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Crying, mostly.

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Posted:  3 years, 3 months ago

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Western troubles

I have to use a mobile device to wrote this so please forgive. This is also a kind of long story so I'll try to keep it short, but I need some advice from you veteran truckers out there. Specifically anyone who started out with one of the bigger carriers and moved on.

I've been with Western Express for about 3 months now and the problem started when I got my first truck. I discovered as I was driving it that it had no brakes.. one of them was illegal and the other one wasn't working at all. so it took them a really long time to get me to the terminal and it wasn't until later that I realized that I could stop at a weigh station or something and have them do an inspection on it so that I wasn't forced to drive the truck or didn't feel forced to drive the truck. that was just one problem of many mechanical problems that I had with my first truck and it felt like I had to argue with them every day about the quality of their equipment while I was out there trying to run loads for them.

it finally got to the point where I asked for another DM and that was earlier last week. I was in Nashville and then my new DM found one in Atlanta and I come down here and there's a lot of critical problems with the truck. for example the entire exhaust system had to be replaced the airbag on the passenger side has an active leak in it plus there's an oil leak and plus there's an alignment problem. and to top it all off there's a bed bug issue and they made me sleep in it and I didn't realize it was a problem until I woke up this morning and saw bites all over my legs.

the only thing that seems to bother me about this among other things is that someone here at the terminal knew about the bed bug issue and threw me in the truck anyway so I don't know what their thinking was. are they going to let me get down the road and then discover it and then take it to Nashville or wait for me to raise a stink about it like... I don't understand what these people were thinking.

and now there seems to be a suggestion that I clean out the truck like it's my responsibility to take care of this truck even though I've been sitting in it for a grand total of three days and it's has all of these problems. These problems tell me that the guy who had it before me did not inspect it but for some reason I feel like they're trying to put the responsibility on me.

now the only reason I'm here this long or I was willing to be patient with this company is because I need my experience so I can move on to someone better and, not only they have my stuff in Nashville and I'm here in Atlanta so I don't know what my next move should be. I'm being told that just moving on to another company isn't really going to change anything.

I could really use some guidance.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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No company will hire a R.S.O.

One of my classmates has a reckless driving conviction from 3 years ago and he was able to get in with Western Express.

From what I understood, a lot of smaller companies hire on a case-by-case basis for things like that. Roehl, for example, said they hire people with criminal backgrounds on a case-by-case...so does MCT.

Posted:  3 years, 6 months ago

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I'm quitting trucking

Fffff

I made $6,000 last year...not even enough to file taxes. And this guy's gonna complain about $1,000 a week.

This post makes me mad.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Sent home over Depression

the DR I saw seemed skiddish about everything.

Probably because he's a chiropractor.

He didn't want to make a judgement call.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Sent home over Depression

Then why he's not releasing my medical situation to even me is something I gotta deal with. I'll be talking to the VA on Monday to get this worked out.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Sent home over Depression

Djwaglmuffin, Your Doctor has all the information he needs to evaluate if you are capable of doing the job. It is his responsibility to evaluate you if he says otherwise he is wrong since he is your prescribing Doctor. My Doctor did not use an official form, he just needed to state if i was capable with medication to safely do the job.

I think I'm missing why he would say he can't say that. I kind of want to go to a new doctor anyway.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Sent home over Depression

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Been here for little while and if you look back, I was in talks with Roehl for employment and everything was good to go.

Or so I thought.

I disclosed on my medical card when I needed my permit that I have been diagnosed with depression. I had everything cleared by my Doctor and there were no problems. When I got to Wisconsin on Monday, they tell me that I need to do my physical again.

They took us to a Chiropractor's office, did my drug screens and then I saw the Doc. Again, since I told the Doctors about my depression before and I got the one year valid medical card (instead of two), I decided honesty was the best thing to do here. I told him I'm diagnosed with depression. Suddenly, he wants to know if I've ever attempted suicide, if I'm violent in any way, if I am cleared to drive a CMV, why am I not taking medication, etc. etc. But he doesn't want to hear any of that from me, he wants to hear it from my Doctor. He then gives me 2 post-it-notes of questions, no official forms or anything and I then spend the next two days on the phone with these Doctors trying to get the information he wanted only to be told that my psychiatrist can't disclose some of the information he wanted to know. Like the bits about suicide and whether or not I'd be safe driving a CMV.

