Written Up For Delivering 1 Hour Late

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Jax R.'s Comment
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Hi, I’ve been a flat bed truck driver for only one year, with no traffic violations or safety violations. I was issued a write up for delivering 1 hour late. I’ve been late before but the latest has been is 2 hours. could this be a reason to get fired? If so, would I have to pay back the company for the CDL training?


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.
BK's Comment
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I’d be shocked if a driver got fired for that. Not a very egregious violation, unless it’s a pattern.

PackRat's Comment
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What was the reason that caused you to be late? That alone is usually the determining factor.

RealDiehl's Comment
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With most companies that is not something you'd be fired for unless it becomes a chronic issue. It might make you ineligible for certain bonuses though. You'll have to check your company's policy to see. Or just ask your fleet manager.

Fleet Manager:

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.
Davy A.'s Comment
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Assuming it was unjustified late, why? A lot of company are tightening up and not as forgiving but usually nit a termination offense unless it's a pattern.

The bigger question is what csn you do to prevent it from happening again and what was your part in it?

Ryan B.'s Comment
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As PackRat mentioned, the reason for being late is the key. If it was a matter of an unforeseen, but still manageable issue, not much of a concern. By this I mean something like you didn't account for the possibility of a traffic delay going in or near a city.

If on the other hand being late was because you just flat out dropped the ball, as in you had plenty of time and just waited too long to leave, it's more of a concern. The only reason I could see being fired for something like that is if you have made a habit of being late and/or cutting it really close.

Those are just a couple of examples.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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