Roehl Transport

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Blessed 58's Comment
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BEWARE to all lady drivers looking to start at Roehl Transport!!! !! They do not disclose that all females who sign their pre hire agreement to drive 75,000 miles for them if hired will be issued trucks with 3 cameras in them and a microphone One facing outward which is no big deal for law suit purposes involving crazy drivers. But. The other 2 and the microphone is inside of the cab. One is less than 3 feet from the drivers face, facing them and the other one completely shows every inch of your private sleeping area and the microphone records anything you say even your personal phone calls to your family members. If the lights are on to each piece even of the unit they are recording. They stay on even if your key is turned off. And if you have your optimized idle set they are on and recording 24 hours 7 days a week. The company tells you no they only record if you hit a bump to trigger them or if you turn. It's false they record every minute of every day. The men are not issued trucks with cameras in them. What men that I have questioned personally myself have said no they were not issued trucks with cameras and what few said that the truck had a camera in it said they refused to take the truck until it was taken out! So ladies please do not tolerate this gender treatment. I have gone through he'll with this company due to their non disclosure about not getting,long ladies that you would be required to be under surveillance before you sign their contract with the company to drive 75,000 miles for the company. That is not right to not have full disclosure before signing their commitment agreement with the company!!! !!

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Blessed 58's Comment
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As a lady driver I went through 2 years researching to find what I thought to be the right company to start with but turned out to be wrong. I had several pre hire consultations and read all pre hire requirements and read the pre hire contract agreement with Roehl Transport and at no time and at in no pre hire contract does it ever say anything about. Cameras ever used within the company in certain trucks. So beware of non disclosure before signing the pre hire contract letter to drive 75,000 miles for them. Especially directed to lady drivers.

Pre Hire:

What Exactly Is A Pre-Hire Letter?

Pre-hire letters are acceptance letters from trucking companies to students, or even potential students, to verify placement. The trucking companies are saying in writing that the student, or potential student, appears to meet the company's minimum hiring requirements and is welcome to attend their orientation at the company’s expense once he or she graduates from truck driving school and has their CDL in hand.

We have an excellent article that will help you Understand The Pre-Hire Process.

A Pre-Hire Letter Is Not A Guarantee Of Employment

The people that receive a pre-hire letter are people who meet the company's minimum hiring requirements, but it is not an employment contract. It is an invitation to orientation, and the orientation itself is a prerequisite to employment.

During the orientation you will get a physical, drug screen, and background check done. These and other qualifications must be met before someone in orientation is officially hired.

Lil's Comment
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Wow, that is awful . I can't believe that a company like Roehl would do that. I could see CRST after all their sex scandals, but not Roehl. I'm shocked and sadly reminded that women may face more adversity then men. This is disgusting!!!! Thanks for sharing your story. Roehl was one of my top choices when I finish school, but I will not go with any company that has cameras that face the sleeping area.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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The inward facing cameras don't bother me. I went with TransAm who uses them and the driver who came and talked to our school says that he puts a hat over his when he's not driving.

Look at it this way: Roehl or TransAm or any other company that uses inward facing cameras have pretty large fleets. Just for example say they have 100 trucks with cameras. There is no possible way that they could be storing ALL of the video they record in those trucks. There is no storage capabilities for that much data! You are talking hundreds of terabytes of data. Not gigabytes but terabytes! Average cell phone plans only use 6-10 gigs of data and that is a lot! Anyway, these cameras are set to only store information when triggered by an accident or incident (this could hard braking or taking a turn too fast or something of that sort). I don't know for 100% sure so don't quote me but I don't believe these cameras are set up for sound either.

I also can't believe that Roehl would target only their female drivers. They are an outstanding company and doing something like that could make them liable for a massive discrimination lawsuit. Talking to a few make drivers is no way an accurate representation of the company as a whole. Instead of spreading potentially false information and turning people away from a great company, how about talking to someone in management or getting a better picture of the situation?

