traded off old ones. But their trucks, they break down on a daily basis and if you do have problems with your truck you will be told you have to wait to fix it till you get back to coopersville, MI so their shop can do it cheaper, and the only thing cheap is the parts he'll charge you double then petro/ta and since California is going with the emissions law Tom Freeland decided to buy 2012 frieghtliner Columbia glider kits and put Pre 2006 engines in them because he believes that he can still go into California with these trucks after 2014 which he will be sadly mistaken when they do emissions testing at the state line.

 So short recap, if you can deal with being lied to everyday, yelled at like a child, ran past your logbook and to your limit, may or may not have paycheck that week, trying to be pushed into buying his overpriced unreliable trucks, and pick up the slack for all the other drivers that you can't believe got a CDL, and having money you can't use unless you blow something up or blow all 10 tires at once, and being screwed out of money anyway they can find. Then Stageline is always hiring because they have extremely high turnover, most drivers never more than 2-4 weeks if that long. And Mr. Tom Freeland And his good friend and safety guy Dan Brown will tell you everything you wanna hear to get your signature on that contract so they can start making more money off other people. I just wish everybody Stageline hauls for(Perrigo, Tyson, Markon, Ect) knew what a thief Tom Freeland is to his drivers. Tom Freeland Already went out of business with ETV another former trucking company of Michigan, and from the looks of it I believe Stageline will follow in its tracks. While they are practicing poor business relationships with drivers that overwork themselves trying to make a living only to lose there truck, and money to be left with nothing.

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#1 General Comment

Stageline Express Coopersville Mi

AUTHOR: concerned person - ()

I was going to go work for Stageline Express, they seemed to be on the up and up but i checked their csa score and the reputation and it was exactly like what the previous person had reported.

They talk a really good game but if you are a potential employee looking to get into a good job, dont go to Stageline if you are one that cares for your csa score. I asked to see their fleet of trucks, WOW, when I first pulled up I thought it was a joke. all the trucks look really rough, none of the truck look to be able to make it from Coopersville to Grand Rapids let alone state to state. If you know anything about DOT regulations you know that your steer tires can not be recaped or regroved and they must be same size and same type. The very first truck I layed eyes on clearly had one re-grooved tire ( zig zag type grove )  on the front pass side and the other was correct. However upon further inspection I noticed they were also a different size. Their " fleet yard" is a pole barn with a small parking lot with all the trucks cramed into one corner. I was told they bought a truck from a previous company whos insurance company had deemed it "totaled" but Stageline bought it and will put it back into service. I dont know about you but thats not anything I want to drive. I had also been shown a truck that i would train in, the tires sucked and eventhough " HE " said the tire would be fixed, he still had shown me a truck without a hood and a very leaky rough looking engine. Sorry people, forget Stageline, Go with MPH logistics of Fremont Mi.

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#2 Author of original report

violation of contract.

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

Yes, they did violate the contract that they had me sign.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Did They Violate the Contract you signed?

AUTHOR: Michgan-Driver - (United States of America)

Dear Anonymous, Just a couple of quick questions;

1. Did the carrier disclose the total monthly payments at the time you signed the contract?
2. Were you aware that the money you put in your maintenance account would only be used for those things you listed above when you signed the contact?
3. Did you inspect the truck that you signed the lease-purchase for prior to signing the contract?

If you did not double-check any of these things prior to signing the contract then why did you sign it? Please remember; before you sign ANY agreement read it carefully and make certain that you are aware of the commitments before putting your name on the line. Do your Homework! Do not get "New Truck" fever.
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