Chiropractor says that it's Federal regulation and they need to know. Psychiatrist is confused as to why they immediately assumed I'm suicidal or have ever been suicidal, and can't disclose whether or not I'm safe to drive a CMV because he says this is something he can't attest to.

Then, I got the people at Roehl who don't even want to listen to my side of the story or have a conversation with me. Not once did anyone from safety or the trainers try to have an actual sit down to try and figure this out, nor, upon request, were they able to provide actual federal documents with these questions on it.

I try to come up with a solution "There's a hospital not even a mile from the hotel. Let me talk to the VA and see if they will help set me up with another psychiatrist and we can do a mental health fitness test or something and as part of the bargain, I will agree to submit to these like drug screens if employed."

I was shut down as soon as I said it.

Needless to say, at this point, I was fed up. NO official documents were requested, both Doctors refused to have a conversation with each other, Roehl refused to talk to me about any of this, I got one instructor who threw his hands in my face saying he doesn't want any details or information from me on what's going on...all of this was blood boiling.

OH, but it gets better:

Instructor says they will pay for the bus ticket home and pay me for the days I was actually there. He then hands me a card with $174 on it and information on when the next bus is landing in Tomah. I ask him if this was a receipt for the bus ticket and he says 'No, the money is on the card.'. So I ask "So, I'm the one paying for the ticket?" "No, we're paying for the ticket." "Okay, so where is that money?" "It's on the card." "So you're not paying me for the time I was here." So, the amount for the ticket back was actually $176.50, I could only withdraw $160 off the card and I paid for the rest of the ticket out of pocket.

He takes me back to the hotel and on the way back he tells me that 80% of veterans have to be sent back for one reason or another and he tried to throw all of the blame on the VA. This ****es me off even more. When I get out of the van to go get packed up, he says "If you get this straightened out, you can always come back."

I got two words: Fk. That.

As soon as I landed back at my apartment in Pittsburgh yesterday, I called Werner. Hopefully I'll hear back from them and hopefully I'll be able to get to work soon.

If ANYONE else has gone through something similar or has ideas or knows where I can documentation to close the gap between doctors, please!! I need your help.

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Hi djwaglmuffin, I have a learning disability, and i was not sure if i would be cleared to drive, so i went to my Doctor to get a clearance letter, just something saying that i was competent enough to do the job safely, i was honest and told the company Doctor, gave them my clearance letter the doctor then just asked if i was taking my meds and proceeded to pass me with no issues. Hope this helps Good luck :)

Like I said, though. My psych is telling me he can't say I can drive a CMV...he's hiding behind HIPPA. That's why I was looking for an official document or something he can fill out or even go to another doctor to get that letter taken care of.

And, Old School: Thanks for your information. I appreciate the support.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Sent home over Depression

Been here for little while and if you look back, I was in talks with Roehl for employment and everything was good to go.

Or so I thought.

I disclosed on my medical card when I needed my permit that I have been diagnosed with depression. I had everything cleared by my Doctor and there were no problems. When I got to Wisconsin on Monday, they tell me that I need to do my physical again.

They took us to a Chiropractor's office, did my drug screens and then I saw the Doc. Again, since I told the Doctors about my depression before and I got the one year valid medical card (instead of two), I decided honesty was the best thing to do here. I told him I'm diagnosed with depression. Suddenly, he wants to know if I've ever attempted suicide, if I'm violent in any way, if I am cleared to drive a CMV, why am I not taking medication, etc. etc. But he doesn't want to hear any of that from me, he wants to hear it from my Doctor. He then gives me 2 post-it-notes of questions, no official forms or anything and I then spend the next two days on the phone with these Doctors trying to get the information he wanted only to be told that my psychiatrist can't disclose some of the information he wanted to know. Like the bits about suicide and whether or not I'd be safe driving a CMV.

Chiropractor says that it's Federal regulation and they need to know. Psychiatrist is confused as to why they immediately assumed I'm suicidal or have ever been suicidal, and can't disclose whether or not I'm safe to drive a CMV because he says this is something he can't attest to.

Then, I got the people at Roehl who don't even want to listen to my side of the story or have a conversation with me. Not once did anyone from safety or the trainers try to have an actual sit down to try and figure this out, nor, upon request, were they able to provide actual federal documents with these questions on it.

I try to come up with a solution "There's a hospital not even a mile from the hotel. Let me talk to the VA and see if they will help set me up with another psychiatrist and we can do a mental health fitness test or something and as part of the bargain, I will agree to submit to these like drug screens if employed."

