Vehicle Abandonment

Discussion in 'Storage Trailer' started by kap, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. kap

    kap Bobtail Member

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    So I just quit this company I was working for because I was not making any money and got tired of it. I was fed up, I now work third shift at a factory and hate it too but atleast I get to come home. I told my DSR that I would get the truck to her as soon as I had the money. Anyway, she said that if it sat to long I would be charged with vehicle abandonment. What is that, and what does it mean? Need some help I do not want this to ruin my license.
     
  2. didntitellu

    didntitellu Light Load Member

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    That is how they will report it on your DAC report. Your liscnese would be ok but your career would be finished. Your DAC report is basically your report card of professional jobs. Why you left, and so on. A abandonment for most companies is one they would not even consider you for hiring. It ranks right up there with being fired for alcohol or drugs....it finishes your professional driving career.
     
  3. jlkklj777

    jlkklj777 20 Year Truckload Veteran

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    Never Never abandon a truck. Your driving career will be over for all intents and purposes. Ask yourself this: If you entrusted a vehicle worth a hundred thousand bucks to a person and that person didnt return the vehicle to you what would you do? Answer: "Make sure you let every potential employer out there this person is unreliable and recommend not trusting him".
    This is what happens to drivers that abandon equipment. They basically get blackballed from the industry. This was why DAC services was created. To report on drivers histories with EVERY employer that uses DAC. You should ALWAYS return the truck and all the companies property to the terminal you are assigned to. Your supposed to be a responsible adult so act it. Return the equipment.
     
  4. Burky

    Burky Road Train Member

    The number one rule for leaving a job is that you turn the vehicle in, and you have a responsible representative of the company come out and do a post trip inspection with you, then you make copies of the Vehicle Inspection report, and each of you keep a copy.

    As it stands right now, you are holding their vehicle "hostage", while you are no longer their employee. In this instance, if i was the legal owner of the truck, I would take steps to have my property reclaimed and whatever other legal and financial action was needed. The truck is a money making asset to it's owner, and you have little justification to hang on to it until you can afford to return it.

    You need to get that truck back to it;s owner right now, and hope that your record stays clear so you can find another driving job if you so desire.
     
  5. tegutim

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    I am new at this career being a recent grad. But after my truck broke down for the 2nd time in a week & I got standed in houston. I called my boss & told him about the situation. I waited all day for the wrecker & I rode to the shop with him, my boss pre paid a bus ticket back to Ft. Worth as I had to leave the truck there because he couldnt afford to pay for the repairs till next week. Hope I didnt abandon the truck, or did I?? I quit as soon as I got home. Hope he can afford to pay me for my miles come friday, Can I charge him for down time??
     
  6. Pur48Ted

    Pur48Ted Road Train Member

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    YOU didn't abandon the truck, your situation is completely different than "Kap".
    You accompanied the truck to the repair shop and your employer provided you with a bus ticket to Ft Worth.
    Down Time??
    You mean the hours spent waiting for the wrecker? Generally, a employer will pay something, but that is usually spelled out in the employee handbook.
     
  7. Pur48Ted

    Pur48Ted Road Train Member

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    Your lucky if they don't charge you with theft.
    They COULD....
     
  8. tegutim

    tegutim Bobtail Member

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    handbook??? LOL he hired me & put me on the road right outta school. I didnt, still dont know what Im doing. He has has 3 trucks ( all junk ) & just starting out. He works from his home & parks his trucks by the home depo.. Guess I learned the hard way, I need to go with a big company. I went solo, scared to death. Ran 2 days with no sleep, hardly ate, the truck had no a/c. I was running all in TX.. He was calling & yelling at me the whole time. what a nightmare... Any suggestions on getting a real job??? Im also an ex - felon... Thanks
     
  9. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Its sad to say, but guys like you and guys with a/more than one DUI on their records are often taken advantage of like this by less than scrupulous trucking owners. They know you do not have very many choices and what are you going to do about it, if they screw you.

    Good luck looking for a new job. I know its going to be tough.
     
  10. kap

    kap Bobtail Member

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    Thanx for the reply everyone. I offered to bring the Truck back to a major terminal. I did not want to be charged with Vehicle abandonment. My DSR told me that it would not be a problem to get it back to them. Later I got a call from my FOM informing me that since I was no longer an employee, I would not be able to drive their equipment. I will be charged with vehicle abandonment. I don't think this is right, I offered to bring it back in a timely manner and they would rather screw me, it makes sense.