PAM Transport 90 Day Safety Probation

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Bubb Rubb's Comment
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Hey all. It's been a weird few months since I last made a post and I wish it was with better news. I was hoping to get some input on the predicament Im in. Iv been driving for PAM for 3 months now and thanks to me getting stuck in some mud, They put me on a 90 Day safety probation. I got caught down a tight road a few weeks ago and ended up turning into a parking lot that was just a hair too tight for me. I managed to get out, but I wish I could say I did it without messing up a small patch of grass ( Now a muddy rut Id presume.) Now I get a call from safety saying they need to route me into a terminal to review this latest case.

I'm a bit nervous to say the least. I'm trying my best out here and I really need this job. I'm going to be honest with them ( No real reason not to be ), but I really don't know what to expect. Does anyone have any experience with this process at PAM? Should I be looking into getting a new job asap? Is there anything I should do before hand? Am I just killing myself with anxiety for nothing?

Any input would be greatly appreciated and I want to thank everyone that has helped me in the past during my CDL acquisition and mentorship.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

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.

Banks's Comment
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Did you have 2 separate incidents or just this one? We're you trained by Pam or did you go in with a CDL?

I don't have any information on this process at Pam and I don't think we have any Pam drivers here.

Just go in there and be honest. This is why and how I ended up here, this is what I did wrong and this is what I learned from it. This is why it won't happen again and then let the chips fall where they may. Accept responsibility for what happened and don't pass the buck. A lot of times people go in there and say why something wasn't their fault and that rarely ends well.

The important thing is to understand what I said above and actually apply it to your driving future and not just use it as lip service.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Generally, your company expects new drivers to have minor accidents in their first year. Yes, you will have to talk with the Safety department. My first accident involved bavking to a dock. I had to pull up a bit to get it right. In the pull up my right-side trailer door had come loose and jammed into the sheet metal wall of the warehouse. Everybody took down the proper information. When I was done I, too, was sent to Safety for a conference. After that discussion I was back on the road, knowing better now to back up next to a warehouse.

So you were given a 90 day safety probation. Not a suspension. You can still drive, but I bet your are now an "expert" on U-turns in small parking lots. You'll most probably be OK.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Bubb Rubb's Comment
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Did you have 2 separate incidents or just this one? We're you trained by Pam or did you go in with a CDL?

I don't have any information on this process at Pam and I don't think we have any Pam drivers here.

Just go in there and be honest. This is why and how I ended up here, this is what I did wrong and this is what I learned from it. This is why it won't happen again and then let the chips fall where they may. Accept responsibility for what happened and don't pass the buck. A lot of times people go in there and say why something wasn't their fault and that rarely ends well.

The important thing is to understand what I said above and actually apply it to your driving future and not just use it as lip service.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

The mud incident was one thing that PUT me on the 90 day probation and the parking lot incident was what got me called into see safety.

Thank you both for the great responses. Ill go in and hope for the best while being honest and using no excuses. I kind of always knew I was going to do that, But it always makes it seem easier when I have other people saying the same thing: Almost like I'm making sure I'm making the logical decision.

I'm not much on updates, So if you hear from me again, its probably going to be another rant. lets hope its about truck stop parking and not how I got fired from PAM.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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