Protecting your CDL

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Canadianhauler21, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. Canadianhauler21

    Canadianhauler21 Medium Load Member

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    To what extent do you protect your CDL?

    I recently left a company after one week of work because they kept wanting me drive on PC to make deliveries. 75 miles and 90 miles. Also I had a drive time violation for 11 hours and 45 minutes drive time.

    Being desperate to get back home I drove back basically as soon as I could and avoided all scales on the way back. I emptied out the truck yesterday and sent the owner a message saying I'm done working for him. I told him I need to protect my license.

    Did I over react or was it the right thing to do? Owner says I'm over reacting and need to come back.
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    F 'em. They pulled that crap once they won't hesitate to try it again.
     
  4. Harry Flashman

    Harry Flashman Medium Load Member

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    Most trucking companies will ask you to bend the rules at some point.

    Instead of quitting your next job, it would be better to learn to say a firm “no” and let the chips fall where they may. Most of the one asking you to break the rules will back down if they see you won’t take their crap.

    That is just the way the industry is, and if you quit and run away at the slightest problem, you won’t last.
     
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  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    There's literally a ton of shady outfits where OP is located. Its probably comparable to Chicago.
     
  6. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    That maybe true for some. The better ones will not though.
    Even the ones that sometimes ask to push don't do it on the first week. The op, if he allowed this to continue would get caught.
    No, the op did 100% the correct thing and claiming it's just the industry is a b.s. excuse to not stand up for yourself.
     
  7. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Ultimately you are responsible for your driving time management and must stop if your hours are up. So just be firm with them if you do want to stay, sometimes the boss will push you just to see what you are or are not willing to do. If not than by all means leave however this will not be the only company your going to encounter this issue with unfortunately.
     
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  8. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

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    Are the hours different in an emergency, FEMA for example.?
     
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  9. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

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    I have never once been asked or encouraged to exceed my HOS or use PC for any reason. A reputable company will never ask you to do it. Those are YOUR LOGS....you are legally responsible for the content of those logs. A company like that will throw you under the bus if push comes to shove. You made the correct move. Too many good jobs out here to deal with that $#!+.
     
  10. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    I've never been asked to either. You did the right thing. Hopefully their vindictiveness won't interfere with your future job searches.
     
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  11. Harry Flashman

    Harry Flashman Medium Load Member

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    Way to misrepresent my post, I clearly said he needed to learn to stand up for himself.
     
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