Should a driver pay for leaving their keys inside the truck?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by rpad139, Dec 2, 2019.

Should drivers pay the bill if they get locked out of their truck?

Poll closed Dec 9, 2019.
  1. Yes, drivers are responsible for not carrying a spare key and should pay the fee

    92 vote(s)
    81.4%
  2. No, the company should pay for the lockout fee.

    21 vote(s)
    18.6%
  1. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    You aren’t getting locked out of a 579 Pete. ;)
     
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  3. Commuter69

    Commuter69 Road Train Member

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    I am not sure I agree with you, I just understand and that's okay... I gotta admit that I like the new exterior design of the recent Volvo's, and I am anxious to see what the inside looks and feels like, but haven't had any opportunity...

    That said, I can't STAND the design of cars like Mini, Fiat, or Smart Car.... looking at them, I find myself looking for where the wind up key goes..... I teased a friend who had a smart car and offered to tow it with my BICYCLE if it broke down.... lol
     
  4. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    When I get a new truck it has spare keys.
    Before that when I got a used truck, if it didn't have a spare key I would just go to the shop and have them make me one. It was always kept in my wallet or pocket.
    Companies DO provide spare keys upon request.

    But if the driver is not responsible enough to keep a spare on hand and/or available, what then?

    The company should not pay for the drivers negligence.
    And negligence is the polite and PC term for it.

    If I were to get nit-picky about it, I would say that the words intelligence and negligence are flowers of the same stem - one healthy and vibrant and the other sickly and pale.
    Which would you rather cultivate in your own garden? Wouldn't you prune out those sickly and pale things?
     
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  5. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Yet many are buying them.

    Much like the Yugo, Gremlin and Pacer back in the day.
    To name just a few.
     
  6. Commuter69

    Commuter69 Road Train Member

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    There was also Citroen in Germany.... uuuuuggggglllllyyyyy!
     
  7. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Some may call it ugly maybe, but the SM was revolutionary in so many ways.
    That is one car I would not put on the lemon list.

    That car was the inspiration and front runner for many of the features in today's 'more' modern cars.
    Citroën SM - Wikipedia

    And that was when, exactly?
    Back in the 70's. 50 YEARS ago.
    Back when I was still in high school.
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2019
  8. Afarinnatar

    Afarinnatar Bobtail Member

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    First time should be on the driver. Second time the driver shouldn't be working there anymore.

    These are highly preventable rookie mistakes. Your truck should be off and keys in the pocket any time you leave it to begin with. You're wasting fuel which costs the carrier money and then you wonder why you aren't getting raises.

    Run your truck like you own the business whether you do or not.
     
  9. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You'd actually fire a driver for locking his keys in his truck?
    I agree that locking yourself out of your truck is dumb but losing a good driver over such a petty offense just doesn't make sense.
     
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  10. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Issue a spare key when the driver is assigned a truck. Tell him lockouts are on him.
     
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  11. Commuter69

    Commuter69 Road Train Member

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    As a driver, I am not rolling without a spare, even if it means I have to go elsewhere to have one cut....
     
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