Profile For Edward R.

Edward R.'s Info

  • Location:
    Morton but wish I were in Tennessee, MS

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

  • Social Link:
    Edward R. On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 9 months ago

Edward R.'s Bio

Started in this business in 1986. No CDL,no CSA, no reporting between the states. A/C in half the trucks didn't work, 4 1/4 CAT was the boss of the highway. Stole still bragged about pulling Mount Eagle at 45mph full loaded. You could still sleep with you windows down and hookers only bothered you if you were awake. DOT focused on the clearance light you had that didn't work and left you alone about the rest. Of course we intentionally left one out because it always seemed to satisfy them when they discovered it. Nothing like watching a DOT cop get giddy because he didn't have to climb under your truck to find a violation. Calling cards were scarce, pay phones were in short supply and when they invented cordless phones and you could sit down and order a meal while talking to the wife and kids that we the greatest thing ever. You could now grab a shower then go sit down and call dispatch and then call home and not have anyone rushing you do they could have the booth!!! Some places, mostly on Florida still had military showers. Private showers were a luxury. FlyingJ had the best fuel and better still NO COMDATA. Some of you know what I mean by that. We could rest when we needed it, eat full meals that were home cooked and flirt with the waitress because she knew most of us were harmless anyway, like the dog that chased the car, once we caught her we knew we couldn't drive her but it was fun chasing it. That's about it, owned many trucks some good and some bad. Never saw a safety man I liked and never heard any say I was there favorite.

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Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Asked To Leave The Facility

Daniel, nothing is wrong with it. Nothing at all. But this lifestyle is a lot like biker "clubs" . We aren't all the same, you know that. Don't read too much into that statement.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Asked To Leave The Facility

I'm sorry, I should have said this before.. I did talk to security before they unloaded me. The response was vague and to tell the truth the delay was not expected. But it happened. All I'm saying is that when it did occur they could have let me stay the 2.5 hours I needed in order to be"legal". I started my 8 about 45 minutes into the delay which is why I only need about 2.5 hours. Not a hazmat, just wanted the extra time so I could get to the tank wash tonight and get a full break in before loading in the morning. No big deal, it's going to work out. P.S. Thanks for letting me join, probably won't comment much or post anything else but your page has good info. Thanks again.

Posted:  5 years, 9 months ago

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Asked To Leave The Facility

Well, it finally happened. After 31 years in the business I have been asked to leave a facility... Even though I have no hours to do so.

After arriving at Ingevity in North Charleston SC and being held up for 5 hours before unloading, I ran out of hours to drive. Soooooooo, I only needed about 2.5 hours to complete an 8 hour break, huge parking lot I figured I would be ok. Wrong. The traffic supervisor informed me that I "should have left earlier that way I would have the hours to leave". I told her that I had 5 hours to drive and 5.5 hours on my 14 upon arriving at their facility and that was burned up after they took 5.5 hours to get me unloaded, also informed her that I did "leave early". So I'm sitting on the side of the road outside the plant until I gain the hours to roll on.

I understand the "safe Haven" rule, I also understand that it's a judgement call for LEO's and God forbid anything should happen, a godsend for any lawyer/attorney. So here I sit, waiting, with the knowledge that they ordered the product and I delivered it on time and I was very patient while they took 5.5 hours to unload. Never once did I go full trucker,31 years, almost 3 million miles, never been asked to leave a site before.

I don't blame the E-logs, nor do I blame dispatch,I gave myself plenty of time, got here safely, had hours, I blame the tinfoil hat wearing lobbyist in Washington and the folks that came up with the technology to create these situations. I blame the sales person that sold companies on the idea that this (ELOGS and Dashcams) would protect their interest(money). I blame the insurance companies for giving in and settling lawsuits and not standing up for us, I blame the trucking industry in whole for believing it would be better to pay off the DRUNK SOB that hit the truck rather bringing a counter suit. Yep, we've done this to ourselves.

The people in Washington and the liberal left want the U.S. trucking industry to more like the European countries. They think we should be fit and polished and only work 8-5 Monday thru Friday..... I've ranted enough. Truckin'up. Thanks for reading, Mr.Ed and I'm going back quiet.

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