I Have Had It

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ChickieMonster's Comment
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Well after everything we've been through plus 26 hours on buses we made it to Ardmore.

The truck we are supposed to pick up ISN'T HERE!!!!!!

Supposedly someone picked it up Saturday. Dispatch can't find the truck and has no idea who picked it up.

I have patience. But I'm done. No more. I've had nothing but problems for the last two months with trucks, with miles, with horrible communication and failure to deliver on promises, both written and verbal.

I have no idea what we are going to do at this point. Teddy is still in Nebraska and there is no way I'm going to abandon equipment and destroy my chances of ever driving again. Our car is still in KC with a dead battery, we are 2 months behind on our rent and car payments and everything is rapidly spiraling down the drain.

Needless to say, I will be putting in my 2 weeks notice tomorrow. I've tried to be patient and understanding and roll with the punches but that only goes so far.

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.
DSTURBD's Comment
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WOW!!! Sorry to hear this CM! Keep us updated.sorry.gifwtf.gif

DSTURBD

Jonathan T.'s Comment
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CM, I believe it was on here that I read, "Never quit on a bad day, wait until your having a good day and then if you still want to quit, go ahead" I may not have quoted it word for word and I wish I remember where I read it so I could give the person credit. You have a lot of followers on this site and I believe that what ever decision you make will be best for you and your family

Justin D.'s Comment
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Like wise, sorry to hear things have gotten to this point.

Not to minimize what this experience has been, but a word of advice you can heed if you like: Don't quit on a bad day. Sleep on it. Look at things tomorrow and decide whether or not quitting now is in your best interest going forward.

I'm sorry things have gone this way so far. Try to keep your spirits up as best you can.

Errol V.'s Comment
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C.M., you lasted those two months before you snapped. And riding a bus for most than a day, on a wild goose chase!

I hope by tomorrow you have cooled down a bit. Quitting is such a one-way street, this decision should not be taken in the heat of the moment.

When you tell your fleet manager what he can do with Teddy and the missing recovery truck, try to keep at least a few brain cells open to his explanation and even the possibility of talking you back into TransAm.

Best of luck tomorrow!

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.

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.

firemedic2816's Comment
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So your company doesn't use GPS Trackers? That sux, But for sure SECURE your truck and DON'T Abandoned Teddy. Call your creditors and explain to them what is going on, explain that you are trying to get things squared away and will get them money ASAP...The most important thing I ALWAYS Tell people the biggest MISTAKE they make is NOT TALKING to people you owe money to. ( I Use to work for a LARGE Credit Agency) they would rather hang out for a couple months and keep getting $ from you then to repo it because Repo's COST THEM $ they have to pay a company to track your car and then Repo it, then they have to turn around and sell it for a loss. (If you owe 8,000 on your car they are going to have to pay a company $1,000 or so for the repo storage fee, then pay the auction company to sell it and the most likely will only get 4000 out of it so they lose money) Plus even though THEY have it you still OWE the Difference....( Now if you KNEW all this I apologize for wasting your time.) Call YOUR CREDITORS, and Speak to a MANAGER...Not a supervisor a MANAGER....if I can help in any way email me kevinpoyser@yahoo.com Have you found another company to GO to? You do Refer? Look at Jim Palmer, I am looking at going to them soon. best wishes and keep us updated

Well after everything we've been through plus 26 hours on buses we made it to Ardmore.

The truck we are supposed to pick up ISN'T HERE!!!!!!

Supposedly someone picked it up Saturday. Dispatch can't find the truck and has no idea who picked it up.

I have patience. But I'm done. No more. I've had nothing but problems for the last two months with trucks, with miles, with horrible communication and failure to deliver on promises, both written and verbal.

I have no idea what we are going to do at this point. Teddy is still in Nebraska and there is no way I'm going to abandon equipment and destroy my chances of ever driving again. Our car is still in KC with a dead battery, we are 2 months behind on our rent and car payments and everything is rapidly spiraling down the drain.

Needless to say, I will be putting in my 2 weeks notice tomorrow. I've tried to be patient and understanding and roll with the punches but that only goes so far.

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.

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.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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I am going to give my DM one last chance to redeem herself. She even called while we were on the bus to make sure we were in route. Somewhere, someone screwed up BIG TIME! Teddy is still in Nebraska as far as I know (there was a possibility of them sending him back to the terminal for the body work).

They really need to pull a rabbit out of their hats this time to make this right. None of this has been my fault. Except for maybe making the mistake of parking at the end of the row in the first place. I've jumped through a hundred hoops over the last several days and gotten absolutely nowhere.

At this point I haven't made any miles in almost a week. Breakdown pay won't begin to cover what I need. And this whole ordeal with the missing truck put me even further behind. I told her when she called today that I was ready to roll out as soon as the doctor was over with. And I probably had a preplan waiting, which is gone now.

We are in a hotel for the night. I haven't slept more than a few minutes here and there in two days, no shower and nothing hot to eat. All o can think about is food, hot shower and bed.

But I'm dreading this phone call in the morning...

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.
Chris K.'s Comment
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Best of luck. Get thru this and begin putting feelers out to see who is hiring and see if it is truly a better job. TransAm should do something to appease your suffering. My two cents.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I've already started putting in applications. My 3 months is coming up very soon and I'd like to get to that point.

So far I've applied at Maverick, Prime, Stevens and US Xpress, with Prime being the top choice. They already called today but I was on the bus and that's not something I'd like to discuss in front of a bunch of strangers.

My only concern is the bumper rubbing incident from 2 days solo. It was such a minor incident that I'm not sure how much it can affect my chances.

I don't want to quit. I don't. But TA has done nothing to convince me to stay up to this point.

Errol, I am more than willing to listen to what my DM has to say. So far it's not been any help and it would take a rather large miracle to fix this. Somebody screwed up and I am the one paying for it. I don't want to sound entitled here but I don't believe ANY driver should have to go through all of this, no matter how long they have been driving.

Firemedic, TA has GPS trackers on all of their trucks and trailers. Which makes this so odd. According to night dispatch, the truck should have been at Kenworth in Ardmore. And KW nor dispatch has any record of someone picking up the truck. The only reason we knew is that 1. The truck wasn't on the lot and 2. One of the shop guys remembered jumping the battery (it had been sitting for a month) and fixing a door lock problem. I was told that the truck was picked up Saturday. That's when I got hit. My DM didn't get me this recovery until Tuesday. Something just isn't adding up here.

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.
Chris L.'s Comment
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If you do end up leaving you can't beat Primes cpm. They are awesome, but they want you out for at least 3 weeks at a time. In reality be prepared to stay out longer sometimes. Just depends on how often you need to get home. The only reason I left is due to me needing to be home more often.

I'm not encouraging you to leave, but if your going to leave I really like Prime. Keep in mind you won't have a fridge, or satellite tv unless you buy it. I believe you said TA provides that for their drivers.

Anyway I wish you luck on whatever you decide.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

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