For the record Roehl was one of my top picks and my recruiter told me upfront about the cameras. The only reason I didn't go with them is because I couldn't take a rider for 6 months after soloing out. That just wasn't going to work for me.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Blessed 58's Comment
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I have got to know Roehl Transport extremly, well since November! I have also researched the brand of cameras. When a fleet manager says I was looking at one of your video clips and I can hear your engine running. Now they can not hear your motor running if there is no microphone. So yes they do have a microphone in them. You have no privacy. Even if your key is turned off they stay on all the time and they do not just record when you have an accident or turn to fast. When you visit the main terminals several times and only see less than 4 female drivers amongst hundreds of males and you see drivers leaving left and right and drivers commenting that they are so glad to be done with the75,000 mile contract they make you sign and leave right after that, believe me it's not such a great company as you seem to think. You will change your mind if you work for them. I'm soooo glad to have completed my 75000 miles and be done with them. Always asking you after 4or 5 days past why did you use your brakes always asking you to explain your every move or decision after that much time passes no matter how clean of a driving record you have and no matter if you have no incidents or accidents. It gets old very quick. Good luck to anyone you that want to try it with them. Just putting all info out there so you can really decide before signing their contract.

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.

Fleet 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.
Hrynn's Comment
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I am a woman that has been driving for Roehl for over a year. For those that are worried reading this post and rethinking Roehl as an option, please know that this is not the norm.

I have had two trucks in my time with this company and neither have had a camera. I have several lady friends I have met in my time here, all without cameras in their trucks. Roehl is NOT, I repeat NOT, targeting women with the cameras. The office staff is not trying to spy on your lady bits and private conversations. That part of the ops story is just plain untrue.

That said, a small percentage of the company's trucks are equipped with cameras. Driver facing cameras are a hot button issue in the industry and a lot of people are vehemently against them regardless of the circumstances. If you know going in that cameras are a major concern for you, I encourage you to talk to your recruiter, whichever company you are looking at, about that possiblility. There are curtains between the driving area and the sleeping area of the cab. If you are concerned about cameras facing the sleeper, close the curtains and problem solved. Or as an earlier response suggested, cover the cameras when you are off duty for the day.

Roehl is buying some new trucks already equipped with cameras. They will also install cameras in a truck if the driver has been having to many registered hard brakes and stability events so that they can help that driver improve. Problem is, when that driver leaves the company they don't remove a camera they have already installed so whoever gets issued that particular truck next will have to live with it whether they have a perfect safety record or not. MOST OF THE TRUCKS DO NOT HAVE THEM THOUGH. It really seems to be luck of the draw who ends up with cameras and who doesn't.

I am happy at Roehl, but I understand if the possiblity of cameras will deter some female drivers. I personally do not find them that disconcerting. Ask your recruiter specific questions about this issue if it is a concern. Good luck to all those looking to get into the industry regardless of which company you end up choosing.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

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.

Lil's Comment
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Hyrnn, It's good to read another perspective of Roehl and that you're having positive experiences with them. You make a great point about talking with recruiters. Schneider is still my top choice, although a lot can happen once I finish school. I appreciate your input.

Blessed 58's Comment
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Hyrnn since you are a rare commodity being a female at Roehl who somehow did not get a camera truck you can never know how it feels to have a camera less than 3 ft from your face all day and another one less than 9 feet from your private living space so you can not relate at all. Your whole inside the cab is your living space and should never have to hide behind a curtain in a clusterphobic tiny space. Oh and with microphone so until you experience this you can not relate. It's extremely easy to say oh it wouldn't make a difference. You would never know how it feels until it happens to you!!

Hrynn's Comment
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You are right that I don't know how it feels and I am sorry for not being more sympathetic. But you are misinforming people when you say roehl is targeting the women. That is not true. I'm sorry you had to go through an unpleasant experience and I hope you have more luck with your next employer. Anyway, I've said my piece. Stay safe.

Blessed 58's Comment
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So I will rephrase my statement. What few female drivers I saw I asked them if they were issued a truck with cameras in them and they all said yes. And I will leave it at that.

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