Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our Pledge To You


This pledge has been from Murray to El Paso, Laredo, Brownsville, Franklin, West Memphis and Indy. It has been signed by non-driver employee-owners to show you how we feel.

The future of PTL is now up to all of us.

My Pledge and Commitment

As an Employee-Owner, I promise and pledge that I will support each and every member of the Paschall Truck Lines family. I understand that I am paid to do a job, so I will do it to my best, ALWAYS. I understand that work is not a competition, it's about contribution.

  • I pledge to listen and keep an open mind.
  • I pledge to show patience.
  • I pledge to maintain a friendly, courteous and positive work environment.
  • I pledge to show genuine concern, offer a helping hand and walk a driver through completion when he or she approaches me with an issue.
  • I pledge to offer a smile and a kind word and to thank our drivers for the tough job they do for us every day.
  • I pledge to support our drivers in an effort to make Paschall Truck Lines a more safety-conscious company.

Drivers are the foundation on which our company was built and they are the key to our success. It is everyone's responsibility to provide every working driver the opportunity to earn a weekly income to support them and their families.

View the video of our pledge


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Answers to your questions about the new Hours of Service


Question:  Does the break need to be taken right at 8 hours?

No, the break can be taken at any time before the end of the 8th hour of duty. The regulation only requires that the driver stop driving and take the 30-minute break if it has been 8 hours since the driver’s last break of 30 minutes or more.

Question:  If I am unloading or fueling when I reach the point where it have been 8 hours since my last break of 30 minutes or more, do I have to stop what I’m doing and take a break?
No, The only thing a driver cannot do once the 8 hours is reached is drive.  The driver would be able to finish unloading or fueling, but would then have to take a 30 minute break before driving again.

Question:  PTL has an off-duty policy, but if I cannot find my card with the off duty policy do I need to log the break as on-duty rather than off-duty?
No, PTL does not haul radioactive materials or table 1 explosives, so you must log the break as off-duty or sleeper-berth time.  To be able to log off duty, you must be relieved of all duty and responsibility, and at liberty to pursue activities of your own choosing.  Whether PTL has a policy allowing this or not is now moot, since the regulations now require it.   

Question:  We haul flammable liquids and corrosives.  Am I supposed to be logging the break on duty due to the attendance requirements? 

No, The attendance requirement for hazardous materials other that 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 explosives (which PTL does not haul) only apply if the vehicle is parked on the roadway or the right-of-way.  As long as the vehicle is off the roadway and right-of-way, the driver can log off duty.  So, a driver hauling non-explosive hazardous materials must park in a safe and secure location off the roadway, and then take the 30 minutes off duty.

Question:  What special note do I need to put on my log to show when the break took place?

The FMCSA has stated that there are no special documentation requirements when it comes to the 30 minute break.  The 30 minute period on either line 1 (off-duty) or line 2 (sleeper berth) of the driver’s grid graph, with city and state shown in the remarks, is all that is required.    

Mike Alexander
Director of Driver Services

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Safety Awards for July

Congratulations to the following drivers for earning Safety Awards during the month of
July 2014:
2,700,000 Miles Award
Johnny B. Harp—HARJOH

2,600,000 Miles Award
Larry D. Halliburton—HALL

1,600,000 Miles Award
Harold D. Griffin—GRIHAR

1,500,000 Miles Award
Charles S. Zeigler—ZEICHA

1,300,000 Miles Award
Anthony D. Nealy—NEAANT

600,000 Miles Award
William P. Gregory—GREGOW
Roderick D. Springer—SPRROD
David S. Thomas, Sr.—THOMDA

500,000 Miles Award
Anthony K. Conder—COANTH
Brian D. Hayes—HAYBRI
Michael McCann—MMICHA
Louis C. Wallace—WALOUI

400,000 Miles Award
Aston A. Adams—ADAAST
Walter J. Costilow—COWALT
William C. Lewis—LEWICA
Vicki L. Lockhart—LOCVIC
Martin D. Tolver—TOLVMA

300,000 Miles Award
Alan L. Davis—DAVALA
Curtis D. Drudge—DRUCUR
Jerry Goodwin, Sr.—GOODJE
Todd C. Rogers—ROGTOD

200,000 Miles Award
Jason A. Abel—ABEJAS
Koya O. Afflick—AFFKOY
Jacob C. Brown—BROJAC
James A Dempsey—DEMJAM
Stephen L. Logsdon—LOGSTE
Gordon L. Miner
Brian J. Smith—SMIBRI
Sammie D. Wofford, Jr.—WOFSAM

100,000 Miles Award
Elizabeth K. Burdette—BURELI
George E. Elliot—ELLIGE
Rodriguez E. Emory—EMOROD
Steven G. Estelle—ESTSTE
Garry W. Feimster—FEIGAR
Barry L. Graham—GRABAR
Sara J. Haskins—HASSAR
Shineka M. Honaker—HONSHI
Tony M. Honeycutt—HONTON
Mitchell Jones—JONMIT
Marvin Kennedy—KEMARV
Alan M. Kilogre II—KILALA
James E. Kingery—KINGJA
Jerry F. Kitchens, Jr.—KITJER
Velma McDonald—MCDVEL
Lawrence A. Moore—MOOLAW
Frank W. Nickles—NICFRA
Anthony L. Nunley—NUNANT
Thomas G. Palmer, Jr.—PALMTH
Christopher A. Peck—PECCHR
Carrie L. Proper—PRCARR
Vincent H. Pritchard—PRITVI
Steven G. Rhyne—RHYSTE
Stephen T. Saenz—SAESTE
Nicholas A. Sayles—SAYNIC
Craig W. Scott—SCOCRA
Rodrick L. Senderson—SENROD
Enos W. Simpkins—SIMENW
Vaughn C. A. Starke—STAVAU
Elijah W. Thames—THAELI
John S. Thompkins, Jr.—THJOST
Harold C. Williams, Jr.—WILLHA
Michael J. Williams—WILMIJ

