that is all well and fine until the dot decides to run a level 1,2 or 3 inspection on you. better hope no golden awards are given
Celadons new scale Rules
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I doubt that. I see "Union" drivers who already get paid by the hour not bother to walk around their truck when they stop to see if all their lights are still on or the second trailer is still attached. But I bet if a company tried to get rid of a union driver for "Not doing things the right way" they wouldn't be able to do it. I hang out with union drivers. Nice guys, but I stand by my statement "I will take my chances on my own".
If y'all don't experience the bad, --
how will ya know what's good?
Besides, bottom feedin' Big truck truck driver trainin' companies don't really want you to stay long with them. You're pluggin' up a seat that another trainee could pay to occupy while movin' freight cheaper.
The first Big truck truckin' company I drove for right out of school was pretty descent, --- until I went local dedicated account. When the dock decided to throw another 6,000 pounds on the tail of a 53 footer, without indicating the weight increase on the BOL, the stage was set. Although even with the unknown additional weight I wasn't over gross, it put me 2,000 pounds over on the trailer tandems which I couldn't adjust rearward due to bridge law. As luck would have it, a scale that's usually closed at 4:am, was open and discovered the over-axle weight.
I was informed by the company that it was my responsibility to scale the load before hand.
Had the load been loaded properly the total weight didn't indicate a need to worry about bein' over weight.
The load was sealed so I couldn't see for myself how it was loaded. With no scale on site, and the closest CAT scale would add forty miles to a thirty mile trip (70 miles + time wasted = late delivery), I asked them how I could have scaled the load and still made the delivery appointment at a grocery warehouse.
"That's your problem".
They stood their ground.
When I returned from the delivery, my feet hit the ground walkin' out the gate, ---
right into a dream gig with a small company, ---
and I never saw another grocery warehouse again.
I was with the first company for 4 1/2 years, and if it hadn't been for the disagreement I probably wouldn't have found something that fit me better. From a company with a 55mph limit International cab-over, 9-speed 315 hp Cummins to a turned up 425 hp mechanical Cat, 13 speed in a KW W-900, and eventually a Freightliner (former show truck) that'd run triple-digits (the driver before me got a citation for doin' 113, which, he said, wasn't flat out yet). I also filled in for a couple of months when one of the Independent/Contractors needed time off for surgery, --- drivin' his brand new Freightliner Classic, 600 hp Detroit and 18 speed, -- with all the bells and whistles.
It's highly unusual for an I/C to ask a company driver to drive their ride.
I was AfterShocked when he did.
Had it not been for what I learned while with the first company, there's no way I would have been able to impress an I/C enough to trust me with a ride like that.
Every cloud has a silver lining?
Sometimes what seems to be a bad situation can turn out to be the incentive to leave our comfort zone and find a better gig. I don't recommend jumpin' from one mega carrier to another. They're mostly all the same, -- only different. The better Big truck truckin' companies usually don't advertize for drivers. If they do, they fill the position pretty quick.
Know what'cha want and what'cha will accept.
Then keep your eyes and ears open.
It's been said; If y'all find something you enjoy doin'---
and do that for a livin' ---
Y'all will never work a day in your life.
It's twue! :smt045KeithT1967 Thanks this.
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