DAC Report Abuse - Has anyone experienced the same things mentioned here
by Patrick H.
(St. Louis, MO)
I have recently been released by one of the largest truck training companies (White trucks, 62 mph trucks)ha ha. I have nearly 50,000 miles OTR with NO roadway incidents.
I delivered 120+ loads (240 back-ins) at shipper and receiver with probably another 100+ back-ins in dark,tight, close-quarter,situations at truck stops.
Now I find myself unemployed along with other drivers in my same situation. (I had 3-"preventables"}.
I feel the DAC report system is abused because it doesn't differentiate between relatively "minor" incidents on yards (private property) and serious incidents on the roadways that involved other vehicles, light poles, power lines, etc.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I feel that the DAC system is simply a way to keep the majority of new drivers from ever attaining seniority status. About the time they are really becoming proficient (and receiving more pay)they are released.
Not only this, the DAC report which is largely an internal trucking industry tool, literally "blackballs" them from any other jobs in the industry. With the economy what it is, there is a steady flow of new, inexperienced, wide-eyed, naive, trainees who are willing to endure anything with the promise of $35-$40k first year earnings while being paid 25 cents/mile.
I earned just over $9k in 6-months. Spent countless hours in shop, waiting for next load, etc. Had to take a 14-hr bus ride just to get a truck assigned--with 2 flat tires and mechanical issues.
Office personnel talked to you with total disrespect and treated you like a dog. These practices serve only the trucking industry (to keep pay down for experienced drivers as well) and the truck driving schools who have a constant influx of new candidates.
Was my experience unique? Was I unlucky? Or is this the norm? Your comments please.