To the supervisor’s defense, even though the truck in question had an “R” prefix, that doesn’t mean it’s a road tractor...half of our city fleet in CLT is reclassed road trucks. He had already stated that the truck was the previous trophy truck for your #1 city driver so it’s quite possible that tractor R15XXX is classified as a city truck. Sending a classified city truck on a road run is a big no no mainly because city trucks are only apportioned for 54K-63K lbs instead of the normal 80K lbs for road tractors. The avg empty weight for a set plus tractor is 35K-36K depending on the tractor so with a classified city truck that only leaves room for about 20K-28K worth of freight before being over gross.Tuesday, I reported to work to have a junior driver tell me that our supervisor wouldn't let him take a road tractor on a shuttle run. I made the mistake of asking why. He told me I wouldn't believe him if he told me.
I walked into the building and asked the supervisor why he wouldn't assign R15xxx to the run. He said it had just been downgraded from a trophy truck, because the #1 city driver received R23xxx. I asked why that mattered. He said he didn't know if R15xxx was a road or city unit and he wasn't authorized to dispatch a city unit on a 200+ mile shuttle run. I was temporarily speechless.
I recovered, and incredulous as I was, asked the 30 year supervisor if he knew what the "R" in front of the number meant. He didn't, and asserted that he'd emailed the SCM, who didn't either. The SCM then allegedly emailed the District manager and was awaiting the reply, about whether R15xxx was a city or road unit and could be dispatched.
I damn near blew up. "You have no idea what the "R" stands for? We buy two types of trucks, Local and Road. Local trucks have an L in front of the number. Care to guess what Road tractors have in front of the number?"
He shrugged his shoulders and said that no one had ever told him what the "R" stood for. He didn't know what the "R" was for. OMG! How stupid is the effen management???
After I was able to get him to realize the situation, he went on to tell me that he was afraid he and the SCM would look like idiots because of the emails they sent...told him "look in the rear view mirror, idiot is about five miles back and you're still doing triple digits on the speedometer."
My god, this is insanity.
With that being said, all you guys had to do was check the registration in the permit book...that would’ve answered all of your questions.