Marten Transport

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  1. truckermario

    truckermario Road Train Member

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    Talk is still cheap. Everybody's freight is down. My miles were down when I was working for CFI, but I didn't seek to blame it on them. But everybody's experience is going to be different. I still consider Marten one of the better companies. Far better than C.R. England with their pushing of the fleece programs.
     
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  3. truckermario

    truckermario Road Train Member

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    That link shows nothing about a subsidy, and business decision or not, installing APUs on all your trucks, which are individually expensive, still shows something about a company.
     
  4. CA_Medicine_Woman

    CA_Medicine_Woman Light Load Member

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    Okay, on the terminal manager thing... Terminal managers have a job to do, and dealing with drivers for an unknown problem is not a real high priority in the grand scheme of things. Sorry you felt your particular issue should have been more of a priority, maybe it was or wasn't. Maybe on your next job, if and when you have time and the terminal manager can indulge you, you should spend a few hours seeing what it is they really do. Same with the Ops Director. How would you feel if you had a high pressure job to do, and someone walks in unexpected and expects you to drop everything and deal with their issues first?

    Now, what caught my attention, the broken axle... How, as a driver with allegedly 25 years experience, could you not know how to tell if a trailer axle is broken or not? Even if just slightly bent, the tire wear pattern alone would be a clue that there is a problem. What doesn't make sense is you dropping it at a customer, and then later talking to one of their employees about the condition of the trailer. When I drop a trailer at a customer, I'm usually a couple of hundred miles away before their yard truck gets to it, and I may not get back to that customer for weeks.

    Something about this makes me suspect you were one of the many hundreds of drivers at Marten who doesn't even do a basic walk around once a day, let alone a proper daily vehicle inspection. Yes, I do them, religiously. I've been badly hurt by an equipment failure (the mechanic said he fixed the problem and signed off on it), so I know how important the inspection is.

    Since you did have the trailer for six days, and since you were the last driver assigned to it, it does come down to you, unless you have proof the customer did it.
     
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  5. Powell-Peralta

    Powell-Peralta Road Train Member

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    OK, for all marten drivers:

    Could you please, at least for one week, describe/list your typical miles as in exact miles for that week.

    And then could you basically list your exact pickup and deliver times for a week which would be like a typical week?


    Please?
     
  6. CA_Medicine_Woman

    CA_Medicine_Woman Light Load Member

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    For this week...

    Load 1: PU 05/29 # 1900 ARV 2 hrs Early, out by 1800 DH Miles 81
    DP 06/01 # 0730 ARV on time, empty 0830 LD Miles 539

    Since I already had 3200 miles previous week, I held this trip back from previous week's payroll to avoid getting nailed on taxes (which happens whenever I get paid for more than 3500 miles in a given week).

    Load 2: PU 06/01 # 1800 ARV 1100, out by 1330 DH Miles 108
    DP 06/03 # 1400 ARV 1300, out by 1500 LD Miles 662

    Load 3: PU 06/04 # 0900 ARV 1600 (06/03), out 0800 (06/04) DH Miles 18
    DP 06/08 # 1200 ARV 1130, out by 1400 LD Miles 2069

    Total paid miles this week's payroll is 3388. Payroll cutoff is 0100 Tuesdays, and I scan trips directly from the truck (most scan at Transflo locations, usually Pilot truck stops, or from the terminals). All these loads were "Live" load and unload, but usually I do mostly drop-hook loads at pickups.

    This, for me, is a typical week in the summer.
     
  7. Interstate Boogiefoot

    Interstate Boogiefoot Bobtail Member

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    Marten always has little robots running to the rescue on these post. LOL
     
  8. tmellen58

    tmellen58 Bobtail Member

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    Apparantly you pissed off the wrong person! Talk about vindictiveness! I worked for them for 6 years but grew tired of being lied to by dispatchers trying to snag my good runs away from me to give to their drivers. My fleet manager would leave for the day, (whom I really liked) and the night people would come out of the woodwork always wanting me to swap, repower or flat out take a good run and try and replace it with some trivial trip. There's some really hateful, back stabbing people working in positions they shouldnt be in these days!
     
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  9. tmellen58

    tmellen58 Bobtail Member

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    Just because a mechanic "signed off" on a repair does not make you any less responsible on checking this so called mechanic's work.. They too, can be as lazy as some of these drivers are!
     
  10. bigblue19

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    Talk is still cheap. Everybody's freight is down

    Naw thats just what company's tell their drivers when they don't have the freight to give them.

    Their is less freight then the trucks needed to move it, but some carriers have kept their miles the same or even increased them by cutting power units and or freezing hiring.

    Now about your confusion or misguided loyalty , You said your miles are down but that they keep hiring? Now does that sound like a carrier that cares about you?:biggrin_25525:
     
  11. bigblue19

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    Load 2: PU 06/01 # 1800 ARV 1100, out by 1330 DH Miles 108
    DP 06/03 # 1400 ARV 1300, out by 1500 LD Miles 662

    Load 3: PU 06/04 # 0900 ARV 1600 (06/03), out 0800 (06/04) DH Miles 18
    DP 06/08 # 1200 ARV 1130, out by 1400 LD Miles 2069

    This, for me, is a typical week in the summer.


    dang, and I thought a week was 7 days?

    Weekly payroll means jack. You take the whole years income and divided it by the number of hours you actually spent performing tasks for the company ( paid or not, which will no doubt be depressing) and then take that hourly amount and convert it into miles based on your mileage pay. This will give you your accurate miles per day and show that you worked full time for the company and received part time pay. Hence the life of a OTR trucker:biggrin_25521:
     
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