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Every trucker has their bad habits, it’s part of being human. Although, sometimes, being human isn’t enough for a transport planner. Here – we’ll look at some of the most annoying habits that truck drivers have that drive transport management up the wall, off the rails, or however else you want to phrase being annoyed!
If you have one of these habits on a daily basis, maybe you could try to improve on it for your colleague’s sake, there are probably other, more effective ways of winding your colleague up!
Forgetting to put the driver card in the tachograph
Not only is this habit illegal, it can also have dire consequences for the transport operator as much as the driver. If the tacho reading is not linked to the driver, it can cause a major headache for other members of the team, along with the driver who might not receive all the pay he is due for hard work on the road.
Not having the card in the tachograph also registers as “no qualified driver” using the vehicle – which can have consequences when it comes to insurance claims.
Marking a break as “other work”
It seems a simple thing, just to mark the break as other work – which as a driver, is beneficial. Unfortunately, the law won’t see it that way if you are registered to be working over the legally authorized hours. Marking your breaks inappropriately could have dire consequences in the long run.
If you’re seen as going over your hours, this could lead to legal infringements and even your license being revoked. Be sure breaks are recorded correctly for the sake of abiding the law and having no further implications for your business.
Not managing breaks well
While mistakes can be made, it isn’t ideal for drivers to miss their break entirely – as this is against many health and safety regulations that guarantee that driver’s safety. Forgetting a break entirely and working over hours could be a violation of the law.
Planning breaks at an inconvenient time can also have consequences – the driver and planner should work as a team to calculate the most efficient route as well as which point would be a good time to take a break.
Reporting hours falsely
Giving a transport planner the wrong hours is a one-way ticket to stress town, this can make a nightmare with timesheets and the payment for each driver. Dedicating further time to calculate if these routes are accurate can be a problem – each driver deserves the amount of pay for the hours he has actually worked, this could be a problem for the fleet if it happens on a regular basis.
Unable to reach a driver while out on the road
One thing most frustrating of all – is when a driver is unreachable. The planner could be trying to contact the driver regarding an emergency, or advising on a diversion on their planned route. If the driver is otherwise unavailable, or simply refuses to answer the phone this could lead to miscommunication within the fleet and drivers may end up on the road longer for than they really need to be if they are unaware of alterations to traffic routes.
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