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Posted in CSA 2010, Driver Health, drugs, Employment, Food, Funny Stories, HORROR, Music, News, Personal Stories, rookies, safety, trucking business, trucking community, Trucking Family, trucking tips, Uncategorized, vacations, Welcome, tagged CHAMELION CARRIERS, compliance, CSA, DOT, FMCSA, GHOST CARRIERS, trucker, Trucker Safety, trucking, TRUCKING COMPANY on March 25, 2014 | 1 Comment »
We try to set a good example. We have tried to give accurate advice and conduct ourselves and our business in a legal and respectable manner. However, we recently made an error in judgement. A good move was made by jumping out of a bad situation in which we had been deceived regarding pay. Then without looking, a “too good to be true” situation popped up and because we were not thinking too clearly after being deceived, we eagerly jumped in without our water wings and almost drowned! Needless to say, it was deeper than we had anticipated!
Do you know how to look up your company’s safety record? Do you know what an FMCSA intervention is? These are valuable tools that each and every driver should be familiar with. Yes, even company drivers should be armed with this information too!
As many of us know, the FMCSA is coming down hard on carriers with poor safety records. They are also on to the “CHAMELION” racket as well and going after those who think they’ve found an easy way to beat the system even harder.
For many years, trucking companies who were on the verge of being shut down, simply changed ownership over to a family member or friend and then applied for a new DOT number. Some just simply got a new DOT number. There are a number of ways you can make it look like the “bad” company is gone and a new company is in its place. Changing the name of the company, owner, DOT number or whatever combination they may choose to hide their bad record seems like an easy answer. For a long time, many company owners have been getting away with it and continuing the bad behavior and when their numbers go up, they do it all over again.
Well, I’m not sure which “Sherlock Holmes” in the government put the pieces together but the fact is THEY DID! They are on to this naughty little scheme and they are madder than heck over it. You see, even the government doesn’t like to be fooled or made a fool of, so they are putting up with it no more and targeting these carriers with an iron fist.
With all that being said, we did all we could, til it was time to walk away! We made the mistake of looking up the DOT# “after” we had already leased on and found that pretty little phrase “EXCEEDS INTERVENTION THRESHOLD”!!
I asked the owner about it. I asked him if he was aware of his safety rating. He told me he was aware and he was working on it. Others that worked there told me he was working on it alright! He had never even looked at a driver’s log, had no safety program and no compliance plan at all. Everyone there told me they were just waiting for the feds to show up and shut him down. So I’m thinking I should say something and I did, several times. I gave him the name of a compliance specialist. I referred a friend who has safety director experience and even offered to begin auditing the logs myself. He kept telling me “I’ve got it handled”, and that’s just a few examples of what a great business this was!
Then one day it slipped out that there was a new DOT number going into effect in a couple of weeks. I said nothing. Then I made a few calls, got on the internet, found a few things out and made the decision to get out. It was time to give up.
We are sad about this experience because we really thought we had found a long-term home, for a minute anyway!
Red flag after red flag and a bit of research told me to RUN AS FAST AS I COULD!
ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR DECISIONS ARE INFORMED DECISIONS!!
Here is a link to look up a DOT or MC number to see the truth about a carrier… CLICK HERE
The last thing anybody needs is to pull into a weigh station and find out your company has been shut down!
I hope that the lesson we learned can be helpful to someone else and I would also like to thank those of you who helped us “see through the smoke screen and save us from drowning”! You know who you are and we sincerely thank you!!!
and may GOD bless you!
Posted in CSA 2010, Driver Health, drugs, Employment, Food, Funny Stories, HORROR, Music, News, Personal Stories, rookies, safety, trucking business, trucking community, Trucking Family, trucking tips, Uncategorized, vacations, Welcome, tagged addiction, cigarette, e cigs, e juice, electronic cigs, nicotine, smoking, stop smoking, truckers, vaping, vapor on March 21, 2014 | 1 Comment »
As more of us decide to quit smoking or at least try……. “vaping” has become a popular alternative for many truckers. It seems that more truck stops are carrying supplies for vaping which makes it very convenient.
Vaping is the act of using an E-Cig, inhaling vapor instead of poisons, thus the term “vaping”!
MAJIC MAN “48 hours since I’ve had a real cigarette, except for a couple of times that I had a slight urge for one, which I didn’t (don’t have any anyhow), doing okay. Darth Vaper is doing its job….. been breathing much better too since I got and started using it just before Christmas. I realize it’s substitution, BUT water vapor with a bit of flavoring and a little nicotine is much better than tobacco with all the chemicals and additives. I’m not ready to say ex-smoker yet… but……. vaping is better than smoking, and I do not plan on ever buying a pack of cigarettes again…. so…….”
What are the advantages?
First, there’s no nasty odor! The truck doesn’t smell and our clothes don’t smell!
Second, for every cigarette you don’t smoke, you get lung function back. Your body begins to heal. You gain stamina. Your taste buds change. and the list goes on!!
It’s cheaper and tastes better too so if you’ve been thinking about tossing the smokes, give vaping a try!
My favorite flavor is coffee mixed with a little caramel and a dab of cinnamon!!