Falcon Transport Abruptly Shuts Down

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Susan D. 's Comment
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Their DOT number was no longer valid and therefore unable to be legally moved and not insured either. Yes, in this unfortunate situation you leave the truck where its parked and get home the best way you can.

Fortunately for these drivers, often a new employer, knowing the situation, will get them transportation to orientation at their new company, directly from where that truck is parked. Anyone remember Arrow Trucking?

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jrod's Comment
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A very ****ty thing to do, I've been following it since it was announced. A lot of drivers and some companies are offering to help those left on the road find a way to get home and offering employment.

I don't want this to come off as a recruiting pitch - but the best parterships are based on having mutual goals. This is one of those times.

If you're looking for regional or OTR work, we have lanes throughout OH, MI & PA. We have a Northeast dedicated run as well that can get you through home weekly, running between Omaha & NYC.

I don't want to leave a link or phone number here because I respect this place and don't want to abuse anything for free advertising, but if you know a Falcon Transport driver, or you are one, please feel free to contact me.

(Mods - if this is against ANY rules, please delete, I am not trying to be anything but helpful. No hard feelings if you need to delete.)

Dedicated Run:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jrod's Comment
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In a situation like this what is the drivers responsibility? I understand they said to stop working, but is the driver required to deliver that load? Make it to the (former) terminal? Park it anywhere they want? I'd still be worried about equipment abandonment or quit under dispatch being on my DAC. I Hope I never have to deal with such a mess.

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I'm sure that wouldn't be a problem since they told everyone to stop what their doing, and their fuel cards was turned off already so those who was low on fuel would have to buy their own to make it anywhere.

According to some of their drivers their fuel cards were turned off already, as the announcement was made.

Yeah - I was getting mixed messages on that. I heard fuel cards were still working on Sat/Sun, but now I am hearing they were turned off immediately. With 600 Drivers and 6 Million other people commenting on it, I am having a hard time getting a straight message out here in cyber-space.

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jrod's Comment
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In a situation like this what is the drivers responsibility? I understand they said to stop working, but is the driver required to deliver that load? Make it to the (former) terminal? Park it anywhere they want? I'd still be worried about equipment abandonment or quit under dispatch being on my DAC. I Hope I never have to deal with such a mess.

Rob T. - I am not a lawyer, so I'll leave that up to someone else, but I can tell you that when things like this happen, experienced companies and recruiters know about it. There is very little Falcon could put on a verification or on the DAC that would make any difference with an end date of April 2019 now.

Everyone knows what happened. No one will hold it against you unless they are clueless or it has nothing to do with this "event".

That being said - verifying employment is going to be a pain in the You-Know-What, so I HIGHLY recommend that any Falcon drivers keep their W2's, or 1st/Last Paystubs and any accident reports with them so that they can be used to verify employment if Falcon doesn't set up a system to do so.

Save yourself the headache because 600 driver might be out of a job, but 6,000 drivers just updated their resume's to say they also worked for Falcon Transport for the last 'X' Ammount of Years" and hoping no one checks. (The good ones always check).

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.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

G-Town's Comment
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Jrod, Brett will need to make that call.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Fortunately for these drivers, often a new employer, knowing the situation, will get them transportation to orientation at their new company, directly from where that truck is parked. Anyone remember Arrow Trucking?

Yep, Arrow ceased operations 2 days before Christmas. Told their drivers to turn their truck in to the nearest Freightliner. Unfortunately many drivers had gone weeks without actually being paid. They were living off of advances from the fuel cards. Which were shut off a day before the company closed their doors.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bruce K.'s Comment
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In a situation like this, wouldn’t the driver be justified in using any remaining fuel to head for home with the rig? Personal conveyance perhaps?

And what happened with that Yellow/roadway union vote? Are they still in business?

Susan D. 's Comment
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The driver doesn't own the truck. Plain and simple. The DOT registration is no longer valid. No insurance. How much more plain can it be?

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.

Bird-one's Comment
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They also had a lease operator program. Wonder what happens to those drivers in this situation.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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They also had a lease operator program. Wonder what happens to those drivers in this situation.

They don't have a lease payment any more...........or a Truck!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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