One Of The Things I Love About Trucking

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John M.'s Comment
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So as title says, one of the things I love about trucking is that I can finally help disaster areas like Houston TX in recovering and rebuilding, I may not be able to send money or get on a boat and help people to safety, (as much as I would love to do that) I can help in my own way, by trucking in freight and emergency supplies, I love this lifestyle so much because of that, first thing I did after my 34 reset on the 28th was tell my dispatcher I wanted to help, she set me up with a dedicated account here in Houston as a temp so I could help, I pushed my home time back and drove with haste down to Huston from Dallas. Well as much haste as the speed limit and HoS would allow anyway, I'd like to thank everyone here at TT for giving me the Information I needed to pass my cdl tests and be able to do this

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Colin K.'s Comment
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Good for you, John! Stay safe and God bless. Colin K.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Sadly it's in times of great logistics needs surrounding a natural disasters that drivers are treated with more respect overall.

Yes in times like this, for FEMA loads, HOS do not apply and critical loads of water and food get priority.

I'm not doing FEMA loads this time as it's not a place for trainees,, but I truly love driving each and every day out there and enjoy training new drivers for my company as well.

Stay safe and be careful. Keep stocked on supplies for yourself and God bless you for being willing to help out in this major way.

I'm very proud of you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
John M.'s Comment
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Thank you :) means alot to me to see you say that.

Sadly it's in times of great logistics needs surrounding a natural disasters that drivers are treated with more respect overall.

Yes in times like this, for FEMA loads, HOS do not apply and critical loads of water and food get priority.

I'm not doing FEMA loads this time as it's not a place for trainees,, but I truly love driving each and every day out there and enjoy training new drivers for my company as well.

Stay safe and be careful. Keep stocked on supplies for yourself and God bless you for being willing to help out in this major way.

I'm very proud of you.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete B.'s Comment
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Nice job John, way to go. Your efforts will be much appreciated, I'm sure.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey that's awesome John!

I agree wholeheartedly. Trucking is one of those jobs that you can feel proud of because you truly are the lifeblood of our economy. We do so much to help make people's lives very easy and convenient. We help businesses grow, houses get built, and in times of need we bring relief.

Glad you're getting the opportunity to help out down there. Best of luck to you!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Paul F. 's Comment
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Regarding the hos , (please verify, I'm not certain) but my information suggests dot suspended hos rules for Texas relief drivers.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
John M.'s Comment
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It means alot to me to be down here helping and it also means alot from the replies on here thank you agian everyone :) And bret I had a question for you, do you still drive? It's one I've had for a while now

Brett Aquila's Comment
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And bret I had a question for you, do you still drive?

Nope, I retired after 15 years of driving. I felt at that point I had experienced about all that life had to offer in that realm so I wanted to move on to new things that I couldn't do while driving, like small scale farming and hobbies that take extensive amounts of time like hiking and rock climbing and snowboarding and such.

MyNameGoesHere's Comment
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Regarding the hos , (please verify, I'm not certain) but my information suggests dot suspended hos rules for Texas relief drivers.

I don't know complete details. From what I've seen is that a few rules and regs including HOS have been suspended for 26 states because of Harvey's fall out. What I've seen only applies to fuels such as; gasoline, kerosene, propane, etc. If I find the news article I read I'll post it. It was on my news feed, didn't bother digging to deep since it doesn't effect me. I'm not out there just yet. I'm still trying to figure out how to update my profile and make sure I have what I need for my learnings.

Also, +1 million awesome points to all those going down to help out.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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