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I am a owner operator with my own operating authority. I do not have a pre pass and never have had one in my present truck. I run mostly from Tn. to the west coast and in the past 2 years i have been inspected at various inspection stations and pulled over at random on the highways a total of 14 times. To date i have had 2 minor violations and my present rating with DOT is about 12. I see the big companies get pre passed with flat tires, lights out, duct taped fenders, etc. religiously and see now why they have pre pass and electronic logs. I suppose i should get the pre pass so i can then run the road with inferior equipment and not worry too much about inspections. I saw once in the truckers paper where it was quoted that the owner operators could not keep their equipment up, i beg to differ as this is our only source of income and being hounded now by big business has got the DOT apparanrtly on our backs,,please comment,,thanks charlie
Charlie, i’ve heard similar tales from guys w/o PrePass. It’s not a huge burden costwise and is probably worth it. Electronic logs are a different story, though.
I wouldn’t agree with anyone who says O/Os aren’t some of the best performers out there on maintenance. The one-man, one-truck business model is proven to result is equipment pride, most often bringing good results.
Charles, I agree with most of what you said. I too am not a fan of E-logs. BUT I have prepass transponders in all three of my Petes. I like them for several reasons. They save time(money) and fuel(more money). I do not duct tape fenders, keep up with maintenance, and am proud of my very small fleet. Just for the record, we get pulled in and inspected too.
I am a o/o with 2 trucks I am running with my owne athority too. We have pre pass in the trucks. But I still get checked alot 29 times last year and I am glad to say with 0 violations. Like you these checks are both at scale and on road side. I must say I keep my trucks and trailers in good shap because I want my self and my driver to get back home safely there is anuff stiff that can go wronge on the raid with out having to wory about my truck.
I think the trucking industry as a whole has the power to stop all this BS. Once these trucks Stop , they will listen . When there food and gas run out they will beg you to go back to work. One week vacation for all trucks . LET’S DO THIS ……
Truck strike or “vacation” will never happen because the industry won’t pull together. Take your vacation and JB Hunt, Werner, Central Refrigerated and other big companies will haul what you didn’t. Better idea would be for everyone to contact their reps in DC to have them put the pressure on to reject the EOBRs. The cost of the equipment is prohibitive and will have to be passed on to the consumers. Talk to people who aren’t involved in trucking and tell them the cost of goods will have to go up if this is implemented.
I personally know of 2 instances where big companies, with electronic logs, gave their drivers step by step instructions on how to alter them so they would have enough hours to make a trip that needed to be done. So much for the safety issue.
I have a comment on on board recorders. With the price of fuel at an all time high, where are carriers supposed to et the money to put in an on board recorder? and secondarily where is the info supposed to go? I am a one man ocmpany- where is my peoplnet info supposed to go?
I am so very sick of ever increasing regulations from the federal goverment. This is an entity that cannot manage it’s own affairs properly yet constantly seeks to manage the affairs of others. FYI I have been driving a truck for over 25 years and have over 3,000,000 accident free miles and NONE of this is due to any federal regulation. I have always logged the way the inspector wants to see the logs done and driven the way I chose to drive. MYOB nanny state!!! And, btw, my prediction is that about 3 months after EOBR’s are mandated someone will have hacked ALL of them and there will be many “workarounds” available on the internet.
Another thing is, what does a guy who owns his own construction company and owns 4-5 trucks that he uses to haul his own construction gear from site to site supposed to do with an EOBR mandate? He only runs the trucks 3-4 times a year and they are driven by his construction workers. So let me get this straight, this guy is supposed to spend well over $10,000 to outfit his trucks with government mandated EOBR’s that will only get used 3-4 times per year?? Get real FMCSA!!!!
all of this is about money last week i witness dot pull a inspection on a perfect clean new truck the truck behind me looked like was picked at the junk yard gets a free ride through the scale how about passing laws mandating shippers and receivers one hour max time or one hundred fifthy dollars thereafter monday to friday twenthy four hours arround the clock shipping and receiving no appoitment times sunday at mid night to saturday noon time eight hours on eight hours off no limit maybe we need to learn with the europeans how to run legal and make money
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