Can truckers record dispatch conversations?

Discussion in 'Trucker Legal Advice' started by K_R, Mar 20, 2021.

  1. K_R

    K_R Bobtail Member

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    While reading this in another thread:

    This seemed like great advice but I couldn't help but wonder, can drivers record their conversations with dispatch in matters of safety? What if I had my phone setup to say "this call is being recorded" at the beginning of all calls outbound and inbound?
     
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  3. Lucky12

    Lucky12 Medium Load Member

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    I thought about having a standard quote to start conversations with all questionable actors by starting with "This call is being recorded for quality assurance" There are apps that will record all your calls. Some places I believe it is not allowed in court if the person was not informed they were being recorded.

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
     
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  4. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

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    Depends on the state, varies some require permission of both parties, some only require the permission of one of the parties. You can record it for your own reference, but using it in court is another thing. I always use a voice recorder on calls with dispatchers and or brokers or safety. With the exception of I do on call for certain agency where recording would be a direct violation of my agreement with them. On there work I'm not allowed cameras, cellphones or any type of recording device.
     
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  5. mpd240

    mpd240 Road Train Member

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    If I need to call someone in a two party state I would just make a call and include my spouse who lives in a one part consent state and have her record it.
     
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    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Because of the legal issues noted above; if I had a concern about the record of a conversation I always pushed it to text or email. I have even gone so far as refusing to move the truck until I have written confirmation (although most of my calls with dispatch were recorded).
     
  7. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    Working with a BS dispatcher, I called, and when he answered I said this call is being recorded. He went all kinds of bullcrap! He was screaming at me, threatening all kinds of crap I couldn't be recording the call. He was going to tell management and have management call me. When he got done his lunatic rant he hung up. I never heard from management and....
    I wasn't recording anything. Only screwing with him as he deserved. :occasion5:
     
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    If anyone raises there voice at me on a phone call or disrespects me in anyway, I hang-up without any explanation. Some will call right back and start in again, they get the click till they figure it out, or call back and ask (without yelling , why) and that ends the the BS.
     
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    black_dog106 Road Train Member

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    Didn't mind the screaming 'n yelling. Confirmed I had accomplished my goal.
     
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  10. K_R

    K_R Bobtail Member

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    Thanks everyone for the advice. I can see how this can get complicated seeing the different laws by state and moving interstate. I like the idea pushing for writing but not sure if it will be practical while on the job.

    Wonder if it's just better to research the carriers well on how they handle safety concerns in terms of allowing the driver to protect themselves against moving freight or trucks deemed unsafe. I'm new, still in the process of getting my CDL but I really want to look into these sorts of things because when I read some of the threads it's like you could find a company with great trucks but the one you get into have problems then they pressure you (the new driver) to move it. Suppose it's a simple check engine light. Seems some truckers wouldn't mind moving it after pre-trip but what if with the pressure of becoming a "team player" you drive it down the road and it stalls on the freeway causing accident, injury, or death? If I'm responsible for safety I should be able to simply say fix it, give me decent down pay or get me another truck, and keep it moving with no worries about job security. But ####, hope I don't end up shooting myself in the foot with all this.
     
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