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Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Problems With My Company Truck

Thanks for all the advise, you know it would be a great truck for a new driver if they fix the problems with it. When its fixed I'll treat it as if I own it and baby it. But I agree it shouldn't be out on the road as is so I'm going to deliver this load and before I send my empty call I'm going to send a message to route me directly to the nearest terminal. Fix it or keep it. They know that I left my last company for the same reason and I will leave them just as fast. As far as the company name I do work for them for now and this could become an issue so I will not disclose their name at this time. But thanks drivers. You have been very helpful, now I know I'm not asking to much of this company.embarrassed.gif

What ever you do, Do Not Leave The Truck! if you leave the truck somewhere other than at a terminal or somewhere told to you By the company YOU will be labeled as abandoning the vehicle and won't be working for anyone. If you are told by the company to deliver it somewhere make sure you have someone (not the janitor) at the destination give you a signed receipt for the delivery of the truck, trailer any cargo and keys. And also the current condition of vehicle (keep hold of those pics and any proof of contact with co.) once you leave it someone could trash it more and you would have no proof it wasn't you. Cover your ass!!!!!!!! Sounds extreme but think of how many ways this can come back on you.....good-luck.gif

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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New driver is already stuck with an unsafe truck - asking the vets.

Thanks for the tip, I may just do that but as a new driver/employee I don't want to steep on any toes but I do need these problems resolved. I should have mentioned that I did not drive this truck out of their terminal, I was sent to recover it from a former driver so the company did not know about any issues with the truck until I picked it up and notified them. I just feel they should have routed me strait into a terminal or now that I'm out on the roads they should allow me to take it to an outside shop. I've driven past two Freight Liner service shops already! The company told me no I can't take it there and no don't take it else where either. They've given me no farther options or assistance thus far.

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I'm a brand new driver, just picked up my truck, a 2013 right out of the gate. I called my company's road side hot line to report major problems with this truck. The engine is making lots of noise that's either a pully or the a/c compressor. The company sent out a guy who said he just has no idea which it is so he can't help. No fix to the problem. There is a bent tandom rim on the trailer and the tire is slowly losing air. There is one marker light out, one taped together and one hanging off the trailer. When the truck is at ideal I loss oil pressure, truck stops and tack just falls. I checked the oil level and its fine. this is just the few problems that really need attention now and I can't get the company to let me take it any place to get it fixed. When I picked up the truck the right fuel tank was bent in and after I filled it up today I drove threw the lot and parked and then I noticed sepage marks down the side of the tank coming from the fuel cap. Should I maybe contact safety since I can't get road side to help me out and their not routing me to a terminal for repairs. There's no way I can pull this truck past a DOT inspection! So what should I do, I need this job!

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I don't remember who it was, but the best advice I can give is to go to a DOT station yourself and request an inspection if you get no response from your company

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Problems With My Company Truck

Problem is I didn't get this truck at the terminal, I was sent out to recover it from a former driver that didn't return it. I took pictures of all the damage you can see and sent in a qual comm message about the other issues. I also called my driver manager and break down. So they haven't seen this truck probably in 6 months but I'm telling them about it and have asked if I can have it looked at but they just want me to keep on rolling!

Okay, I'm a brand new driver, just picked up my first truck and my first load. This is a question for veteran drivers out there.

Just got my company truck a 2013 right out of the gate but clearly the last driver who had it really couldn't drive it well, didn't maintain it well or had the same problems with our break down call center I now am. My engine is making REALLY LOUD NOISES. I called it in and they sent out a dummy who said it could be a pully, could be the ac. He has no idea. No fix to the problem. I also informed the company that there's a bent tandom rim and the tire keeps running low. The mud flaps on the tractor, left is torn right is missing. The trailer one rear marker lamp is out and one front marker lamp is broken and taped together while a 3rd is hanging off. At ideal I loss oil pressure, truck stops and the tack just drops. I checked the oil and its full. The tractor is also due for p m. Can't get to a terminal right now but the company will not allow me to take it any where to handle any of these problems. Need this job and don't want to quit, but also don't need DOT to pull me in for an inspection I know I will fail. Almost happened today in Texas lucky for me they flaged me threw, before they heard my engine noise as I drove out of there! Almost forgot one thing, right fuel tank was dented when I picked up the truck and after I filled it up today I noticed sepage from the fuel cap down the side of the tank! Should I maybe call our safety director since service will not help me out with all this?

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Did you not inspect the truck before you took it? I would have never left the terminal without a different truck or that the issues were fixed regardless of what they told me.

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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New driver is already stuck with an unsafe truck - asking the vets.

