Reporting faulty equip

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ItsDaJuice, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. ItsDaJuice

    ItsDaJuice Bobtail Member

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    Had some trouble with a truck bobtailing down to Florida. It was the first time I'd used this truck. Between 55-65 mph the truck just started shaking. I thought it was a problem so I reported it to my dispatcher and said I was going to take it in. The shaking subsided so I decided to continue on my trip. The next day I picked up my load and when backing I seen out then rear window (day cab) that the frame was bent from someone hitting a low trailer. I delivered the load and the truck seemed fine. The next day the rumbling came back and this time I decided to take it in. The mechanic wrote up a report and I delivered it to dispatch when I arrived. It was a different dispatcher from when I first reported it. This is the second time I had a problem like this but with a different truck, so when I arrived and delivered the news he said "I think you're a bad driver" , I said "no I think I'm just getting unlucky with the trucks you guys are giving me" he repeated "no i think you are a bad driver". I explained to him that I reported the issue before I even picked up a load (so I couldn't have bent that frame). He said "so you're trying to cover your ###?" Well yes, yes I am! He was correct in that. Why would I take the blame on something like that which I was not responsible for? Shouldn't they have they been appreciative that someone was taking the time to be concerned about their equipment and reducing the risk for another driver? Sorry if this is not the place for venting, but I'm exhausted from driving my ### off for these mofos! I guess the saying is true "never be the bearer of bad news." Maybe I'll just keep my mouth shut and let the next poor sucker get stranded on the side of the highway. F*** me I'm complaining and acting like a sissy. Sorry. 1 + year of driving experience.
     
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  2. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    If your company will not keep the trucks in good condition then you should find another company before it bites you in the backside big time.

    If you have over a year experience it should not be too hard to find a better company to work for.
     
  3. flybynight12

    flybynight12 Medium Load Member

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  4. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    At most companies dispatchers are #######. They couldn't drive a truck and deliver a load if you held a gun to their head.

    Why are you reporting a truck issue to your dispatch anyway? Thats a safety dept/mechanic issue.
     
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  5. ItsDaJuice

    ItsDaJuice Bobtail Member

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    The trucks are rentals. We don't have an in house mechanic shop and dispatch is also management. I don't think we even have a safety department from what I know. Only been there for a couple weeks.
     
  6. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    So you went for the fly by night outfit?

    Get into a real trucking company.
     
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  7. ItsDaJuice

    ItsDaJuice Bobtail Member

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    I'm not sure what fly by night is. It's a big company. The trucks are Ryder and ones they own are for the yard and local mostly. But no they are not specialized in trucking only.
     
  8. ItsDaJuice

    ItsDaJuice Bobtail Member

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    Yes, I'll be looking.
     
  9. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

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    Sounds like they're not specialized in much at all.
     
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  10. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    There is no rule that I am aware of that requires a "safety dept". However, there had dang well better be somebody handling all the things required to be in compliance with the FMCSA. Everything from drug testing to maintaining the records required by part 391. Doing the yearly reviews etc etc. This can be contracted out. However, I do believe the records are required to be physically at the home address of the carrier. @brian991219 might know more.
     
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