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    Grand Island, NY

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    3 years, 5 months ago

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Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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The importance of three points of contact

That is exactly what happened to me. I think my shoe got jammed somehow because I had to lift myself up with my arms to get my foot off the top step. Maybe that’s why my foot broke.

It happened so fast and I was in massive pain so everything is kind of hazy to be honest.

But I should hopefully be cleared Wednesday at my doctor appointment and head to Wisconsin on Saturday to road test on Monday.

If we are out of work more than 30 days we have to do a road and skills test just like a new driver before we can get back behind the wheel

Hopefully you get better soon!

When I was in CDL school it was raining one day and I ended up slipping getting into the passenger side, had one leg on the top step and the other on the ground. Luckily I didn't get hurt just bruised my ego since another student had to help me.

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Sleeper Berth...on a customer site?

I could be wrong, but I think oilfield drivers do have some exceptions but no idea if they are specific to hours of service

FMCSA site will be a good resource for you

Thanks for all of the resources, y'all are great! I am a safety assistant, one task is reviewing all driver logs and oh boy...the different situations that pop up. Also our loads are all primarily over sized, we also have some in the oilfields so its been interesting trying to learn and navigate all of these variables and permit restrictions. It's great though!

Thanks again for the warm welcome :)

Posted:  2 weeks, 6 days ago

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The importance of three points of contact

Thanks everyone. Yeah even with three points of contact I was injured.

I tried the facing out thing as a trainee. Slid down on my back. You’ll only make that mistake once.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Bison USA acquires Hartt Transport.

They bought HOW right when I started January 2019, they had already bought Britton Transport before then.

Herb is alive and kicking, I saw pictures of him at the terminal on his 109th birthday.

I know Bison acquired HOW in Wisconsin recently. I Think Bison is growing aggressively.

Just a side note, Mr. HO Woulding turned 109 last year and seems to be in good health. Heck, I’m 69 and he may out live me.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Bison USA acquires Hartt Transport.

Bison USA acquired Hartt

Bison Transport (CCJ Top 250, No. 52) rang in the new year with the acquisition of Bangor, Maine-based Hartt Transportation (No. 187).

Among the largest truckload carriers in the Northeastern U.S., Hartt's fleet includes more than 360 tractors and 2,100 trailers, along with a brokerage arm.

The acquisition comes a year to the day that Bison Transport was acquired by James Richardson & Sons (JRSL).

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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The importance of three points of contact

I thought I had posted my current situation but I don’t see it.

Climbing down from the cab, using three points of contact, my left foot slipped off the bottom step, leaving my leg at a 90 degree angle to my hip with my right foot on the top step. My weight ripped my hold loose from the left grab bar. There was dense fog, which left the step just wet enough to be slick.

My right ankle is held together by plates and screws, having been completely broken 4 years ago. trimalleolar fracture For the curious.

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I thought for sure I had rebroken it.

I was in Fultonville NY, headed to Wilton NY to drop and hook, then drop and hook at Amsterdam, then unload at Niagara Falls and go home.

I dragged myself up and over my seat and into the bunk using my arms. Got my shoe off and decided my ankle was ok, and my foot was probably sprained.

Called the injury in as soon as the company opened by the way.

Continued on my way to Wilton. When I got down, I started to worry. I had to hop to the landing gear to unhook and hook in immense pain. At Amsterdam I had to also slide my tandems which almost had me in tears. By this time there was no doubt my foot was broken. I had been driving all morning by cruise and braking with left foot but every bump was excruciating.

I got to Batavia and knew there was no way I would be able to deliver. I called my dispatcher and told them I was going to have to T Call the load at our drop lot and go home and then to the hospital. No problem as it was just a scrap cardboard load.

Parked in my driveway and crawled upstairs and dug out my crutches. Hospital said it was just sprained and to follow up with my doctor. My doctor told me to follow up with an orthopedic doctor, who showed me my X-rays (he was my wife’s ortho and a great guy) and asked if I saw the fracture. Easily spotted three broken metatarsals, the bones between your toes and ankle.

So I have been at home on comp since 10/29. Saw him today and no longer have to wear a boot and if everything is still good at next appointment on 1/12, he will release me to go back to work on 1/17.

It has been a long journey and extremely boring. Be wary of wet steps, even if you do everything correctly, things can turn to ****e quickly.

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Getting the family jewels comfortable

I wear boxer briefs, jeans at least a size too big, and suspenders. Belt starts to slice me in half after a few hours.

In summer, I wear nylon running shorts.

Yes, crushed nuts are a problem, especially as you get older. Lol

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Do People Still Cheat Logs Now That They're Electronic?

I met a guy at a receiver who told me his company routinely had him unplugging his ELD

Posted:  3 weeks ago

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Copart??

Cop art is a nationwide auction handling wrecked vehicles of all kinds.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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My New Gig

Congratulations

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Police called at consignee

I thought Landstar was all O/O, and if so why would he need permission from any company?

