Might Be Towed

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Karl A.'s Comment
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What happens to company drivers if the tractor is towed on hometime?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I guess the question is why was it towed ? When an employer gives a company vehicle to an employee, they trust that the vehicle is going to be taken care of in all aspects. So if a driver just leaves a vehicle somewhere and doesn't make arrangements before just leaving it and something happens, I would think the company would hold the driver responsible.

In regards to the driver being fired, it might depend on the value of the driver to the company. Someone brand new, maybe, someone who is a veteran with the company, maybe not.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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Have you contacted the company. Here's the thing. Most companies (if they have Qualcomm) KNOW where their vehicles are at. THEY might have had it towed, if you did NOT park it where they wanted you to. That is why you should periodically check on your truck while on hometime. Also check your Qualcomm , if it has one, to check for messages. Dispatch will usually send a message before they tow.

However, if you parked in a "no parking zone," then maybe someone else had it towed.

Dave

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Have you contacted the company. Here's the thing. Most companies (if they have Qualcomm) KNOW where their vehicles are at. THEY might have had it towed, if you did NOT park it where they wanted you to. That is why you should periodically check on your truck while on hometime. Also check your Qualcomm , if it has one, to check for messages. Dispatch will usually send a message before they tow.

However, if you parked in a "no parking zone," then maybe someone else had it towed.

Dave

Dave, I disagree with you. I don't see a carrier towing their equipment on purpose. And they definitely wouldn't send a message. They know you're at home and not around your QC so if anything they would opt to call. If they have a complaint then they'll contact you via a phone call and tell you, not ask you, to move it immediately.

If it does get towed, the bill is on you.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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It probably depends on the company, but yes, the tow bill is on you.

When I was with Navajo, they told us where we could park it and where we couldn't. Some idiot had his truck "stolen," TWICE, and that ruined taking the truck home, during hometime, for everyone.

The question to ask is, where was it, before it was towed?

Dave

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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