Waiting weeks for truck repair

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Babey Duck, Nov 6, 2021.

  1. Babey Duck

    Babey Duck Bobtail Member

    Sep 11, 2021
    Nope. Lol I know it's gone.
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  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    I know it man.....You'll knock it out in no time..do you have any job prospects?
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  4. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    Hey how’d I get dragged into this lol

    Best of luck getting this issue straightened out OP
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  5. RoadSideDown

    RoadSideDown Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2021
    Sound advice. If they say you won’t get escrow tell them you are going to report them to the Labor Dept for illegal use of 1099 to avoid paying SSA and injured worker and unemployment taxes. Tell them that $2000 makes it worth hiring an attorney to sue them for illegally trying to tell a 1099 how to die his tasks and withholding funds.
    Any company in this day and age that abuses the use of 1099 to avoid taxes and overhead is shady as heck and should be avoided. They have a ton of unpaid employee taxes to answer for. I guarantee they will settle anyway possible with you to avoid involvement of a labor attorney or the IRS or the state Labor board. Read the laws about definition of contractors and you will see your company violates every single condition.
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  6. Babey Duck

    Babey Duck Bobtail Member

    Sep 11, 2021
    Have a bunch of calls from better jobs right now. But I gotta get clean here first.
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  7. Babey Duck

    Babey Duck Bobtail Member

    Sep 11, 2021
    I wanted to get some flatbed experience under my belt. I knew it was gonna be hard. I didn't have many options. No one was taking me seriously. Plenty of box jobs want me, but they don't pay well or there is something else that doesn't fit me. Now I have job opportunities on flatbed that I didn't have before. I have always had to get in the back door with ######## companies to get the experience. I have never had the connections to go in the front door. Companies want experience. When people have bitter comments like yours. I started in produce, went to a ####ty company that would take me without the $6000 school. Then I went into cartage. Got a temp job and went to many companies. Then to air freight. But I stopped for a few years to raise my daughter and I had to start from the bottom again. Went back to refer, then I was at Fed ex. But I can't drive all night anymore. So I went to flatbed. No one would train me, so I ended up and this trash heap.
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  8. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    For future reference, any one of you guys pulling a box that wants to skateboard, if you have driving experience, here’s what you do:

    1. Familiarize yourself with 393.100 in the green and white bible.
    2. Buy a securement book. It should simplify what you read in the Bible.
    3. In the truck stop parking lot, when you see a skater checking his load securement, pick his brain. A good skater knows the regs like the back of his hand. He should be able to break things down in cornbread language. If he doesn’t know the regs, or cannot explain WHY he secured the load the way he did in a simple way that a 5 year old can understand, walk away. If he says at any time, “I was taught…”, there’s a good chance that he is an idiot.
    4. Pay attention to loaded flatbed trailers that you see. Any questions, snap a pic and post it in the flatbed forum picture thread. Someone WILL answer.

    “But Six, won’t an open deck company require experience?”
    The specialized companies are going to test you on their yard and give you a written test on the regs and then throw you to the wolves.

    Luck in battle.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2021
  9. Six9GS

    Six9GS Road Train Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Yuma, AZ
    You guys can bash megas all you want. But, Swift would never coerce me to take a load if "I" was uncomfortable with the mechanical condition of the truck and "I" felt it needed to be taken to a shop to get repaired. Also, I'm not the one to have to figure out where to go to get any needed service. I make 1 phone call and they figure out the rest, be it send someone out to fix or tow my truck or where to take it for repair.
    My heart goes out to the OP in this situation, sounds like it really sucks. I have no advice on what to do or not do. But, I am grateful I drive for a company where I'd never end up with this dilemma to begin with.
    Things like this apparently are more common than they probably should be. I have a friend driving an almost brand new MAC and is having brake problems. He took it to their shop and they told him they have to coordinate with MAC for warranty repairs and it was going to take 'a few days'. But, they sent him out with the brakes not working well. I told him frankly I would have refused to take a truck out with deficient brakes. Warned him to be careful as he can be. Regardless of being coerced to run with brake problems, if he had any wreck, it'd be on him because he accepted driving a truck with a known problem.
    To any and all with these kinds of issues, I wish you all the luck in the world.
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  10. UturnGirl

    UturnGirl Road Train Member

    Jan 16, 2010
  11. Pamela1990

    Pamela1990 Road Train Member

    Nov 7, 2021
    B.C. Canada
    A good shop would not allow a truck to leave with faulty brakes.
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