I was shut down as soon as I said it.

Needless to say, at this point, I was fed up. NO official documents were requested, both Doctors refused to have a conversation with each other, Roehl refused to talk to me about any of this, I got one instructor who threw his hands in my face saying he doesn't want any details or information from me on what's going on...all of this was blood boiling.

OH, but it gets better:

Instructor says they will pay for the bus ticket home and pay me for the days I was actually there. He then hands me a card with $174 on it and information on when the next bus is landing in Tomah. I ask him if this was a receipt for the bus ticket and he says 'No, the money is on the card.'. So I ask "So, I'm the one paying for the ticket?" "No, we're paying for the ticket." "Okay, so where is that money?" "It's on the card." "So you're not paying me for the time I was here." So, the amount for the ticket back was actually $176.50, I could only withdraw $160 off the card and I paid for the rest of the ticket out of pocket.

He takes me back to the hotel and on the way back he tells me that 80% of veterans have to be sent back for one reason or another and he tried to throw all of the blame on the VA. This ****es me off even more. When I get out of the van to go get packed up, he says "If you get this straightened out, you can always come back."

I got two words: Fk. That.

As soon as I landed back at my apartment in Pittsburgh yesterday, I called Werner. Hopefully I'll hear back from them and hopefully I'll be able to get to work soon.

If ANYONE else has gone through something similar or has ideas or knows where I can documentation to close the gap between doctors, please!! I need your help.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Automatics and DOT regs

All of my instructors found this claim to be somewhat confusing. As one explained "Sure, you could be fine out west and on the flatlands fine in an automatic, but the second you go into areas like, Pittsburgh for example, the transmission can't keep up with the driving conditions."

He thinks it's a silly thing to come from a recruiter.

Posted:  3 years, 7 months ago

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Automatics and DOT regs

I just got off the phone with a recruiter for COMCAR and he told me that DOT is going to be passing legislation (or influencing) saying that fleets have to run automatic transmissions? Standards are going away?

Something about standards being too difficult on drivers. Has anyone heard of this or is this just them talking? I find this confusing because I feel the opposite about standard transmissions: they tend to make me more aware of what's going on with the vehicle...(that's just me, though).

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Company Sponsored Training

Where did you hear Roehl pays vets more?

I start orientation on Monday and this was never mentioned at all.

False alarm. I thought I read this on their website, but it only pertains to the OJT that you can apply to if you have your GI Bill. I did make sure to ask her this today...

Anyway, the 75K mile contract comes with a "longevity bonus" at about $1500 that you should get within 4 months. If you have other questions about this, I highly suggest you get in touch with someone at the office and I have to note, a commitment like this doesn't seem that bad. I know some people are concerned about contracts, but it makes sense. Why invest in someone if they are just going to ditch in a few months? Of all the starter companies, Rohel is definitely my favorite. Plus big red trucks.

They pay practical miles, not straight line. They have multiple divisions to choose from: flatbed, Dry-Van, Reefer, Tankers and according to the recruiter, they don't seem to have a problem with moving you around. Say, if, you want to do flatbed over the summer and reefer over the winter, they seem cool with that.

Benefits: Blue Cross/Blue shield, retirement plans, increases in pay are 3, 6, and 9 months. They have "golden areas", such as New York and other complicated cities to drive though. They promote (increase in pay) based on performance. They have different on/off day packages to choose from, plus, if you're like me, they also allow you just stay OTR as long as you want. They don't seem to care where you take your resets.

Liberal rider policy (anyone over the age of 10), dog and cat policies, most of their trucks are 2015's or newer. She did say they have some older ones and they do have automatics if that's what you prefer.

I forgot to ask her if they have a policy that say that female trainees must pair up with female trainers or if that doesn't matter. I've noticed some of the companies I've been looking into have that in place.

Anyway, I'm pretty impressed with them...

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Company Sponsored Training

Yes, please post and let me know what they say. I really do like what I see on their website. However the website says 120k miles, so 75k is even better

I know that the 75k is for those with CDL's coming into the company. Pretty much all we need is to do orientation and then get assigned our trainers.

Do you have anything specific you want to know? I'll be sure to add it to the list. They're my first choice and, if we both go with them maybe we'll see each other! :D

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Roehl Company Sponsored Training

I also came here looking for information on Roehl.

What's happening?!

