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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 years, 5 months ago

PackRat's Bio

I'm a rookie.

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Posted:  7 hours, 26 minutes ago

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Load boards recommendation

Yeah...there are O/O here.

Posted:  11 hours, 56 minutes ago

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CO CMV Interstate "Crackdown" rest of May

Colorado-fornia.

Posted:  12 hours, 11 minutes ago

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CO CMV Interstate "Crackdown" rest of May

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And I just read that the one that caused the whole mess made his $400,000 bond on Saturday night and was released. He made the money needed through online donations. He is charged with 40 felonies and gets out on bail. Guilty until proven innocent, but this is a bit much for me.

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And if the NHTSA investigation finds there were no mechanical defects that contributed to this, and if was all driver error - he'll end up doing time for this (if he doesn't jump bail and go south of the border). Little has been said about his country of origin (just that his english was poor) and his immigration status (which would have to be a green card at minimum) - so getting out of dodge is not out of the question for this guy. Especially if his logs weren't squeaky clean. The company could end also up with some additional liability, if their maintenance records for this rig fell short.

None of this helps with the public perception that drivers are all callous brutes who care little about the motoring public.

Any way you slice it, Colorado sees this stretch of road as problematic, especially since traffic tends to get stop-n-go at this location. Safe conscientious drivers aren't going to have too much of a problem with this enforcement action - others are going to get hammered hard to show the public something is being done about the problem.

Rick

That was what I was getting at when I questioned this idiot judge granting bail.

Posted:  12 hours, 15 minutes ago

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What happens to your license if you get an ELD violation?

I am not 100% sure how many "drivers license points" would go on for an ELD violation. Depends on what the LEO wrote the driver for. But the buy moving the truck that was put OOS would be a 6 month suspension if the got caught. Assuming his paper logs were 100% in order, he may not have gotten written for an HOS violation, even though he was put OOS.

As discussed in the other thread - the company is putting themselves and their drivers livelihood at risk by forcing the trucks on the road out of compliance. If a serious accident should occur, the lability alone could put them out of business, and the driver in jail.

Folks here are ragging on the company, because if they are that callous about breaking the rules, one has to wonder where else they are slacking as for as safety/maintenance/etc.

Rick

Exactly. Too many other trucking companies out here that DO give a s#@* about the employees.

Posted:  14 hours, 4 minutes ago

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Recap Question

I know, so I was just joking around with you. Did you make the delivery?

Posted:  14 hours, 6 minutes ago

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Need Advice on Medications

I have no idea if that would show up on a urinalysis or a hair follicle test. Some drugs take longer periods of time to be flushed from your body. It may only be hours, while others can be several months. A bigger issue is the fact that you must disclose all medications and supplements that you are currently, or recently, prescribed or taking. I do not see you getting a waiver or an antidepressant, but I’m not an authority on medical issues. Another thing is that each company will have their own hiring conditions concerning meds, and policies will vary.

Posted:  22 hours, 20 minutes ago

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First Inspection

Nope. First, the company is doing him a favor with giving a bonus for an inspection on their truck. He cashes in on that one. Next, he finds out he can get more free money, so he lies to the DOT for another “first inspection”, gets greedy and sends that one in, too. This ruins it for everyone else. Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered.

Posted:  22 hours, 32 minutes ago

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Need Advice on Medications

Antidepressants for jaw pain? Ever try Advil or extra strength Tylenol?

Posted:  23 hours, 26 minutes ago

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First Inspection

That clown sounds like a real asset. I would have fired him.

Posted:  23 hours, 31 minutes ago

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New Driver. Needs Help

Sleep as much as you can when you can during your break, but also rest at other times, too. Waiting for a dispatch, waiting to get unloaded, etc. It will take many months for your body and mind to get the hang of sitting and driving for these extended hours that we are required out here.

Posted:  23 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Need Advice on Medications

Sounds to me like this guy’s “M.D.” should stand for “ Make Dollars”. I don’t think he has your best interests in mind, obviously. Get another doctor tomorrow. Once you do, explain the concerns and see what he advises. If you’re on a prohibitive medication without a doctors note as to why, you’re playing with fire in that if it is in fact discovered during a pre-employment drug screening, you will be nearly undesirable to any company. A failed drug test is the kiss of death. Talk with recruiters and see what they have to say about this particular medicine. High-octane ain’t killers generally do not mix well at all with a CDL or a medical certification card.

Posted:  23 hours, 44 minutes ago

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Can "Mere Mortals" Do Well (Even Excel) At Trucking?

No.

Posted:  23 hours, 46 minutes ago

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Recap Question

Yes, you’ll get them back, as Sid posted. Yes, it is silly, RD. It is a great teachable moment, though.smile.gif

Posted:  23 hours, 50 minutes ago

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CO CMV Interstate "Crackdown" rest of May

And I just read that the one that caused the whole mess made his $400,000 bond on Saturday night and was released. He made the money needed through online donations. He is charged with 40 felonies and gets out on bail. Guilty until proven innocent, but this is a bit much for me.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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First Inspection

Some companies pay a “clean inspection bonus”. The higher the inspection level, the more you make for no discrepancies.

Posted:  1 day, 6 hours ago

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What happens to your license if you get an ELD violation?

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I’d recommend both you and the other driver leave that circus pronto.

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Well from what I can find on the internet the other driver may be done for awhile!

My point exactly. Did the company suddenly shut down after they screwed over their employee? Did they give a hoot that they were the leading cause? Will they do it again?

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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Foot cramps

I’ve been taking a 400 mg magnesium tablet each day for years and haven’t had any muscle cramps since I began.

Posted:  1 day, 8 hours ago

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What happens to your license if you get an ELD violation?

I’d recommend both you and the other driver leave that circus pronto.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules

Plenty of citizens here that can barely speak English, too. I don’t get hung up on the language barrier anymore after visiting 59 foreign countries where, for the vast majority, I didn’t speak their language. That definitely made me the outsider.

Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Schneider CDL Apprenticeship Program

That’s good news! Find the segment that suits your needs and be a success at it. It doesn’t get better than that.smile.gif

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