Getting Towed

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Alicia 's Comment
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Can any one tell me if your truck gets stuck by if you pulled over to far for instance and it had to be towed. Can a company make you pay for it

Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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It would be up to the company if they wanted to charge the driver. My guess that would be done if the company thought the driver was in error and could have prevented it.

Army 's Comment
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Big Scott

Please confirm, but they can catagorize that as a preventable event correct? I think I have read a few posts about parking and getting stuck or causing damage to property (ruts) but not the truck, so not sure..

Safe travels

Old School's Comment
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Alicia, did this happen to you or is this just something you read about happening to someone else?

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Yes, a tow can be both the drivers responsibility and considered a preventable accident.

if this is a lease op, all tows are the responsibility of the driver.

Alicia 's Comment
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Me and my fiance. He was told to pull off and stay there for the night. That there was no parking near. So we did and it wasn't wet but we sank. We was not told it would come out of his check but it was only 300 so something came out of it. It doesn't help that our GPS isn't hooked up to the truck. They supposedly are going to but it still isn't done. They are so worried about safety but yet we have no GPS. We was told use Google maps.

Alicia, did this happen to you or is this just something you read about happening to someone else?

Old School's Comment
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Well, you certainly have the ability to see or find out what comes out of your check. I've had small checks before, but it's usually based on how much I got done that week, or perhaps whether I got my trip sheets turned in accurately or on time. You should look at the check details and see if you can understand what happened.

It doesn't help that our GPS isn't hooked up to the truck. They supposedly are going to but it still isn't done. They are so worried about safety but yet we have no GPS. We was told use Google maps.

I'm afraid your comments come across as if you guys are in some sort of universal struggle of "it's us out here against this evil trucking company." I'm not sure how a GPS could have helped you determine a good place to park your rig, but hopefully you guys learned a valuable lesson. You can't just park these gentle giants anywhere, especially one that is loaded. When a dispatcher recommends you park at a customer's location it's still your responsibility to use some good common trucker sense as to where you actually park.

At this point you're making assumptions to explain a low dollar amount on a paycheck. Those assumptions are turning your attitude toward your employer in a bad direction, yet you don't even know if they are correct. It seems to me you should be asking your employer why your check was so low. A random bunch of truckers like us sure can't answer that question for you, with such limited information.

Here's a tip: I get paid by direct deposit every Thursday. One of the first things I do is get online and verify what trips are included on that check, and I confirm all the deductions. All of that is easily verified. Is there some reason you guys can't access your check stub or payroll statements? You should be double checking your payroll statements just to confirm that everything is correct. It's easily done, and would save you a lot of unnecessary anxiety.

An advantage to double checking your payroll statements is that it may very well help you get a better picture of how your performance is measuring up. You will probably begin to better understand how to improve your pay by getting a better picture of how your pay is measured out. I often say we get what we deserve in this business. Performance based pay should be an incentive for us that motivates us to increase our income. This is one job that puts you in charge of your income. There's a lot of us who never seem to lay hold of that concept. I hope you and your fiance can hang out with us long enough to get yourselves the understanding of how to be Top Tier Drivers.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Here's another tip involving letters: G.O.A.L. Did either of you Get Out And Look at the area before parking on it? I don't know how the trucking industry made it more than 80 years prior to GPS. PLEASE!!! What a poor excuse, "they told us to park". Seriously? If "they" told you to drive the wrong direction down the intetstate, would you claim this excuse as your defense that time, too?wtf-2.gif

Dave Reid's Comment
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A company can try and charge an employee for any reason they like, and that has nothing to do with trucking. However, in some states, it is illegal to make the deduction without the employee's consent. I don't want to look up every state's statutes, but I can tell you that it is illegal in Michigan - I owned businesses in Michigan in the past...we could whack the ICs for damage but not the employees.

Can any one tell me if your truck gets stuck by if you pulled over to far for instance and it had to be towed. Can a company make you pay for it

Alicia 's Comment
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Dispatcher said to listen to this other driver. He said that is the only place to park. There was no parking around the delivery place. We have tried to check his paystubs but it won't let us log in. I have asked and have not gotten a response of how to do it. It won't let us reset the password. So I am assuming with the check being that low. But question is wouldn't they tell us or something? And when I mentioned the GPS.... Sorry guess I got ahead of my self it doesn't help coming and going the right way if your running off a Google map. Im,sure a truckers rand would be better in guiding us but we don't have that option. They keep saying they will fix it but hadn't so far. And absolutely sir. Hope he can. This is only week 3 of being on the road. So if I sound like a newbie its because I am. I know a lot of you has more knowledge than us on a lot of these things. And trust me I wish we could get into the pay stubs but we can't right now and have already contacted people which made us ask if they can take that out of your check or not and if they would tell you 1st

Well, you certainly have the ability to see or find out what comes out of your check. I've had small checks before, but it's usually based on how much I got done that week, or perhaps whether I got my trip sheets turned in accurately or on time. You should look at the check details and see if you can understand what happened.

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It doesn't help that our GPS isn't hooked up to the truck. They supposedly are going to but it still isn't done. They are so worried about safety but yet we have no GPS. We was told use Google maps.

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I'm afraid your comments come across as if you guys are in some sort of universal struggle of "it's us out here against this evil trucking company." I'm not sure how a GPS could have helped you determine a good place to park your rig, but hopefully you guys learned a valuable lesson. You can't just park these gentle giants anywhere, especially one that is loaded. When a dispatcher recommends you park at a customer's location it's still your responsibility to use some good common trucker sense as to where you actually park.

At this point you're making assumptions to explain a low dollar amount on a paycheck. Those assumptions are turning your attitude toward your employer in a bad direction, yet you don't even know if they are correct. It seems to me you should be asking your employer why your check was so low. A random bunch of truckers like us sure can't answer that question for you, with such limited information.

Here's a tip: I get paid by direct deposit every Thursday. One of the first things I do is get online and verify what trips are included on that check, and I confirm all the deductions. All of that is easily verified. Is there some reason you guys can't access your check stub or payroll statements? You should be double checking your payroll statements just to confirm that everything is correct. It's easily done, and would save you a lot of unnecessary anxiety.

An advantage to double checking your payroll statements is that it may very well help you get a better picture of how your performance is measuring up. You will probably begin to better understand how to improve your pay by getting a better picture of how your pay is measured out. I often say we get what we deserve in this business. Performance based pay should be an incentive for us that motivates us to increase our income. This is one job that puts you in charge of your income. There's a lot of us who never seem to lay hold of that concept. I hope you and your fiance can hang out with us long enough to get yourselves the understanding of how to be Top Tier Drivers.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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