Punished for a hard brake?
I'm looking at maybe switching trucking companies. One has a policy of a $25 deduction for each duty violation including a hard brake.
Say what? If some yahoo cuts in front of me and I have to brake hard to keep the truck from being involved in an accident, why should I be punished?
Response from Vicki:
Thanks for asking a question through the truck operations page of our site.
Frankly, I don't know the reason for this. If the trucking company that has this policy in place is otherwise a good fit for you, please ask. We'd be interested to know for the sake of our readers.
Speculating, it is possible that the company does not want to risk having its drivers jackknife their rigs. Or perhaps it has something to do with their insurance policy.
We know from reading trucking news articles that more and more controls are being installed in trucks to keep tabs on drivers. There is a rise in the use of "telematics" (Wikepedia definition) in commercial motor vehicles. Some drivers resent being micro-managed with such things as cab-facing truck cameras.
Mike had a co-worker who had to slam on his truck's brakes because the driver of a four-wheeled vehicle cut him off. Had the trucker not slammed on his brakes, there most assuredly would have been a nasty truck accident and possibly a fatality (of the driver and/or the passenger). Yes, the trucker's load shifted and there was an expense associated with fixing that, but which expense is greater: moving a shifted load or the aftermath of a fatal truck accident?
If any of our readers know the answer to why a trucking company would punish a professional truck driver for a "hard brake", please comment on this below. Thanks in advance.
In the meantime, if you feel uncomfortable in driving for this company, press on in your search.
Mike and I wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.