Truck Stop Follies And Assorted Stupidity

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Ryan B.'s Comment
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Ha! Anne, that comment about the Pronghorn was very funny. If a Pronghorn could do that, what could a Bison truck do?

The same as any other truck? smile.gif

PackRat's Comment
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I pulled this one from the net. This driver was pulled in for a commercial vehicle inspection in Georgia. When the driver opened his door, this is what the trooper was confronted with. Who lives like this? Company recovery, assigned truck, owner operator....It doesn't matter. Trash and garbage don't belong in the truck. This is completely mind boggling to me.

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Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I pulled this one from the net. This driver was pulled in for a commercial vehicle inspection in Georgia. When the driver opened his door, this is what the trooper was confronted with. Who lives like this? Company recovery, assigned truck, owner operator....It doesn't matter. Trash and garbage don't belong in the truck. This is completely mind boggling to me.

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I will fill up a trash bag and maybe forget to throw it out once full every once in a while, but that's fricking nasty. That's reason to be put out of service, whether there is a regulation for it or not.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

BK's Comment
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I pulled this one from the net. This driver was pulled in for a commercial vehicle inspection in Georgia. When the driver opened his door, this is what the trooper was confronted with. Who lives like this? Company recovery, assigned truck, owner operator....It doesn't matter. Trash and garbage don't belong in the truck. This is completely mind boggling to me.

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I’ve never seen anything like this in a truck. Mind boggling is an understatement. This is what junk food and a dysfunctional upbringing will do. The only thing I didn’t see were Twinkie wrappers, but they were probably buried in the rubble or sucked into the black hole.

What would have been the driver’s excuse? “Officer, I work for Waste Management and I’m on my way to the landfill”

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Kevin B.'s Comment
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Wow! Just wow! I'm not in a truck, may be by the end of the year we'll see, but right now I'm just a lurker. But I took time to clean up my employee breakroom and shoot some pictures of the mess some employees had left behind just yesterday... Sent a snarky text along with the pics talking about taking pride in one's workplace. You're truck in addition to being your home is also your workplace. You should take pride in both. This is why truckers have a bad reputation...

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

PJ's Comment
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I’ve seen truck dash’s that look like that. I have no idea how people can live like that. I’m not a clean freak, but I keep my ride respectable.

DOT see’s that and they will look much deeper, that is a guarantee.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I’ve seen truck dash’s that look like that. I have no idea how people can live like that. I’m not a clean freak, but I keep my ride respectable.

DOT see’s that and they will look much deeper, that is a guarantee.

At the state fair last week i was joking around with a DOT officer that had a booth there. They actually had a truck simulator the public could try, unfortunately it was only for one day though. Just having a casual conversation while the family was doing a fire safety demo a couple booths down. I told him "not that I'm complaining, and im sure I'll curse myself but I've been driving for 5 years and never been inspected. How do you guys decide who gets an inspection? " he told me there's several factors safety record when they run your numbers is obviously a big one, but cleanliness of your rig. Naturally if your rig appears to be older and not clean (dashboard or the outside) it draws attention to you. Older rigs usually have more likelihood of having OOS defects, which I find hard to believe because O/O running the older rigs are usually the only drivers I see actually doing a thorough pre/post trip. With the dash if you can't even put your garbage into a bag instead of on the dash it'd unlikely you're doing a pretrip. Besides, dashboard being clear of any objects is part of your pretrip. Also all the scales atleast in the state of Iowa have heat sensors that are checking your tires/brakes temp when you roll in. They're able to quickly tell if tires are properly inflated or brakes aren't operating correctly.

They had sticker and temporary tattoos of the MVE (motor vehicle enforcement) badges. I asked him if I present this when I ultimately get pulled in if it'd get me out of an inspection. Unfortunately he told me it'd probably get me in MORE trouble if I told them I'm one of them smile.gif

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PJ's Comment
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Talking with DOT officers can be a wealth of great information. My insurance agent is a retired capt from Ga DOT. He has validated alot of info I already knew still exists. Being a retired LEO I have had alot of conversations over the years.

I have pulled through numerous setup points in several states and they look over the truck and have so far told me to have a safe day.

I always keep my equipment high and tight, so I never worry if someone wants to inspect it, but things can and do happen during a trip.

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.

Banks's Comment
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I pulled this one from the net. This driver was pulled in for a commercial vehicle inspection in Georgia. When the driver opened his door, this is what the trooper was confronted with. Who lives like this? Company recovery, assigned truck, owner operator....It doesn't matter. Trash and garbage don't belong in the truck. This is completely mind boggling to me.

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Pepsi tried to give me a truck in similar condition. Their options were somebody clean it or give me a different truck. They opted for the latter.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

PackRat's Comment
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White Volvo Mafia at work again.

This happened in KC, MO earlier. I guess we can't read signs, were feeling lucky, or not paying attention. This bridge averages two trucks per month and has it's own FB account. This is a railroad overpass.

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