If asked to leave by the property owner, I can only use PC if I am delayed by the shipper/receiver, so getting there after hours with no time on my clock would require me to violate HOS, PC would not be allowed (I could use PC, but safety would overrule me and change it to drive time when they saw it). In that case, I would have asked the property owner to call the police, making sure they understood I was not refusing to leave, but need law enforcement to tell me to leave so I could violate HOS. Annotate logs as "required to move by LEO", and proceed to nearest safe parking.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Trucking Life 2.0 - Living It, Loving It!

Glad to hear you are back on the road.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Hours of service rules

Don’t forget that 30 minutes of on duty time now counts as a 30 minute break.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Another Round of "Is it legal"

. Try to recognize the fact that you may not be able to make the turn before actually pulling into the intersection. Do the right thing.

This.

Always be sure you can make a turn before you start it, u less it is physically impossible. And if it is impossible, then get out and walk to look if that is possible.

And to answer Bruce’s next question, I have had it happen a few times a year. Driving in the northeast, construction zones are tight.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Log book quiz

I wasn’t going to respond to this, but since you clearly felt the need to point that toward me:

You are a moderator. This site is supposedly to teach younger drivers.

The example you gave is clearly not legal. The fact that your company tells you to log it that way does not change that fact. Even never being cited doesn’t change that fact. You could get away with something trivial like that for years until you meet an officer in a bad mood, or strictly enforcing rules.

I don’t think it is responsible to say that something specifically noted as not legal as being proper to drivers who look to more experienced drivers here for guidance.

I just talked to a guy the other night whose company told him to log 90 miles under load as PC to save his clock. Also to unplug it after running out of hours to get back to their terminal. That certainly didn’t make it legal.

As you said, I’m done responding as well. Have a nice day.

I will not post any future responses to compliance, laws, or enforcement questions because invariably, someone has to be "more correct" than my answers. Extreme response? Oh well. At nearly 66, I don't need to use up the remaining time on Earth unnecessarily.

If I ever receive ANY violation citation or warning dealing with equipment, logs, or HOS, I'll post it ASAP to show my error.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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HOS Rules; New 8/2 or 7/3 Split

I use it when it benefits me.

Here is just one example. I stopped and took a shower, had lunch, and took a 45 minute nap. Waited for the clock to hit 2 hours off duty and rolled.

Got to the receiver and ran my clock out getting unloaded (I’m hourly, so I am on duty) and finally at 2 am I was able to go park. My company limits PC to 20 minutes/25 miles, and while I have gone 45 minutes, they frown on it. So I pulled down to the lower dirt lot at Westrock in Solvay and went to sleep.

Got up at 8 and had breakfast, and by 10 am, I had run out of smokes. But since I had been in sleeper berth for 8 hours, I ran to the Waterloo Petro, went off duty for 2 hours (and back to sleep), got up with a full clock minus the 45 minutes driven and rolled home.

I have also used it when I could not get a full 10 in and still make my appointment. I was about 15 minutes shy. So I got 8, rolled to the customer, went to sleep until my appointment time, crept over off duty, and started my clock when the 2 hours was up, which was only a few minutes, after creeping over.

Learn to use the split berth. There are many times it will help you manage your clock to your advantage

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Log book quiz

May a driver, who drops his or her last load at a receiver’s facility use personal conveyance to return to their normal work location (i.e. home or terminal?)

No. Returning home or to the terminal from a dispatched trip is a continuation of the trip, and therefore cannot be considered personal conveyance.

It may simply be company policy that I can only use it after running out of time at a shipper/ receiver, but the above rule seems pretty clear about going from a customer home or to the terminal.

PC is Personal use, not related to company specific business or activities.

I always start and end at the same location (the Walmart DC), and I'm never under a load or dispatched.

This is what Personal Conveyance was created for.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Pre-trip and HOS

There is no actual length of time required as far as I’m aware.

My company requires 5 minutes pretrip and 10 minutes post trip. But as far as I’m aware there is no set time from FMCSA.

I’m pretty sure I read on some trucking legal page there is no requirement to do an actual pretrip or post trip, just that your equipment has to be serviceable. I have no idea how that works or even if it is accurate.

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If DOT inspects your logs and you go straight to drive everyday, it'll open some cans you don't want opened.

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I know that these 15 minutes have to be logged, so when I wake up, I do my pre-trip off the clock, then log in and do whatever has to be done - bathroom, fixing a bottle of water, finding audiobooks for the day and so on. Once 15 minutes are logged, I hit the road.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Log book quiz

I don’t see how this is not a violation.

PC is only for when you run out of time, and the rule specifically mentions not using it to return to the terminal.

I use PC probably three to five days a week in Cheyenne. I'm usually going bobtail from the DC to the terminal, from the DC to the closest WM store for shopping, or returning from either to the DC. My 10 hour break is calculated from the time I complete my drop upon returning to the DC from over the road.

I notate my log as, " Drive from the DC to the terminal" before I begin. Once there, I again notate on my log notes, "Parked at the terminal", and I put myself back to an Off Duty status. Once I depart, I log these same notations in reverse order. I have never been required by the company to restart a 10 hour break if I utilize a PC move during these time periods.

Each company will have their own policies, and these may differ. A company can add stipulations, but cannot change an FMCSA ruling or policy without an exemption.

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