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Company Contracts
04-23-2012, 05:19 PM
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Company Contracts
Contract System for TruckingSim


Main Contract System


Contracts are generated 3 times per day, at 8 hour intervals. The contract bidding end times are 00:30 08:30, 16:30 server time (CET/CEST).

Contracts bidding is done via an open auction where the lowest bid wins. The maximum/opening bid on a contract is $2.39 per mile Subsequent bids may be any value below the existing bid.

At the close of bidding (8 hours after contract generation) contracts which have bids are awarded to the appropriate companies. Each company then has 192 hours from the time the contract was awarded to deliver the require cargo weight. Contracts which have received no bids are moved to the subsidiary contract system.

Generation of contracts

Contract generation consists of the following variables:

$Rand(Source)
$Rand(Destination)
$Rand(poundmiles)

Cargo = Static supply of $Rand(Source)
Note: This means that some contracts will have an XP requirement.
Required Weight = $Rand(poundmiles) / (Distance between Source and Destination)
PenaltyClause = $0.005 * Required Weight (= $200 per load)

The number of contracts generated in each round is 15% of the number of companies with 5 or more active drivers with a spread of contracts similar to the distribution of companies according to size. An active driver is a driver who has been active in the 48 hours prior to the beginning of the bidding session.

Eligibility for bidding

Any company with 5 or more active drivers may bid on this type of contract.

Each company is rated based on the number of active drivers it has. A company may bid on any contract which has a rating between â…“ of the company rating and double the company rating.

A company cannot bid if winning the contract will take the number of active contracts above 6.

A company cannot bid if winning the contract will result in total potential contract penalties greater than the company's assets.



Subsidiary Contract System

Contracts which have failed to receive any bids in the main contract system at the close of bidding are moved to the subsidiary contract system. Contracts in this system are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Each contract has a listed payment (per mile) and the first company to click on the bid button is awarded the contract.

When contracts first appear in the subsidiary contract system they have a listed payment of $2.50 per mile and the contract deadline is extended by 8 hours. Every 12 minutes after this point the payment may increase by 0, 1 or 2 cents per mile.

Any contracts which have not been awarded after 8 hours are deleted from the system.

Eligibility for bidding

Company rating is not applied to subsidiary contracts. Any company with 5 or more active drivers may bid on any subsidiary contract.

Each company is rated based on the number of active drivers it has. A company may bid on any contract which has a rating less than 4 times the company rating.

A company cannot bid if winning the contract will take the number of active contracts above 6.

A company cannot bid if winning the contract will result in total potential contract penalties greater than the company's assets.



Sub-contracting Company Contracts

A company that has won a contract through either the main or subsidiary contract system may choose to sub-contract parts of that contract to other companies. Subcontracts cannot be further subcontracted. Up to 3 subcontracts may be created from each contract won.

For the purpose of this explanation the following terms are defined:
“Client” : The imaginary user ordering/paying the original contract (i.e. the game).
“Main Contractor” : The company winning the original contract through the main or subsidiary contract system.
“Sub-contractor” : A company taking on part of the contract from the main contractor.


When choosing to sub-contract their contract the main contractor may set the following options:
  • The payment per mile, up to a maximum of $3 per mile.
  • The weight (in lbs) that the subcontracting company must deliver.
  • The deadline (see below)
  • The minimum number of drivers that the sub-contracting company may have to bid on the contract.

The deadline must coincide with one of the standard bidding/contract end times. The deadline is chosen in terms of a “buffer” between the end of the subsidiary contract and the main contract it contributes to. The options are between 0 and 48 hours in 8 hour increments.

The maximum weight that can be set is the lower of:
  • A general limit based on the distance to the static supply chosen by the game when the original contract was generated.
  • The weight required to complete the (main) contract.
This maximum weight is displayed on the create subcontract page.

The penalty clause is calculated according to the same formula as for main contracts, that is $0.005 * weight (=$200 per load).

Sub-contracts can only be created if there are more than 24 hours until the end of the main contract.

As with the subsidiary contract system, these contracts are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Loads and payments in this system

Every load delivered by a sub-contractor counts against required total of both the main contractor and the sub-contractor.

When a load is delivered by a sub-contractor:
The client pays the main contractor the original bid rate.
The main contractor pays the sub-contractor the rate agreed in the sub-contract.


When a sub-contractor fails to meet their deadline
The sub-contractor pays the main contractor the agreed penalty clause.


Eligibility for bidding on sub-contracts
A company must meet the minimum active driver requirement specified by the main contractor.
A company may have a maximum of 10 active drivers.
A company cannot bid if winning the contract will take the number of active contracts above 6.
A company cannot bid if winning the contract will take the number of active sub-contracts above 3.
A company cannot bid if winning the contract will result in total potential contract penalties greater than the company's assets.

Independent drivers wishing to take on sub-contracts must first create their own company.
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