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Robert R.'s Comment
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Hey guys I need some help with a problem I'm having with a company. I did CDL School and and now in debt $6,000. I'm working for a company out of Tontitown Arkansas guess who.. this whole experience has been horrible I've been here almost 3 months. I had a racist rude mentor for 3 weeks at one point when I set my phone down he said something sexual to my mother she wouldn't tell me what he said cause she knew I'd getting ****ed. Moving on I finally upgraded to first seat driver. I get stuck with a partner that has minimal experience similar to me. This guy would wake me up every 3 hours because he didn't know what he was doing or accusing me of smoking in the truck. Finally I called dispatch and said this is a safety issue this guy isn't letting me sleep. So eventually they say okay we're going to put you in a different truck go pick it up and Virginia. I drive to Virginia mind you I'm not getting paid for this to pick up this truck. After 3 days in this truck I finally get home time and I'm wondering why I have these bites all over me. My girlfriend goes out and inspect the truck and finds bed bugs and roaches. They say okay we're going to try to route to Tontitown to get a truck and will put you in a hotel each night. First they send me to Orlando fl, then Davenport fl, then Wooster Ohio, then Sydney, Ohio, then Dayton, down to Mississippi. Ok atleast now I'm working my way there. Last night they sent a load from memphis to Ohio. I wrote back I'm suppose to be going to ark to get a truck. I can't keep driving this truck I just had a bug crawl across my leg I have bites all over me. So now there saying take load to little rock. I know there's trucks there. Btw during my home time I spent hours trying to clean up the bugs and somewhat get rid of them. Had to throw away my rolling duffle bag and other stuff they got into. And the last slap in the face was my check after my 133 dollar child support came out. 25.00. Should I call OSHA a lawyer. I really want out of this contract, i only have 3 months recent experience so a decent company is going to be slim to get on with. Plus I'll have C1 harassing me for the 6k. I have the patience of a saint but I'm at the end of my rope. Any input would be grateful. Thanks

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I am not sure how iron clad C R England contracts are. I have a buddy I went to school with that drove for them. I know he finished his 10 month contract (they paid for his cdl school) then shortly after found a local job driving in Missouri.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Robert, regardless of all the problems you are having, you owe them the 6k. Your financial agreement is unrelated to the bedbugs, etc.

They trained you, helped you get your CDL , trained you how-to be a truck driver and you signed a contract agreeing to pay them back for the designated value said training. Be prepared to make arrangements for that...they might allow you to pay in monthly increments. Read your contract. Not sure how they operate in that regard...but by all means don't attempt to wiggle your way out of it...you'll lose that battle every time.

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.
Jan P.'s Comment
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How you played your cards and laid out your complaints sounds like your looking for a way to get out of it.

Played the Racist card. Blamed the other driver for Personal attacks. Blamed the new guy in the truck. Then bugs.

Sounds like you complained a lot and to say "I have the patience of a saint" seem to contradict your post.

Robert R.'s Comment
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Thanks Patrick. I'm sure i can get on with CL or Swift. But I'm wondering if all the bs I've been through would void the contract.

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks Patrick. I'm sure i can get on with CL or Swift. But I'm wondering if all the bs I've been through would void the contract.

Please reread what I wrote. No

Robert R.'s Comment
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How you played your cards and laid out your complaints sounds like your looking for a way to get out of it.

Played the Racist card. Blamed the other driver for Personal attacks. Blamed the new guy in the truck. Then bugs.

Sounds like you complained a lot and to say "I have the patience of a saint" seem to contradict

So tell me what you would do? Would you like to stay in a truck with bed bugs all over your personal belongings? Find bites all over yourself. Just curious?

G-Town's Comment
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Robert this is what I wrote:

Robert, regardless of all the problems you are having, you owe them the 6k. Your financial agreement is unrelated to the bedbugs, etc.

They trained you, helped you get your CDL , trained you how-to be a truck driver and you signed a contract agreeing to pay them back for the designated value said training. Be prepared to make arrangements for that...they might allow you to pay in monthly increments. Read your contract. Not sure how they operate in that regard...but by all means don't attempt to wiggle your way out of it...you'll lose that battle every time.

I am not debating any of what you claim happened. Although we never recommend breaking a contract and/or leaving your first company, if you insist on leaving CRE, then you owe them 6k. Period.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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It sounds to me like your company is trying to fix the problems you're having, are they not? You didn't like your co-driver so they got you away from him and they put you in a different truck. Now you have bed bugs so they're sending you to the terminal to either switch trucks or clean up the one you have. I'm not sure what else you'd like them to do.

What I would do is stick it out. Let them either clean up the truck you have or put you in a different one.

Robert, if you examined the day to day lives of any trucker out there they are all filled with hardships and challenges. People are missing their spouses and children, getting ill, getting stuck waiting on freight, dealing with bed bugs, dealing with racist drivers, waiting on repairs to get done, sitting out snowstorms, and a million other things.

Your story is no different than anyone else's. You've had some challenges. Welcome to trucking. That's how it goes. Quitting your job isn't going to change that. Every company you work for will have its issues. Trucking in general always has its issues and challenges. There's no escaping it.

I would stay where you're at, get your truck fixed up, and keep moving. Complete your contract and earn a great reputation as a top tier driver. That's when you'll start getting new equipment, top miles, and top pay.

You also have to understand that you're not making much money because you're not focusing on turning miles. You hated your last co-driver so you made the company get you away from him. Now you have a different truck but it has bed bugs and you're having them send you to the terminal. You're not going to turn big miles until you can focus on turning big miles.

So get the truck fixed up, learn your trade, develop a great reputation, and you'll reap the rewards. Quitting your job isn't going to fix anything.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Jan P.'s Comment
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Robert R. I wouldn't play the race card. I wouldn't get upset when my mommy wont tell me what he said. Maybe it was along the lines of lady cut the lad lose already let him grow a pair already.

I wouldn't have *****ed like a little baby about a co driver. And I certainly would have checked my truck before I slept in it.

I also would have read my contract and not be looking at making a list of excuses because I failed and need a way out.

Get over it get back to work get a new truck start running miles.

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