Karma Or Something Like It....serves Him Right.....

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guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Had a load that had 500 miles left on it and it did not deliver for 2 more days so we were told to split(drop in the yard) and a solo driver would finish it up and we were to wait for another solo driver that was suppose to drop a load in the yard going to Mexico tHat We Were Going To take. Since it had to go across the boarder it has to be in the drop yard 24 hours before it's due to cross due to customs. The driver was currently 8 hours into a 10 hour break and was 156 miles from the yard. No big deal right? So since we had to wait we headed to a truckstop and got showers and headed back to the yard. He should have been there in 5 hours. Cool. Then we get the message asking if the drive was in the yard since the trailer tracking system shows we were sitting right next to the driver.

I had to take pictures of the yard showing that I was the only truck in the yard..... So 4 hours later, total of 9 hours, they said they found the driver and he was already in oklahoma. He was supposed to drop it in the Kansas City Missouri yard.

I was like WTF? Turns out the driver got to the yard while we were at the truck stop and unplugged his qual comm and the last record showed he was in the yard. Keep in mind during the last 4 hours they had state police out looking for the truck due to the type of high value freight that was in the trailer.

So they allowed the driver to run the 800 miles down to Nogales Az to the boarder yard since there was not much else they could do since he was so far away.

Here is the kicker....the driver thought if he did that they would have no choice but to allow him to get the miles and complete the load.....how wrong he was.

Since he was not able to make the yard before the 24 hour deadline for customs check he received a service failure and on top of that his miles stopped at the Kansas City yard so he ran 800 miles for free that he will not see a dime of and his next ,and I shall add LAST load for Werner, is routed into the Phoenix AZ yard. In other words No More Job.

Unofficially I was told by my DM that the HR department was going to give the reason for termination as Creating Safety issues and Multiple Safety Violations.

Those two reason are very valid since the load he was carrying was a government munitions load that was disarmed but still considered dangerous and HAD to have satilite tracking at all times.

Personally I was mad cause I had to wait 9 hours for a driver that thought he knew better than everyone else. In this case the driver has no one to blame but himself but i am sure he will be on the internet in a few days flaming Werner and complaining how he was screwed out of 800 miles and fired for no reason. Anyway ended up getting a 1000 mile trip to the east coast in Viginia. Turned out to be a better load.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Aces-N-eights (Dale)'s Comment
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They should have called the NSA they knew exactly where he was the whole time.

Old School's Comment
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Wow! It's amazing what some people will do thinking they know better than everyone else. This thing about unplugging the qualcomm has gotten a lot of attention lately. We've been getting quite a few messages about people losing their jobs over this lately. I had no idea it was such a rampant problem. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out you will get caught doing this.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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They should have called the NSA they knew exactly where he was the whole time.

Probably but that would have been the same as calling them up and saying we lost track of a load and need help finding it......would not go well.

Wine Taster's Comment
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It would have been great if they arrested him.... what a loser.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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It would have been great if they arrested him.... what a loser.

I would not say that he is a complete looser. Just in this instance he is a big one. He was doing "Try to make something happen" to get more miles by forcing a companies hand but it seriously back fired on him.

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.

Aces-N-eights (Dale)'s Comment
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One company told us that is your hauling a HV load and you go off track they will send the police looking for you, most of the HV loads we had were smokes but weapons sound a lot more serious....so glad to hear we are sending them to mexico and not those crazy sobs in Canada rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Wine Taster's Comment
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I guess but unplugging the qual.... really? Did he not think they would get upset? Not only are his HOS all messed up but he had a high value load. That truck could have been deemed a WMD once it went of the grid. That is not making it happen! That is just down right stupid.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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One company told us that is your hauling a HV load and you go off track they will send the police looking for you, most of the HV loads we had were smokes but weapons sound a lot more serious....so glad to hear we are sending them to mexico and not those crazy sobs in Canada rofl-2.gifrofl-2.gif

Basically they were hulls or shells without a primer or lead outs. Cases that were being sent to be reloaded. Really not that dangerous but expensive just the same.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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I think all experienced drivers realize that you've got to bend the rules a little sometimes to get things accomplished, and I guess that is what he was trying to do, but he really went overboard with his efforts here. This is a really good lesson for new folks though. You will all come across times when you've got to figure out what to do to "get er done". Only realize that if it backfires on you - well it's all on you, the company will take no responsibility for your screw up, even if you are a top driver for them. If you get caught, it's your skin that was in the game, not theirs.

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