My Thoughts on Shippers & Receivers in Trucking – Trucker Wayne

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– Hey there, it’s Trucker Wayne with Driver Solutions. Looking a little rough today. It’s boy I tell ya, here at a rest area in Oklahoma, and I wanted to talk about, and if you’ve been following me, you know this is a theme of mine, where shippers and
receivers should be held to some kind of standards just like us truckers and
trucking companies are. I’m gonna tell you a little
story about what happened, no names of course, never here, just maybe solutions to some of the issues that we run into and also
where I think personally trucker turnover is part
of the bigger issue here, and it’s not always the
trucking company’s fault. But you know I was at a shipper last night and I knew I was gonna be short on hours and gave a couple calls
see if there was some overnight parking, didn’t
receive a call back. And then when I got there, I had oh gosh maybe three
hours on my 14 hour clock. They kept me six. There was no overnight parking
and there had some spots for parking, but they were full. So I asked a guy when I was leaving, he goes oh they park out on the street. And I said there’s a sign
out there and it says $750 fine if I’m parked. Oh they never, they never come
by here, this is a dead end. But there’s a sign that says $750 fine. It’s easy for him to say go out there, park on the street, right, and I could get a $750 fine. You know these are the kinda
things that we have to deal with all the time, every day out there. They talk about us managing ourselves, but you know what this is a team effort. We can’t do this alone. Shippers and receivers
take four, five, six hours to load us, and then say adios. Then you know and it’s like
well next time I go there, I know personally I won’t go there anymore til I have seven, eight hours on my clock. And see that’s just a domino effect where I have enough years in
that I feel confident that if I show up there again, I’m not, I don’t care if I
have six hours on my clock or five hours on my clock, I’m not showing up unless
it’s I have plenty hours to eat so I’m not leaving
with nothing on my clock. But when you’re new in this business, think about, think
about this for a second. If you’re new in this business and you’re in your first
year and you show up to that shipper and
you’re stressing anyways, you wanna be on time, you
wanna do the right thing, and what’s going on in your mind, next thing you know adios see you later, we just burnt your clock out. You know it’s just, it
doesn’t make any sense, and I really think though
that some of these things in trucker turnover has to
do with stuff like that. And shippers and receivers
are not being held to any type of standards. You know some are great. I mean the majority of ’em are great. It’s the 10 to 15 to 20%
that really get us truckers in a bind because the DOT officer could care less about what I went through. All he cares about is what’s on my clock, and that’s a whole nother issue too. Now we’re talking about the DOT. When they look at that, to them it’s just excuses. They’re like well you
shouldn’t have shown up there, you know and like I
said, it’s a team effort. I shouldn’t have shown up there and I’ll know better next time. But you know the very
important thing to realize when you’re in this business is, not all shippers and
receivers are like that. But there’s enough of ’em
out there that I think, and I’ve said this before
too and I’ll end it this way, if they keep me over two hours, I think I should be exempt from hours and I should be able to start
my clock all over again, or if they keep me over two hours, they should have to pay a penalty just like I would have to pay a ticket. This would solve a lotta things. First of all it would
solve a lot of our grief about trying to find a parking spot when they eat up all your hours, and second, I think it
would really go a long way in helping with trucker turnover. You know you can’t just blame the trucking companies for this. They have no say in
what that company does, and rightfully so. But there has to be some
sort of standards, right? They hold us to standards
every single day, and like I said, if
the DOT officer sees me or somebody else’s you know
thing and I was leaving there and all of a sudden it clicked
on, on duty or driving, and I’m not saying what I did, but what I’m saying is is that, if they see that, there’s no excuse. There is no excuse on the DOT side. You drove, and I’m not
saying I did or didn’t, but you drove and if they
see that they’re gonna give you a ticket. So basically you know there’s
choices we have to make every day, do we just go out
on the side of the road there and maybe get a $750 ticket? Maybe, maybe I did, maybe I didn’t. But you know that’s the whole thing where, you know we are put in really
bad positions sometimes, and that’s a real world. So this is Trucker Wayne
with Driver Solutions, with a positive path to trucking success. Check me out at www.truckerwayne.com, and also check out my
Facebook page @TruckerWayne, and I’m out.

8 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been driving for about 6 months if a shipper or receiver has you run out of hours the shipper can’t make you leave . They can call your company and the police but if the police makes you move then get that badge number and the officers name and city he or she has jurisdiction with so if a another Officer try’s to give you a citation then you have evidence against the situation.

  2. I agree with you 100%. I want though that in north Kentucky. An got to a safe place with 4min left on my drive time.

  3. One of the most difficult things to learn as a trucker is to ask people to respect your hours and that you, as a driver, must respect traffic laws.

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