It has been a busy time in trucking. On Saturday at 8pm Falcon Transport sent a message to everyone saying they were ending operations and basically you no longer have a job. Crazy! Here is yet another company simply closing its doors and ignoring the WARN act which requires notice of 60 days before closing when you business is the size of Falcon. Some drivers have reported that they have not been paid in weeks. After missing the first check the company and I would have a talk. Missing the next check? I'm done. There is no point in staying, I'm not being paid. Drivers, always have a access to at least a few hundred dollars to get yourself home in case your company folds while you are on the road. I personally would drive the truck back to wherever my car is if it had fuel to do so. Otherwise, park it in a safe spot and take a video of it in case there is later damage. Remember, the company did not make any effort to get the drivers back home, the fuel cards are off and the company closed. File with the state for unpaid wages and get yourself a new job. You cannot sell parts off the truck, sell the fuel or any of that. Some drivers were suggesting that they could keep the truck and demand storage. That is also not true. You do not have an agreement for storage with Falcon. Just give them the truck or leave it somewhere and move on.
I am sure many of you saw the huge accident in Colorado recently. Terrible. A truck driver was coming off a mountain and plowed into stopped traffic at the bottom. Speeds of 75+ were estimated. There has only been an initial hearing with more to come. The driver said the brakes failed. He apparently has at least 1 year of experience, maybe 2 and the truck was completely burned up in the wreck so we might not know what happened. We do know that he passed a runaway truck ramp on the way down. Folks, always use that ramp if you need to do so. You are much better off dealing with the aftermath of that rather than killing 4 people and injuring dozens. If you are unsure of how do descend a grade, learn before you head to the mountains. I will have more on this after the hearing later this week.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.