Also, I know about the 75Kmile contract. Is that really so bad? I talk to them tomorrow; if I learn anything interesting about them or anything that separates them from the other major carriers, I'll be sure to post it. Also, I know they start veterans out at a higher cpm than other new drivers. That's a plus, right?

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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Experiences, experiences...

A few useful keywords to help you all get started and so that it's easier to find:

I am going to All-State Career school in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

It's important to note that, if you're in PA and plan on getting your CDL, that PA's permit criteria has CHANGED as of December 21st, 2015. When I got mine a couple of weeks ago, I was grandfathered into the old system which rendered my permit valid for ONE year after the issue date and I don't think I would have had to retake any portion of the test, just any that I may have failed. Now, the permits are valid for 6 months and you have to retake all portions of the test, not just the ones you failed. I'm still getting all the details. I will post as I learn them.

As for training: I am actually surprised at the progress I, and my other classmates, have made in such a short time. I am in the PREP class, which is 30 days, (172 hours). We received a week and a half of class time going over: PA's CDL manual (General knowledge, Air Brakes and Combination), the SMITH system, Hours of service, Defensive driving overview, trailer awareness, etc. The rest of the course will be outside learning: Shifting, straight-line backing, offset backing, parallel parking and 90 degree alley dock. We will be tested on the road and skills, after which we will receive our Licenses.

If you intend on going to All-state, you will be required to go to every recruiter presentation (I got a hat from MCT!), but this is a good thing, I think. Make sure you have your questions ready and don't be afraid to ask them questions, even if you think it may be dumb. Someone else may have the same questions.

As for me, our first day in the trucks was on Friday. I did pretty good considering I'd never driven one before..learning how to turn and back with the trailer, I think, will be my biggest challenge but it's only day one so, we'll see.

The companies I have my eyes on are: MCT (Comcar), Steven's and Roehl. All 3 of them seem to be on board with my current life goals and have no problem with the idea of me just staying out as long as I want/need as long as I take my resets when I'm supposed to. They also don't seem to care WHERE I take my reset, which is nice considering I could be x-amount of miles away from Pittsburgh. Me not needing/wanting home time seems to have made me somewhat of a golden child..for the moment. I'll be making my decision this week as for which carrier I'll end up with. On that note, I could always use ideas, but whatever happens, I hope to be in training, hopefully, the second week of January.

:)

Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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I gotta know, current drivers that were prior US Navy????

NMCB 133 right here, yo!

Steelworkers for life!

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Posted:  3 years, 8 months ago

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What did you do before becoming a truck driver?

Sitting around, staring at my wall. Also, I worked at REI.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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So, about that truck driver shortage ...

I can't help but think how real this shortage is everytime I recall back to when I'd drive through numerous truck stops and rest areas that were so packed you could hardly drive around looking for a space, if you even bothered to do so. Overfull truck stops and rest areas usually made me think different.

I'm pretty sure full parking areas can't be used as an accurate assessment of how many drivers there are to goods and services needing to be shipped...

On that note, I am hearing a lot about how some areas (North Carolina jumps to mind) that is making is illegal in some parts of the state for truckers to park or idle...? These efforts were apparently lobbied by small business interests and...as the saying goes "Money talks and BS walks."

Now, as far as what I've been told by a few recruiters at a few of the carriers I've been in talks with, they said that there are drivers, but most of them want to stay in regional or local jobs, so that's become an issue. There was an also an issue (as per a few articles I read at a job fair) where lots of people are apparently applying, but they're not qualified for one reason or another.

I don't know much about the owner-operator side of things or as far as smaller carriers. Maybe our more experienced counterparts could shed some light.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Winter Driving

Actually...

My mom and grandmother (both truckers) told me to beware of black ice. I don't suppose anyone knows of a way to spot it before it becomes trouble or any particular areas where it is prone to show up.

I understand it's called black ice for a reason but...still. Figured I'd ask.

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Naked Trucker Man

Daw.

You're such a prude, it's so cute. :D

Posted:  3 years, 9 months ago

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Anti-Depressants

I am currently working with an OVR that has approved funding to get my CDL.

A forum post has be wondering about this and I plan on asking carriers the questions as well: Has anyone had trouble finding work because of anti-depressants. In order for me to receive this funding, I have to be receiving treatment...which, at the moment is meds. I would rather not take them but, they want me feeling better, along with getting a new job and move up with my life and all that fun stuff.

Getting a letter from my doctor shouldn't be an issue if this would help me secure a job...does anyone know anything about this?

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