So I Get To A Shipper...

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Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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So I get to a shipper and I am told to, "...forget about the load. You need to pick up this load instead."

(NOTE: Quote is neither direct or as stern. It is used as an example of what I had to do)

So I had to drive all the way down to Brawley, CA from Perris. I had to do this after driving from Phoenix. I had been up since 6 a.m., but did NOT go on duty until around 5:30 at night.

I can do it once or twice, but having to drive all night after being up all day sucks. What makes matters worse, I ran out my 14 hour clock just outside the shipper.

This is a HOT LOAD.

Dave

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Starcar's Comment
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Sounds like you need to chat with YOUR dm...those night and weekend dispatchers are horrid...

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I was in the same boat this past week. I was having my truck worked on Friday and had been up since 0500. They finished around 3. My FM told me he would get me a load taking me to my domicile then went home. The night dispatcher sent me up to Kentucky to drop a load and pick one up to bring back to Nashville. After that they said they would give me my next assignment. I was exhausted by the time I got home around 0600 Saturday. That was not cool. Me and my FM will be talking tomorrow.

Life of a trucker.

Dispatcher:

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.

Fm:

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.
ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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Mine isn't as bad, but just kind of weird. Was in Reserve, Louisiana at our OC. Waiting for a load. Get one that says "Dispatch needs you to save this load, customer is in shutdown mode and no one else is available!. Please save us Obi-Wan!!!" (OK that last part may not have been in the message) It's about 1 hour away, it's a live load which I then have to drop back in Reserve for someone else to deliver in Texas somewhere... I didn't question why I was loading it and not a local driver, or why I wasn't going to Texas with it. I'm just a driver you know.

But OK I get to the shipper to load. I go inside and and the operator tells me, "Customer just sent an email 2 hours ago (and he shows me the email), that they don't need this loaded until 5 days from now. But I'll see if we can load you anyway since you are here."

He checks, and tells me he can load me.

Was it a failure of communication between customer, shipper, and carrier? Or did aliens intercept my qualcomm message and play a joke on me... Who knows lol.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Mike L.'s Comment
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Sounds like you need to chat with YOUR dm...those night and weekend dispatchers are horrid...

Exactly, have a chat with them and tell them you just did them a favor. a FAVOR. haha I like to make things straight so they don't treat me like there dog. I'm not saying that it's a "who's the boss" situation but to let them know that we're human and not delivery robots.

Dispatcher:

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I am going to have to put in delay or relay this load anyway.

Dave

Anthony R.'s Comment
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You are not alone-recently took a load from Miami to Wichita KS, Denver Co, and Colorado Springs-load had 8 stops-drove from N. Florida to Birmingham-from midnight till next morning-trainer took over in Birmingham-he drove to terminal in Missouri-I took over and left about 1 am and drove to first two stops in Wichita-had to unload by hand-arrived about 8am-got done and drove on to Hays KS where my trainer took over-early afternoon. After about 5 or 6 hours got to Denver-assisted trainer in unloading then-I took over and drove to Colorado Springs-by then was about 6am-we did the three stops there under icy cold conditions-was done by about 1pm-was going to get some rest but then got another dispatch right back to Kansas to pick up next load-drove from Col. sprgs. to Syracuse KS-so was awake from 6pm till about 5pm the following day-unloaded six stops by hand-drove for about 7 hrs. during that time frame. So I hear you on that.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Well they let me relay this load. I have to go to Victorville, CA with this other load.

Dave

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