Damage On Truck. I Am Fine With The Truck Just Do Not Want To Be Blamed.

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Kris F.'s Comment
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It might sound silly but i have a question. I do not want to be blamed for all the damage on this truck what should i do to protect myself? I got a truck today with alot of different damage and a missing catwalk light. qualcom wire is damaged. Hole in floor, fiberglass damage on passenger side by headlight and tire well, Damaged steps on both sides, Fifth wheel release arm really loose, Engine light on, PM light on. Catwalk handrail damaged, bunk heater vent broken and duck taped. I took it to service for the PM.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Got a truck to drive? But all that damage already? Take the list you just made to the truck-issuing office. If that's the condition of the truck when you got it, it won't be in you. But also, depending on what the issuing office says, expect to get that info the shop ASAP. Try not to go anywhere with that truck until it gets fixed.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Steve L.'s Comment
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Got a truck to drive? But all that damage already? Take the list you just made to the truck-issuing office. If that's the condition of the truck when you got it, it won't be in you. But also, depending on what the issuing office says, expect to get that info the shop ASAP. Try not to go anywhere with that truck until it gets fixed.

100% agree with Erol.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Take pictures! That's the biggie. And make sure your phone's camera is set to record the date and location of the photos so you know where and when it was taken. In fact, try to get some buildings or landmarks or something in the picture so it shows you were at the terminal or in front of the shop when they were taken.

Take pictures and like Errol said make sure there's paperwork showing you inspected the truck and recorded all the damage.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kris F.'s Comment
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Ok i got it in for a pm right now should be done tommorow. hopefully everything will be fixed. Thanks Errol V. and Steve L.

Kris F.'s Comment
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Ok thanks Brett, i appreciate the help.

Old School's Comment
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Kris, they should have a form that you fill out so you can indicate the existing damages on the truck when it was issued to you. Ask your Driver manager for one, or get him to tell you who you need to speak with to get one. I've always had to fill one of those out each time I've been issued a truck.

Driver Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kris F.'s Comment
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Ok thanks Old School.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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Everything thats been said about documenting the cosmetic damage needs to done of course, I would add on your first Pre/trip before you drive it, that you make sure there arn't any Safety problems or things that wouldn't pass a DOT inspection. Document everything on your Pretrip form, get the problems fixed before you hit the road or else your name will be on the CSA score.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Frances F.'s Comment
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It might sound silly but i have a question. I do not want to be blamed for all the damage on this truck what should i do to protect myself? I got a truck today with alot of different damage and a missing catwalk light. qualcom wire is damaged. Hole in floor, fiberglass damage on passenger side by headlight and tire well, Damaged steps on both sides, Fifth wheel release arm really loose, Engine light on, PM light on. Catwalk handrail damaged, bunk heater vent broken and duck taped. I took it to service for the PM.

so, my question is what if damage is done to the trailer and you don't know who did it....my friend was sleeping when it happen and the trailer was unhooked. He was told to go unhook truck and move, they would let him know when loaded.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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