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Posted:  7 months ago

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Company Asks For Drug Test While Zero HOS Left

with 4 years of driving, im kinda wondering why you need to ask.

I needed to ask because I didn't know the answer. Even if I had been doing this for 10 years and it was the first time something like this had happened, I would still ask. To answer your question though, I've had a mixture of both solo and team runs throughout those years. Mostly teams though.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Company Asks For Drug Test While Zero HOS Left

@Turtle Like Robert D. (Raptor) said, it happened to one if his guys three times in one month. I'd rather be informed about these things than just be caught by surprise and not know what I can and can't do. At least now I know it's something I must comply with regardless of the clock or what my status is. That is all I was seeking to know here.

I don't know where the comments like "chill out" and "suck it up" are coming from. Just because I seek to know what rights I have as a driver? Or because I said it bothered me a bit that I had to be awoken from my sleep? Well I'm definetly not going to jump for joy over something like that. Of course I'm not going to like it. Either way, I got my answer many comments ago and I appreciate everyone who contributed to it.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Company Asks For Drug Test While Zero HOS Left

@G-Town I've been doing this for 4 years. I understand what you're saying. Thanks for your input.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Company Asks For Drug Test While Zero HOS Left

@Old School I am not paranoid. My question was mostly about what the rules are rather than what would you do. I guess I have to realize when asking these questions that some drivers would probably drive beyond their limited hours if they can or if the law allowed it. I am more so the opposite in that I prefer to get good rest, eat well, exercise, and be more balanced overall, even at the cost of missing out on "big bucks." Therefore I want to know what the regulations are and use them to my advantage in the case that one day some company wants me to do things that are unreasonable. So far, my company have indeed treated me fairly for years and I am very content with them and as far as I know, I am also in good standing with them.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Company Asks For Drug Test While Zero HOS Left

Okay thanks. That answers my question. I still find it crazy though how you can technically be on-duty forever. So if they want to work you to death, then they can as long as you're not driving. That part I never understood. But it is what it is I guess.

Posted:  7 months ago

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Company Asks For Drug Test While Zero HOS Left

I'm confident I'll pass so I'm not worried about that. What I'm pretty sure of though is that you must log yourself on-duty when doing a drug test. So let's say I've used up all my on-duty hours and they want me to do a drug test. I must therefore go on-duty with no HOS left. If later on during an inpection they want to look at my logs and they see I was on-duty when I had no on-duty hours left, won't that count as an HOS violation?

Posted:  7 months ago

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Company Asks For Drug Test While Zero HOS Left

Hello, I'm just wondering if the company is allowed to ask you for a drug test while you still don't have on-duty hours left. I was in the sleeper for less than 8 hours when they called me and said I must go to such and such a place for a drug test now. I have a codriver, so it was he who was to take me directly. I understand that by the time we would get there, I would have gotten 8 hours on sleeper already. But my question is if they can just call about work related stuff like this while you're technically not suppose to be working. My phone was on silent so they called my codriver instead and had him awake me about this to have me call them. It obviously bothered me a bit because I always like to get my full rest before my next shift. Can they really interrupt your sleep like this that you're legally entitled to? Or am I wrong about the "legally entitled" to part? Thanks.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swift In Cab Camera

This is a great country. You are free to leave at anytime and go work somewhere else if you don't like what your employer is doing.

Of course. Nobody is arguing that.

Complaining about things doesn't help though.

Since when is having a difference of opinion complaining? And history has shown that protesting actually makes a difference at times so to say "doesn't help" is just your opinion entirely as well. You'd be on the sideline while people try to make a difference which there is nothing wrong at all about that either.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Swift In Cab Camera

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I have been working for Swift Transportation for about a year and a half and have been happy.

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There are write-ups of drivers not using seat belts in terminals. If you touch your phone, you will be written up and need to come into the office to speak with a safety coordinator. If you are eating a sandwich while driving, grounds for dismissal.

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Have you considered staying with the company and simply driving the truck safely and responsibly? Just a thought.

I agree with the original poster that it's a little overboard if a company wants to write someone up for eating a sandwich and driving. With the route I run, there is no time to stop and eat so I must eat while driving if I want to be on time. I also agree with him on the invasion of privacy topic despite having read opposing view points.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Driving Through Company Shutdown

So I just got word today that they will let me stay but I'll have to complete some safety videos and then be on 180 day probation. Thanks everyone for your input.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Driving Through Company Shutdown

@Susan D. Conditions weren't that bad in my opinion. Many trucks were still on the road. Apparently, I happened to finally shut down towards the end of it, so they say, so I pretty much drove it all and did not feel like it was hazardous. I hear what you're saying though and will definitely pay closer attention to that from now on whether with that company or the next.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Driving Through Company Shutdown

If you are hauling something explosive that requires a "safe haven" then in no way should you pull off on any old exit for the duration of the company mandated shutdown period, safety should understand that and will likely work with you.

Though if you are not hazmat and are just referring to a truckstop as a safe haven then be honest. Tell them you did not read or understand the message and that you were just trying to do the safest thing possible in an already bad situation.

If you have no accidents on your record then you will be able to get another job. If they waited this long to do anything about it though then I would think they are going to give you another chance. Just be sure to pay attention now.