I'm a brand new driver, just picked up my truck, a 2013 right out of the gate. I called my company's road side hot line to report major problems with this truck. The engine is making lots of noise that's either a pully or the a/c compressor. The company sent out a guy who said he just has no idea which it is so he can't help. No fix to the problem. There is a bent tandom rim on the trailer and the tire is slowly losing air. There is one marker light out, one taped together and one hanging off the trailer. When the truck is at ideal I loss oil pressure, truck stops and tack just falls. I checked the oil level and its fine. this is just the few problems that really need attention now and I can't get the company to let me take it any place to get it fixed. When I picked up the truck the right fuel tank was bent in and after I filled it up today I drove threw the lot and parked and then I noticed sepage marks down the side of the tank coming from the fuel cap. Should I maybe contact safety since I can't get road side to help me out and their not routing me to a terminal for repairs. There's no way I can pull this truck past a DOT inspection! So what should I do, I need this job!

Posted:  4 years, 6 months ago

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Problems With My Company Truck

Okay, I'm a brand new driver, just picked up my first truck and my first load. This is a question for veteran drivers out there.

Just got my company truck a 2013 right out of the gate but clearly the last driver who had it really couldn't drive it well, didn't maintain it well or had the same problems with our break down call center I now am. My engine is making REALLY LOUD NOISES. I called it in and they sent out a dummy who said it could be a pully, could be the ac. He has no idea. No fix to the problem. I also informed the company that there's a bent tandom rim and the tire keeps running low. The mud flaps on the tractor, left is torn right is missing. The trailer one rear marker lamp is out and one front marker lamp is broken and taped together while a 3rd is hanging off. At ideal I loss oil pressure, truck stops and the tack just drops. I checked the oil and its full. The tractor is also due for p m. Can't get to a terminal right now but the company will not allow me to take it any where to handle any of these problems. Need this job and don't want to quit, but also don't need DOT to pull me in for an inspection I know I will fail. Almost happened today in Texas lucky for me they flaged me threw, before they heard my engine noise as I drove out of there! Almost forgot one thing, right fuel tank was dented when I picked up the truck and after I filled it up today I noticed sepage from the fuel cap down the side of the tank! Should I maybe call our safety director since service will not help me out with all this?

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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New in the field and made a bad company choice

To all those who posted positive advise and comments I thank you. For those who share their truck pictures, nice! I've always heard that a CDL licence is worth more then its weight in gold and I guess I'm going to have to see if its true! Good luck to all of us and please drive safe, text later and stay awake and alert! Peace!!!!!!!!!

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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New in the field and made a bad company choice

I know it to be true that there is much more to learn of trucking after five weeks out but its not all things that need to be taught just things I will pick up with experience. I do understand the need to have a positive attitude and I am very easy going. What I meant was that I can safely operate a truck & trailer and I love driving them. I don't know what motive the company had or the real reason they cut me lose. I spoke to another company today who did not give me the time of day because their first questions was what have I been doing since I finished CDL school in mid August? Then what happened at said company? Their response to my position is I need to go get experience else where then apply! I can't get more experience if none of these company's will allow me the chance to prove myself! So what do I do now that I've spent $4,000 on school to learn a skill I can't use? I want to drive, I need to drive. I don't want to lie to these company's or leave anything out that will come back and bite me on my #*#.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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New in the field and made a bad company choice

Be careful some drivers will tell you to continue working their for 1 year! but on a much more serious note, so you didn't get your CDL? If not just walk away and cut your losses, no sense in staying with a Company that does not meet your needs. Start looking at other School Sponsored CDL Companies.

I have my CDL but thanks to [Company Name Edited Out] I can't find a job because other company's think I can't drive because this company sent me home. I had two trainers there. First one got me behind the wheel and then he went to sleep the whole time.

The second trainer was a real jerk but a GREAT trainer. In the end after five weeks out with him I'm very thankful to him and I can drive and back like a pro.

After five weeks of otr training there was nothing else for me to learn and I was read to test out, be issued a truck and start making some money. But the company training department told me hit the dock and I did in one shot. Then he told me do it again so I did, one shot. He says not even bumpers on both sides failed. Thanks for 7weeks of service and 14000 miles well served. No job, no truck and just a bad taste in my mouth and now no one will hire me.

Posted:  4 years, 8 months ago

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New in the field and made a bad company choice

I moved to Alabama and did well in CDL school. [Company Name Edited Out] came into my school and sold me on their company. I soon was off to [Company Location] and worked my butt off to earn a spot at [Company Name Edited Out]. It was the worst experience of my life. [Company Name Edited Out] is all lies. I trained in one of their brand new trucks they promised I will be driving in and they tested me in a 20 year old pOS with a million miles that SHOULD not be on the road. I passed their road test and they failed me on their skills test. I did all their backing tests with flying colors yet they failed me and now I can't find a company to get into. [Company Name Edited Out] is a low life company and a disgrace to the industry. What do I do now?

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