Monday and Tuesday are an indication, it’s going to be a great month,”
says OOIDA’s Gary Green on Truck Safety Month. “Day three has been
real good, with an interesting show of early support from brokers
association’s Business Services staff reports a day full of phone
calls, faxes and e-mails, detailing accounts of truckers operating
in strict observance of federal safety regulations and all laws.
says although June compliance month just officially kicked off,
OOIDA has for several weeks been getting reports of coercion regarding
the violation of regulations, primarily hours-of-service regs.
of these guys have been really toeing the line for weeks, operating
compliant in every way, including speed limits. Business Services
is contacting brokers, shippers, carriers and receivers as soon
as these reports come in,” says Green.
says the most success comes from personal conversations with people
at the highest levels of management at these companies.
we contact middle management over compliance issues reported by
truckers, across the board they’re pretty much in the dark,” says
Green. “However, when we contact upper management at these companies
and explain we’re getting reports of issues that concern us – where
drivers are either being forced or coerced or intimidated into violations
– upper management has given us positive feedback in each case.”
had a member call to report that he was in Lee’s Summit, MO, at
Toys R Us trying to unload,” Green said early Tuesday afternoon.
“This member has been sitting since 7 a.m. and is being told he
probably won’t be unloaded until 3:30 p.m. He called his broker,
C.H. Robinson. The broker assured our member that the shipper would
be contacted and the broker would make sure our member is fully
compensated for the time he spent sitting.”
said another case involved a trucker who took a load from a brokerage.
He arrived at the shipper for pick up at his scheduled time. The
shipper reportedly took so long to load that he did not have enough
available hours to make the delivery time.
that time, the trucker told the shipper he did not have the hours
he needed and the product was unloaded from the driver’s truck.”
According to the OOIDA member, he called the brokerage and was told
“it was about time drivers took a stand with these shippers,” and
the brokerage would back him fully.
Kip Hough, Business Services, called Swain Brokerage and confirmed
says some of the calls are from members who have committed the month
of June to running “by the letter of the law” and are reporting
member called this morning to say he was loading at McFarland Cascade
in Tacoma, WA, and was in and out in 45 minutes,” he said. “In another
call, one member reported that the safety department at his company,
Service First, is telling all drivers to run legal.”
Karen England reports another positive response from Waller Truck
Co. in Excelsior Springs, MO.
Friday, I was contacted by Tim Crowley, director of safety at Waller,”
says England. “He thanked me for the information I had sent regarding
June Safety Month and said the safety department at Waller supports
OOIDA’s compliance month for not only June, but at all times.”
the Land Line staff