Codriver Tells Safety On Me

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Anttjuan R.'s Comment
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(You can skip to the 2nd paragraph to get to the gist.) I’ve been on the same dedicated route for some years now and about 6 months into it, I got a new codriver to run that route with me. Like most people, we’ve had our ups and downs but the biggest one had been about custody of the truck on home time. I never needed to take the truck home but he wanted to take it everytime since he lived over an hour away which was fine with me except he would expect me to get off the company truck as soon as we got to the terminal which sometimes meant only 6 hours into my sleep. Long story short, the company got involved and said the truck must stay at the terminal which meant he would need to find his own transportation home.

So here’s what is happening now. He brought up to safety that he wants a new codriver because he fears for his life due to my driving which was conveniently timed because the same day before, I got called in to safety and put on probation for critical event reporting on the truck that it automatically generates while driving if it detects any. As a result of him saying that (since he knew what the safety meeting was about) and also him requesting a new Codriver, the company decided to put me off that route in place of a new codriver for him. (And yes, it really was because of what he told them since the company still expected me to make pick up at the usual time after the safety review.) Of course, all this was done without him talking to me about it and so I was not prepared nor expecting this.

Now here’s the part where I would like some input and some decisions-making feedback & what the consequences might be for each. (My ideal outcome would be to continue that dedicated lane somehow, even if with him):

To start, let me just say that I have a video recording of him driving while he was scrolling through his cell phone on more than one occasion. —Could I be protected from getting fired if I showed the company this video and in retaliation they fire me? (Codriver is very good friends with the safety people.) —Can the company themselves get in trouble if they DON’T fire him with the knowledge and proof of what he was doing? —Unlike him, I would like to bring this to his attention first but if I do and he informs the company of my intentions before I show them, can I get fired for “conspiracy” though it is provable? —Or what if I do show him and he says “Hey never mind, come back on this route with me” which in all honesty I would like to be put back on that route.

If in the end I don’t get the route back, so be it but I’m just not too fond with the way he reacted when he himself has had questionable driving behaviors as well and yet he gets to put me off while he stays. I don’t know yet what, or if, I’m even going to do anything. I hope someone can answer some of the above questions and also welcome additional comments, whether good or bad.

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.

Dedicated Route:

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."

Rob T.'s Comment
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Showing the video will only make you look worse. They will look at it as you being petty and trying to save yourself and it isnt about safety otherwise you'd have addressed it immediately.

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PackRat's Comment
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I think it best if you two just part ways, and routes (already has happened), and leave it at that. Anything that would happen from this point on of "he did this, well you did that" is going to be seen as spiteful, petty bickering occurring between two disgruntled former co-drivers.

Everyone can't get along with everybody else, so it's best to just avoid him and any other avoidable meetings with the safety department.

In the near future, Improve your driving and I think things will go better for you there.

PackRat's Comment
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I just went back through your posts from 1.5 years ago, and you had a safety issue then, too, for continuing to drive after a mandatory company wide weather shutdown.

You definitely need to focus on your driving.

icecold24k's Comment
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I have to agree. I know it's frustrating and irritating for this to happen. However you will look better and come out better just being the bigger person and parting ways quietly. Go on to do whatever the company has you doing next and do it well and safely. Sometimes things are better left unsaid.

Anttjuan R.'s Comment
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I just went back through your posts from 1.5 years ago, and you had a safety issue then, too, for continuing to drive after a mandatory company wide weather shutdown.

You definitely need to focus on your driving.

Not the same person.

Showing the video will only make you look worse. They will look at it as you being petty and trying to save yourself and it isnt about safety otherwise you'd have addressed it immediately.

So technically they can just brush off that he used his phone while driving solely on the basis that my intentions are petty, right?

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icecold24k's Comment
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This isn't you?Post he was refering to

PackRat's Comment
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Yes, it is the same person, Genius. You also posted before this about getting cited for an unsafe lane change, in which you also struck a guardrail.

Ring any bells? Was that another "Anttjuan R." that we don't have on here?

I read all of YOUR posts, Genius. You have a problem following advice, a problem with authority, and clearly a major problem driving safely.

Click on your own profile and go back and read your own posts.

Done wasting time with this one. Good luck.

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Anttjuan R.'s Comment
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Yes, it is the same person, Genius. You also posted before this about getting cited for an unsafe lane change, in which you also struck a guardrail.

Ring any bells? Was that another "Anttjuan R." that we don't have on here?

I read all of YOUR posts, Genius. You have a problem following advice, a problem with authority, and clearly a major problem driving safely.

Click on your own profile and go back and read your own posts.

Done wasting time with this one. Good luck.

Ever heard of SHARED accounts, Genius? Yes, waste your time elsewhere please. ✌️

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G-Town's Comment
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It’s the same person.

Anttjuan there is no such thing as a shared account...

And stop wasting our time.

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