Archive for June, 2010

Site Update

I added a link in the Other Sites section, scroll down and watch the right hand column. It is labeled ‘We might be here’ and links to a service that tracks my phone when I have the software running. It updates every 15 minutes so that is why it can look like we have been off-roading. I’ll try and remember to have it running for at least a portion of each day so you can see where we have been, if you care.

More stuff I don’t get

As part of the process of picking up and delivering stuff we have a series of messages, or ‘macros,’ that we send in via the Qualcomm. Additionally when we are finished we send a signed copy of the Bill Of Lading (BOL) in to corporate that they use as part of the billing process. This is very structured. Macro one is sent when we get to the shipper. Macro two is sent when we are loaded (L-call). Macros three and four are for arriving and departing extra stops along the way. Macro five for arrival at the final destination. Finally, macro six is our empty or E-call. This all applies unless you are delivering to a forwarding agent at a border town. We just go to the agent, drop the load, send a free form message to our DM saying we did it and then do nothing with the BOL. We hang on to it just to cover our butts but no one asks to see it. I don’t get it. Seems to me that if you wanted to steal a load this is the perfect opportunity and gives you a big head start on getting away.

Unbelievable

We picked up a load today that at first seemed normal but that changed as we left the facility. We got read a list of rules that made it clear this was a high value load even though we had not been told anything in our preplan or dispatch. When I questioned our dispatch about it I got instructed to call in for a verbal dispatch. Now I got even more instructions including a number to call when we left the facility, oops that was 60 miles and 90 minutes ago, plus every time we stop and start. I called the number and they wanted my trip ID. Sorry, no clue what that is. In the end the truck number was OK.

The whole thing as aggravated by the fact that we are both low on hours and so can’t keep the truck rolling non-stop. Frankly I don’t think we should have been assigned this load but since no one looks at all the data we send about hours worked they had no idea we were getting low. We did tell them we only had 20 hours, instead of 22, we could work starting at eight this evening but that didn’t seem to phase them. Fortunately there is a company facility enroute were we are parked and can sit until tomorrow when our hours recover a little and there is enough wiggle room in the delivery time to support this.

However on Monday I am demanding to know how this happened because had we screwed up to a similar degree we would be in deep doodoo.

UPDATE: The person I talked to today at the trailer tracking company told me he has no record of us and there is no need to call. Oh brother.

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