I was not carrying hazmat so that probably won't help my case but I did talk to them on the phone while driving, telling them of my plans to stop some miles ahead and they gave me the okay. Not sure if that'll help my case either but yes, I was honest when I spoke to him today and said I couldn't really remember since it was 2 months ago but if that's what the timeline says on their computer (that I read the messages and continued driving anyway) then I have no excuse.

We'll see what happens but I just want to be able to do trucking elsewhere if they do decide to terminate me.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Driving Through Company Shutdown

Company shutdown? Does that mean you kept driving when out of hours? Please explain.

Yeah sorry I should've clarified. The company made us stop driving due to weather conditions only.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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Driving Through Company Shutdown

Hello, so basically I am at the point of possibly being terminated by my company for driving through a mandatory company shut down which was a for a stretch of 48 miles before I finally shut down. I was brought in to talk to a safety guy today and told him that I was looking for the nearest safe haven once I realized I was driving through the shut down but that safe haven wasn't for another 20 plus miles. I even told the dispatcher on the phone if I should pull off any random exit and wait or get to that safe haven and they said to keep going til I get there. However, it now turns out this was too long of a drive for their liking. This was in Novemeber and it has barely been brought to my attention 2 months later so the timeline is not all that fresh in my head. Regardless, the safety person to whom I explained these things today said that the committee will review my case and decide whether to terminate me on those grounds or not.

If they decide to terminate over that, how hard will it be to find another trucking job? I'm hoping I'll still have options because it's not like I got into an accident or anything. Im hoping to know the decision by tomorrow but I may have to wait til next week they said.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Can guard have my codriver wake me in order to sign some sign-in sheet while I need to be in sleeper?

@Matt M.

Top earners are not going to go on duty if they can help it, they are going to finish their 10 hour break and keep on rolling.

Yeah I realize that's where me and a lot of drivers that I've met in person differ. Some want to be out on the road for many months at a time and are willing to deprive themselves of sleep, food, showers all for the sake of making as much money as they can. Not saying that's wrong, it's all just personal preference. I prefer to be a little more balanced even at the cost of big paychecks.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Can guard have my codriver wake me in order to sign some sign-in sheet while I need to be in sleeper?

@Old School Hey thanks for the advice. But perhaps I should've given more context to my question. I've been a truck driver for over 3 years now. Is that still considered new? The majority of those years have been OTR but now I've been on the same exact dedicated lane for a little over a year and am very content with it. I don't think I'm out of tune with my expectations. I came here for input on my situation, which you and many others have given and which I am also very thankful for. I'm sure many years down the line, I will continue coming back and asking questions that may seem very basic to others. But I am not of the mind-set that companies or corporations can just use us however they want without regard to our reasonable well being. They may try, but we too should be heard. Anyway, not trying to make this long but my point is that I am simply exploring what my options are in this particular situation. If something like this can be avoided, then why not? That is what I am in the process of finding out. Just sitting here and staying quiet will get me nowhere. If in the end nothing at all can be done at about it, then I at least learned something new.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Can guard have my codriver wake me in order to sign some sign-in sheet while I need to be in sleeper?

All that jostling around while going down the road, hitting pot holes, stopping, starting, getting fuel, etc, etc. None of that robs you of your sleep?

Nope. I sleep through it all.

But having to sign in at a secure location where the guard needs to keep track of who, and how many persons come and go through the gate is a big issue?

The big issue here is SLEEP, not anything else.

This is part of team driving. It's a part of the job you chose. Embrace it - you're a Team Driver.

Of course I'm a team driver. I never said otherwise. What I gather from everything you're saying is to just "deal with it." Perhaps that's what YOU would do but I am first going to look at my options to see if there is anything that can be done in case this becomes something persistent. Maybe getting proper sleep is not a big deal to you but it is definitely important to me, so calling it "incidental" or a "small thing" is relative.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Can guard have my codriver wake me in order to sign some sign-in sheet while I need to be in sleeper?

@ Errol V. Wow that is interesting. I certainly did not know that. So hypothetically speaking, on my log I can be on-duty for 20 plus hours straight without any violation as long as I'm not driving? That's definitely new to me but thanks for the citation because I see it now.

And @Pianoman I guess you were correct after all. But yeah I did sign it while on sleeper and will continue doing it that way if I have to but it's just the hassle of having to wake up just to sign it and then try and sleep again that bugs me. We'll see what happens but if it comes down to it, I may consider buying a stamp where I can put signature on it and I'll just authorize my codriver to go ahead and stamp my signature every time he arrives. I know I'm going to lengths here but I cherish my sleep! lol

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Can guard have my codriver wake me in order to sign some sign-in sheet while I need to be in sleeper?

By the way, I should probably clear up that I AM the one in the sleeper, not my codriver. If my codriver was in the sleeper and I was the one driving, I would totally sign it for him, or just tell the guard I'm solo. My codriver is unwilling to do this for me though for fear of getting in trouble which I can understand. That's why I'm resorting to finding another way.

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Can guard have my codriver wake me in order to sign some sign-in sheet while I need to be in sleeper?

@Pianoman

You can legally go ODND anytime for as long as you want, whether you are "out of hours" or not

I don't think that's true. If you've used up your 14 hour clock, you cannot legally be on-duty anymore until it resets. At least that's what I remember. Can someone confirm this because that's one of the things I'm counting on to not be interrupted while sleeping.

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