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  •  Companies that pay by the hour are generally (6+ / 0-)

    pretty on top of making sure you're not violating HOS (hours of service) regulations.

    Companies that pay by the mile pay lip-service to the concept, but will punish you by not giving you loads or even terminate you if you miss deadlines frequently.  

    Whether that's due to weather, breakdown, ect. doesn't matter to many dispatchers for those kinds of outfits.

    I was a commercial driver in one capacity or another for 12 years total.  I've done everything from local bread delivery in a box truck 48 states over-the-road to delivering liquid oxygen.

    There's a lot of segments to the industry, and some involve either running two books or getting canned for "poor performance".

    ProTip - the people who like to play PVP MMORPG's often see this site as one.

    by JesseCW on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 10:03:54 AM PDT

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    •  This is true (5+ / 0-)

      I have a close friend who is a driver.  Small to mid-size trucking companies do expect drivers to break the work/rest rules and if they don't they're penalized.  As you say, drivers can be terminated for "bad attitude", etc.  

      It's my understanding that regulations for technology and log book reporting are not yet as tight as they need to be.  Many drivers are still using paper and pencil.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 10:16:21 AM PDT

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      •  The bigs ones are just as bad, when we're talking (6+ / 0-)

        "Common Carriers" like JB Hunt, England, CRST, Swift ect.

        I mean, some of those are worse than others, but there's just a huge gap between -

        The worst - small family run common carriers with a few trucks

        Next - The big "training companies"

        Next - Major retailers with their own fleets

        The best I ever found in the trucking industry was outside the trucking industry.  What I mean is, doing delivery work for an HVAC supply company, delivering liquid O2 for a respiratory company, delivering bread for a bakery, ect ect.

        They often listen to their experienced/senior drivers because we know the regulations and they don't want to get in trouble.  They want their customers happy.  They want stuff delivered on time, but they'd rather have you be five minutes late from traffic than blow your whole route for the day because of an accident.

        They generally have a very different attitude - each invoice you're carrying represents an account they value not just some one-time contract.

        ProTip - the people who like to play PVP MMORPG's often see this site as one.

        by JesseCW on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 10:37:00 AM PDT

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