How do you handle truck maintenance issues with your company?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by RoadSideDown, Mar 19, 2021.

  1. RoadSideDown

    RoadSideDown Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2021
    Hi, I am a new Class B driver. Worked one year for school district that was fantastic with bus safety and upkeep. They always had spares available in an assigned bus had a problem.

    I am taking another job and looking to get my Class A school later this year and get on with a line haul outfit.

    How do you guys handle truck maintenance issues if the company tells you to drive on or ignores the problem? Doesn’t that put your CDL at risk if there is a breakage on the road or an accident ? Do you drive even with a failed pre-trip or do you refuse until they fix or substitute? Or does their direct order remove the responsibility from you? Something like a front tire could be your life in the balance, or other breakage could injure other motorists.
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  3. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Experienced mx13 execrator

    Sep 16, 2016
    Depends on the problem to be honest. Something like a set of bad brakes for example, you would tell them to go to hell. Something like a check engine light or a blown single on a trailer is fine. Its a judgment call mostly.
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  4. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    There’s no “removes the responsibility from you.”
    So, how would you handle maintenance issues knowing that?
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  5. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Road Train Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    No different than bad weather. I’m the driver, I’m responsible.
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  6. Doealex

    Doealex Medium Load Member

    Feb 21, 2018
    Whatever affects safety is driver's responsibility (not always financial), all the rest is company's responsibility. Bear in mind that if check engine light leads to a stalled vehicle and accident then it's driver's responsibility as well because driver ignored a problem long enough.:D:D:D
  7. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    My truck driving school won the award for best in the state five years in a row, and here's what they taught us:

    If your company orders you to drive with violations, one thing you can do is pull in to the first open scalehouse you find, park out back by the inspection area, step inside, and inform them that your company ordered you to drive a truck with what you had deemed to be safety violations on your pretrip, and would friendly Mr. DOT officer please come outside and take a look at what you found, to help clear up the confusion because you don't think it's OK. What they'll do is inspect your truck and send all citations and fines to the company.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2021
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  8. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    I’ve had successful inspections where the inspector asked if I wanted him to put something down.
    I’ve also seen inspectors still give tickets to drivers that volunteered an inspection, as the law still required them to give it to the driver. Seems to depend on the guy though.
  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    Your school did you a disservice telling you that. If you move the rig knowing there are violations, the responsibility is yours. Tickets could go to you, or your company but either way the violations, and any OOS, will go onto your PSP.
  10. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    Not to mention it's chicken ####.

    Sorry, but we were all thinking it.
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