Do You Think Werner Will Fire Me?

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Kash's Comment
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So basically I picked my girlfriend up in Colorado this morning before heading over to the Denver terminal , security guard asked me if I had a pass for her and I wasn't aware of that. Now I'm on hold and have to explain to safety what happened and hope they don't fire me, I had to put my girlfriend in a hotel down the street and I can't leave Werner property or they fire me on the spot. If they don't fire me, I have to get a permit for her as a passenger tomorrow, any idea how long that takes? We both are far from home and I can't pay for a hotel for the next week

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.

Rick S.'s Comment
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So you are saying you took on your gf as a passenger - without permission?

Would be surprised if they didn't can you.

As with everything else - it's a liability issue.

Many companies - you pay a small fee to have a rider - this is to cover the BODILY INJURY/PIP that has to be added to cover them (the company and the rider).

You get in an accident and the GF gets injured or worse and ...

Rick

Chris L.'s Comment
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If they don't fire you, getting a passenger permit doesn't take long. You could have done it from home by fax.

C. S.'s Comment
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So basically I picked my girlfriend up in Colorado this morning before heading over to the Denver terminal , security guard asked me if I had a pass for her and I wasn't aware of that. Now I'm on hold and have to explain to safety what happened and hope they don't fire me, I had to put my girlfriend in a hotel down the street and I can't leave Werner property or they fire me on the spot. If they don't fire me, I have to get a permit for her as a passenger tomorrow, any idea how long that takes? We both are far from home and I can't pay for a hotel for the next week

I can't say what Werner will do, but I think it shows a serious lack of judgement on your part. If I was your boss, I would consider dismissing you, especially if you were relatively new and hadn't established yourself as an invaluable employee. Not because of the violation of company policy, which is obviously a concern, but more so because I would be wondering what other questionable decisions you might make in the future.

Humble yourself when you speak with safety tomorrow. Admit your mistake, explain that you didn't realize the gravity of your error, and assure them it'll never happen again. Getting rider insurance shouldn't take long, I believe most companies can do it in the same day.

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.
Rick S.'s Comment
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An interesting thing (as a side note) is that most companies will not allow a CDL-Licensed Driver as a "passenger".

I guess there's too much (potential) temptation to let them take the wheel.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Kurt G.'s Comment
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Are they seriously making you stay there while your girlfriend is in a hotel down the street? That seems unnecessary no matter what they decide.

Last Shadow's Comment
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Kash, bro didn't they cover that in orientation, that is one of the most ask questions from almost everyone that has wife and kids, or girlfriends and boyfriends, I mean come on bro you didn't think about asking from the get go, with that I hope you get to keep your job it sounds a little harsh if they actually fired you, best of luck and don't do it again, ....out

So basically I picked my girlfriend up in Colorado this morning before heading over to the Denver terminal , security guard asked me if I had a pass for her and I wasn't aware of that. Now I'm on hold and have to explain to safety what happened and hope they don't fire me, I had to put my girlfriend in a hotel down the street and I can't leave Werner property or they fire me on the spot. If they don't fire me, I have to get a permit for her as a passenger tomorrow, any idea how long that takes? We both are far from home and I can't pay for a hotel for the next week

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.

G-Town's Comment
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Kash, I agree with all of the replies you received. I would like to offer one additional piece of information.

At some point during your on-boarding or orientation with Werner they probably issued a Driver's Handbook. This documents all of the corporate policies and procedures a driver must follow and adhere to. There is likely a section on riders and passengers in the handbook stipulating the authorization process, rules, and required documentation. It should also specify the consequences for failure to comply with Werner's rider policy. You might want to review this before meeting with safety.

Good luck.

Kash's Comment
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Well they didn't fire me, but thanks to all you guys who said you would. It's my first year in this industry and I was literally unaware, not to mention I don't have a handbook at all, they didn't even give me a permit book for my truck, I had to go to a truck stop and pay for my cab registration and everything to get faxed over. But I appreciate it, I can always count on you guys to make me even more upset than I already am, not sure why I even post on this site anymore.

Old School's Comment
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Well they didn't fire me, but thanks to all you guys who said you would
not sure why I even post on this site anymore.

Kash, I can't hardly believe your response!

I looked through all the comments to your initial inquiry and saw nothing like the way you saw it. Many of them encouraged you to get it straightened out and move on.

I also looked through your comment history and discovered that you are almost always coming in here with your latest catastrophe. Maybe you should take a look at your history on here, and in your trucking career, and take a little lesson from what you've gone through. A little diligence on your part (like taking the time to understand company procedures) would save you a lot of stress out here.

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