One Bad Apple
Here are several reader comments on a blog post by Dean Smallwood, CCJ managing editor, who wrote about a recent encounter while on his way to work with a less-than-safe truck driver for a large reputable carrier …
Trust but verify
“I always provide feedback to the company. … Half the companies take the information and are appreciative – others provide a nice voice-mail box that is always full. I recently read of a horrible accident that resulted in multiple fatalities because the driver (a new hire) did not start on Friday, but left several days later, taking the weekend off and fudging his logbook. The cycle of destruction always starts with a lie. Trust your drivers – but verify. Management has to do its job.” -johntaratuta
“Or perhaps because of turnover and low pay, this well-known company has now lowered its standards to accept the sort of driver you had this experience with, and by keeping your silence, you allow it to continue.” -Kurt
“I have seen more 4-wheelers – meaning people who drive cars – going well over 80 miles an hour on the highway on a regular basis, and they still do while talking on their cell phones going from one lane to the other. My advice to 4-wheelers: Stay out of the way of heavy trucks because we weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds, and if you like having a nice car to drive, food on the table or anything else you own, remember one thing – it took a heavy truck to get it to the store for you as a consumer to go out and buy that product.” -Norm
Nowhere to hide
“johntaratuta, I’d remind you that not every employee in every business is the perfect employee. Most truckers are good decent folks, but there are bad apples. There are bad bankers, doctors and shoe salesmen, too. The problem is that truckers do their jobs in full view of the public, and when a bad one violates the law, he’s in full view of a lot of the general public. When a doctor screws up, he does it in private.” -DavidMac
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