Preventable

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DallaStrong's Comment
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So I locked my keys in my truck and my company had to call a (towtruck)locksmith out to open my truck $110.50. My DM calls me and says that I had a preventable accident. Says the company will cover $50.00 of the bill and I cover rest which is fine but why go down as a preventable. No cops called.

My question is: is this normal company policy & will it be on my dac & psp report?

Thanks

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.

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.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Ouch! That sounds pretty harsh to me, but I never locked my keys in. You need to get one or two hide out keys secured to your truck so this doesn't happen again.

Maybe Jamie will have more accurate advice, I think he has had ample experience in this area. sorry.gif

Jamie's Comment
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That seems odd, I locked my keys in my truck twice in two different trucks, the first time the company paid for it. The second time I paid out of pocket for it. But it never went down as a preventable or anything. What company do you work for?

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.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Locksmiths for trucks have you over a barrel. Had 1 guy charge me 50 bucks and another 120 bucks. Best thing to do is zip tie an extra key somewhere on the frame of the truck. As far as "preventable accident". If that's the actual case (not calling anyone a liar) I'd have to speak with someone in management. WORLD of difference between a preventable accident and an RA call.

Tractor Man's Comment
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A preventable for locking your keys in your truck???!!!! There is a big misunderstanding/ miscommunication going on right there. You need some clarification on that ASAP. Who do you drive for?

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SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Tractor Man's Comment
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That is like your wife filing for divorce because you put the toilet paper roll on the holder backwards!

DallaStrong's Comment
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Correction on my previous post: it was a preventable incident not accident.

Diver Driver's Comment
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That shouldn't have any kind of anything to do with anything. Just chalk it up as an expensive, embarrassing, lesson learned.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Correction on my previous post: it was a preventable incident not accident.

If in goes in your "Company File" don't sweat it. If It ends up on your DAC , any reputable Trucking Company would laugh at it when you applied for a job! What Company do you work for?

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.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Rob T.'s Comment
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It shouldn't be on your DAC , but it will be on your internal company file. I had gotten stuck in the mud at a customer and required to be towed out. I was told it was a recordable incident that needed to be in my employee file due to the company dishing money out. It's their way of holding somebody accountable. Nothing will likely come of it unless it becomes a pattern. Best thing to do is ask to be sure.

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.

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