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Grain hauler at Foltz trucking

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Question about the DOT physical

Hobo says this:

“When the company tells me to do something I'm on duty...always.”

Not quite so cut and dried. For example, right now I’m taking a 34 at the company facility. My truck was due for a PM. Yesterday, while off duty for the 34, the shop called me and said to bring the truck into the garage for the PM. I’m not going to interrupt my 34 to creep into the shop for the work. Same when they were done, still stayed off duty. The company asked me to do what I did, but no way I’m going to go on duty and mess up my 34.

I could cite other examples of staying off duty to do things the company asks me to do, but the point is that there are times when the letter of the law makes no common sense. I get paid by the mile. My attitude is that if it is customary to pay by the mile, then it’s only fair that a driver can do what he needs to do in order to maximize his hours available and, in turn, maximize his miles.

There are exceptions to most rules. Black and white is fine, but I like the color grey on a regular basis and as needed.

An even better and safer approach to this is to log out. Let dispatch know the situation and annotate that you the driver did not move the vehicle and that the shop performed the move due to the service. You're now off the hook and there's notes to verify it.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Owner OPs leaving their truck running all night?


Yes, it's true that people kill people and not firearms, but we aren't seeing people go into schools or shopping malls to kill a bunch of people by mass stabbing


You can't even make this up. 13 hours before he posted that, this happened:

Suspect charged in Illinois stabbing spree that left four killed and seven injured

Seriously, you don't even have to write jokes about lefties. The jokes write themselves.

Lefties hate gun ownership because they're weak people. They're terrified of having to protect themselves, and they resent those of us who have the courage they lack and accept the responsibilities they fear. They *hope to God* that taking away everyone's guns would ensure they won't have to protect themselves, but seriously, how simple-minded do you have to be to think that making guns illegal will prevent criminals from having guns?

The war on guns would be as effective as the war on drugs. Just like with drugs, criminals will have guns, and anyone can buy one if they want to, which many people would.

For the record, at home, I have both a shotgun and a 95-pound German Shepherd, which are rights that I cherish. I live up in the mountains, so if anyone came up here looking for trouble, I'm on my own for quite a while before any cops showed up. With the economic and immigration situations we're facing now, my arsenal is about to get considerably more robust.

My response to those calling for "common sense gun laws" has always been a simple one. First, get every last illegal firearm off the streets and out of the hands of criminals. At that point and once it has been proven, then we can have a conversation. Until then, there's no conversation to be had.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Baltimore Bridge collapse

That's going to cause a huge issue for quite a while as they have to re route ships to Southern ports to be unloaded. That bridge was also the oversized and heavy haul route in and out of the Dundalk ports since the small bridge next to the container port (the only other way in) is weight restricted. I used to travel that route all the time and truly hated going across that bridge.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Massive Layoffs At UPS A Big Win For The Union!

Old School, I totally agree with you. The one thing that nobody ever seems to want to address is that those at the top in union leadership are no different than the CEO positions or those on the board. If there were unions out there who weren't corrupted with the same greed, I think you'd find more people would have faith in union representation. Should the working class have a voice? Absolutely. Should that voice effectively put them in no better overall situation? Well, that's a question that never seems to find a valid answer and it's all too easy in trucking to look back at the Teamsters or even the UAW and see the corruption and disdain from so many people.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jake brake

You running with Versatile too? Their new terminal turned out beautiful and they do run very nice equipment. I see them all the time through Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Posted:  4 months ago

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What do you find the most annoying?

Canadian drivers for all the reasons listed so far and to include, taking their break on the fuel island(at the actual pumps) as well as pulling forward at the fuel island so they can go shower, rather than finding a parking place first.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Axle seal leaks. How much is TOO much?

The answer is in the name of the part itself, the seal. It's there to fill in the gap and prevent any fluid from leaking.

Posted:  5 months ago

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Need Advice

Am I the only one who noticed the name, saw the commentary and knew what would be coming?

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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I80 rollover Omaha

The Super Ego driver should have never swerved.

Posted:  6 months, 3 weeks ago

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Knight: Driver-Facing Cameras?


Perhaps I'm just against the grain on this, but the harm in them is that they contribute to the survalience state, help establish a database for facial recognition which in turn leads to centralized control of individuals, think 1984.

All despotic regimes basis for control begins with surveillance of its subjects. With millennials and zoomers, we have two generations that openly embrace mass surveillance and control. I refuse to be a part of it to the extent that I can and still live a reasonable daily life.

In terms of the industry, driver facings cameras treat the symptoms not the cause. The cause is that the barrier to entry is very low. We need better training, testing, ongoing testing to keep your CDL and more selective hiring processes.

To the best of my knowledge, commercial airline pilots don't have pilot facing cameras. They do have better training, testing, qualification standards and enforcement of regulations. The problem that were not addressing is cheap labor, you get what you pay for.

One other thing that comes to mind is natural selection. It's a philosophical argument, but given enough time idiots on their phone will eventually wreck enough to be purged from the industry. Yes, people will get hurt in the process, but that's the reality of living. Their behavior doesn't benefit the society as a whole, and by its own nature will take them out. Instead like many other things in society, we want to turn everything into a safe bubble wrapped environment that's nice and safe and happy. The price for that world is individual freedom.


Here we go with Darwin again. It takes a very wild imagination to connect the issue of driver facing cameras to the theories of Darwin. Quite the stretch.

Much of the proliferation of surveillance and cameras has come not because people are evolving but because people are devolving and therefore crime is increasing. The legal and insurance professions love surveillance to prove their cases or disprove multi-million dollar liability cases.

If people were not inclined to commit criminal acts we would have a very decreased need to record everything. A person doing nothing wrong needs no surveillance but does need it if someone does something wrong to them.

I fail to see any NSA, CIA, FBI or other government type conspiracy behind the ubiquitous presence of cameras and surveillance systems. And therefore little reason for the average honest, law abiding person to worry about being recorded. I view it mainly as there for my own protection. I have a driver facing camera in my truck and barely give it a thought. It would not be a factor for me in applying for or declining any job. If others feel differently, I respect their viewpoint and certainly wouldn’t criticize anyone for objecting to the camera.

There are a number of TT members who have a background in law enforcement. I would be interested in hearing from them about this issue and how they view the growing need for and use of surveillance and cameras.

Interesting that you mention the pay about government agencies and surveillance. The man who invented the cell phone camera, which also led to the advancements in other camera technologies is a man by the name of David Monroe. He's an engineer obsessed with the telephone and also technology. He also founded a company called Phototelesis which was a defense contractor who designed remote image transmission systems for the US government and just about every other allied spy agency from the CIA to Interpol to you name it. Phototelesis now designs radar tracking and surveillance camera systems for fighter jets along with many other systems that the public will never know about. The government always loves to get their hands on ways to monitor people and what they do, yet try to make it seem like it's for the greater good when obviously, it's not. How do I know so much about the company above? My mom was VP of sales and contracting for about 15 years and I spent much of my junior and senior year in high school testing this machines for demonstrations to potential customers. It's very strange that they all wore the very typical black suits and were usually named Mr Smith or Mr Doe lol.

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