Personal Property Searches

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King Pin's Comment
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Over heard some terminal rats talking about there personal property being search while getting tractor inspected by safety at terminal. My question is, is it legal for them to go through your personal property? There conversation has me intrigued a little. My company will randomly search tractors, while at terminals and radius of 150 miles from termiminals. I've asked my DM and other personal and not getting a clear answer. What is your parte?

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.
Old School's Comment
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Over heard some terminal rats talking

Well, that right there is your main issue. Do not let the terminal rats help you make up your mind about things in this industry. They are always going to set up scenarios where it is the driver against the company, that is their bread and butter.

Here's the deal, if you have nothing to hide, you should have no problem with them searching their own tractor. That is their equipment, and they have every right to see what is in it when they are allowing you to drive it. If you don't want them seeing something that you have in their property, then leave it at home. It's really that simple. The searches are not so that they can pry into your personal behaviors or belongings. They are wanting to make sure that you are keeping their equipment in good order, but if they were to find something suspicious like drug paraphernalia it gives them a chance to get rid of a potentially risky driver before there is some real damage to other folks on the road. It boils down to a safety issue, and not an invasion of privacy thing. It is their tractor, and they are free to determine how it is used.

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

icecold24k's Comment
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I completely agree 100% with this. I have no problem with the company looking inside my truck at anytime. They are paying a lot of money for this equipment and if I were in their position I would want to make sure it is being kept clean and maintained. They pay for the truck, maintenance, insurance and buy the fuel so I’m my opinion they have every right in the world to look anytime they want.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I was told the same.by some terminal rats "thats why I went lease, so.they cant search my truck".

uh...its been 2 years and no searches. Once in awhile we get a "lifestyle search required" message on the QC. This consists of a mechanic sticking his head in the truck to make sure the inside is not equivelent to a NYC lamdfill, no roaches. He never steps in the truck.

Honestly, I have "girl" stuff but im sure they would be more embarrassed than I would be for them to search.

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.

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