Can A Walmart Manager Make You Move Your Truck

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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The companies will do random urine and breathlyzers. some might say a 24 hr waiting period before consuming alcohol, others say 34. someone on here once stated they are not permitted even on home time because they take the truck home and are therefore responsible for the truck. what if the truck had to be moved and you had been out partying?

a few of us went to TGIFridays from the terminal and miraculously were brought in for a random. i was the only one drinking virgins ;)

also... there are always hotels. DAT trucker has hotels witb truck parking. some.make you get a room, some dont. most of them are Super 8 or Motel 6 which i dont stay at. i created my own database on Google maps of higher end hotels with parking. La Quinta, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express. you d be surprised at how many there are.

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.

millionmiler24's Comment
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Josh, there's a common misconception that you can't be forced to leave if you are out of hours. I don't know where people came up with that idea, but it's simply not true. Private property is private property. They don't have to let you do anything. If someone ran out of hours and parked in your driveway, could you ask them to leave? Of course you could.

Before you even start your drive shift you should have a rough idea of where you're going to park later on. I understand that plans change as the day goes on, so you have to constantly update your trip plan as you go.

If you think you may be staying at a Walmart, give them a call before you get there to make sure it's all right.

"Hi I need to stop and do some shopping, and was wondering if I could stay the night on a back corner of your lot?"

That polite question has gotten me many a quiet trouble free night at a Walmart. Even if their policy prevents them from letting you stay, they often know of other areas to park.

The Walmart in Sidney NE on I-80 Exit 59 has legit truck overnight parking. I wont park somewhere unless they have legit truck spaces.

millionmiler24's Comment
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You can legally drive off duty to the nearest safe haven, truck stop or rest area. Her is a link to the FMCSA explanation.

CRSTs trucks are not set up for that.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The companies will do random urine and breathlyzers. some might say a 24 hr waiting period before consuming alcohol, others say 34. someone on here once stated they are not permitted even on home time because they take the truck home and are therefore responsible for the truck. what if the truck had to be moved and you had been out partying?

a few of us went to TGIFridays from the terminal and miraculously were brought in for a random. i was the only one drinking virgins ;)

also... there are always hotels. DAT trucker has hotels witb truck parking. some.make you get a room, some dont. most of them are Super 8 or Motel 6 which i dont stay at. i created my own database on Google maps of higher end hotels with parking. La Quinta, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express. you d be surprised at how many there are.

Good info to have. I would never have thought that to be an issue. Thanks Gtown and Rainy, it would be my luck to have my semi-annual drink at a family function and get a random test the next 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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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The companies will do random urine and breathlyzers. some might say a 24 hr waiting period before consuming alcohol, others say 34. someone on here once stated they are not permitted even on home time because they take the truck home and are therefore responsible for the truck. what if the truck had to be moved and you had been out partying?

a few of us went to TGIFridays from the terminal and miraculously were brought in for a random. i was the only one drinking virgins ;)

also... there are always hotels. DAT trucker has hotels witb truck parking. some.make you get a room, some dont. most of them are Super 8 or Motel 6 which i dont stay at. i created my own database on Google maps of higher end hotels with parking. La Quinta, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express. you d be surprised at how many there are.

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Good info to have. I would never have thought that to be an issue. Thanks Gtown and Rainy, it would be my luck to have my semi-annual drink at a family function and get a random test the next day.

brett wrote in his book about a random.coming from hometime. at 0800 apparently ppl are still drunk!!! at prime if you drink while in any stage of training they will send you home. and there is a difference between taking a 34 with a load where you are still responsible and could have your break interrupted...and a 34 when you are comoletely relieved of duty and no load.

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.

Will H.'s Comment
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According to the sites training program any alcohol no matter how little is a automated 24 hour probation to going on duty.

Big Scott's Comment
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Here is one problem Walmart has. Walmart fined 50K for letting trucks park.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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In Berea KY Walmart called a tow company that is putting windshield boots on. $550 to remove.

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PJ's Comment
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I rarely stay at walmart, but when I do I always call ahead and ask very nicely. Rainey there are some Super 8’s getting much nicer these days. As far as drinking always know your company policy before considering it. Alwsys better to stay away from it in my opinion. Now when I go home I’m never under dispatch so I enjoy myself.

Bolt's Comment
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My Walmart parking story. I live in NW Arkansas the home of Walmart where we have a Walmart or branded Walmart store on every corner. I was working for a construction company that was building a new super center. We we're at the point where the store was almost complete. WM management was setting the store up but the construction company still retained the property. I was working security and a driver cones in and asks If he can park for the night as he only had about 15 minutes left on his clock. I said I couldn't give him permission but the store manager was inside. I also told him there was a truck stop at the next exit about 5 minutes away. He drive off in a Tiff circles a light pole and taking it out with his trailer went through the unopened exit getting one of our barrels hung up on his landing gear.

All he had to do was go in and ask the manager or drive 5 more minutes to the truck stop, though it is usually very crowded.

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