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Building a Brighter Future

PTL has so much going on right now! Besides building our new truck transfer platform, having the City of Murray designate a Driver Appreciation Week and creating a new trainee pay package, we're building additional training classrooms!

We've been tracking the progress and can't wait until it's finished! Here are some pictures from start to current:
  The area before the work began


Monday, August 11, 2014

PTL Policy on Length, Weight and Bridge Law Limits

Our policy is to get our units legal for all the states they will travel through. We want our drivers to use the following guidelines. For weight: use 12,000 for the steers, and 34000 for each tandem with a gross weight of 80,000 lbs.  For length: use 41 feet or 6 holes from the front with the exception of 3 states: (California 40 ft., Michigan 40 ft. 6 in., South Carolina 40 ft. 6 in.). If you have to deviate from this standard, please get permission from your fleet manager on the Qualcomm. We offer the following suggestions to help you stay legal:

1. Always scale your load. Many of our shippers do not have a scale and put an estimated weight on the bill of lading. If the shipper does have a scale, PTL still wants you to scale the load as soon as possible since most shippers do not have a certified scale.

2. If you have a problem with your load being either overweight or over length, please send your Fleet Manager a Qualcomm message explaining your problem. If your problem is overweight, please list the weight on all 3 axles plus the gross weight, plus your bridge law setting, (6th hole), and your fuel amount, (3/4 tank). Your Fleet Manager will send you instructions over the Qualcomm about how to proceed. Please wait until you get instructions over the Qualcomm from your Fleet Manager to return to the shipper or to move your axles. 

3. Length limit messages may be sent to the truck. If you get a load to California you will receive a message to set your length at 40 feet or 3 holes from the front. Please get your load legal for all the states you will be traveling through. If you are dropping a California load in El Paso you still need to get the load legal for California before you leave the pickup area. 

4. If you pick up a load at a drop lot or in a swap. You are still responsible to scale each load you hook to. Please keep in mind that some of our trucks weigh less than others so even if the load was legal for the first driver it may not be legal for your truck without some adjustment. The first driver may not have a co-driver and extra set of gear.  

5. If you get into a situation during your trip where you have to apply your brakes hard to avoid an accident, do not hesitate to rescale your load at the next truck stop you get to with cat scales.  We have had several instances where drivers had to do emergency braking which caused their cargo to move causing their  load to become overweight.

6. If you do get a citation for being overweight or over length. Please scan that citation both front and back with a yellow log cover sheet to Driver Services within 24 hours. If you scan the citation with your bill of lading please send Driver Services a Qualcomm message 21 with the confirmation number so we will know we need to get the paperwork from Finance. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Profiles of Success - Byron Christy

I had the pleasure of meeting Byron Christy as I sat down to talk to him about his success as a trainer. I immediately liked him and understood how he did so well as a trainer. He was a nice guy to just sit and talk to. He showed me pictures—not just of his wife and family—but pictures of his past trainees. He told me stories about them, where they came from and what they’re doing now, and even had an incoming phone call during our conversation from a past trainee. That spoke volumes of Byron’s nature. I would like to share with you what I learned about Byron Christy and what made him the trainer he was.

Byron had over 20 years of driving experience. He has driven both local and over the road, and during his career he had the unfortunate experience of working for three companies he thought he could retire from but ended up closing their doors. When he signed on with PTL, he hoped that this company would last. When he was told to watch the video of Mr. Waller, he said he was nervous that he was with yet another company that was closing. After watching Mr. Waller say that PTL was now employee-owned instead of closing, Byron said he actually cried tears of joy. He had finally found a place to call home. Byron said that he wanted to stay with PTL until they closed their doors or he made it as a gospel singer. He often would play his guitar while over the road with trainees.

He started training after some convincing from other trainers. He had trained in the past at a different company, and after hearing good comments from others that were trainers, he decided to give it a try here.

Byron said training is both a challenge and exciting because he gets to meet different people and has to learn how to learn how to work with people of all types. “You get to pass on something,” Byron said, “and you can teach someone to be safe and appreciate the highway.”

He had two aunts that were killed by truck drivers. He passes on to his trainees that the truck can destroy someone’s life, so you have to be cautious. “Respect the road and everyone inside the vehicles,” he said. “You have to drive safe because that’s someone’s family in that vehicle and you want someone to be safe with your family in their vehicle.”

Byron told his trainees that he has 20 years of knowledge and to please pick his brain. He taught them not only the safest way to do everything, but also gave them extra tips on how to perform duties like sliding their tandems. He said that he always had pride in what he did and tried to teach his trainees to have pride in themselves and their job. “Have respect for the vehicle you’re driving,” Byron said. “You’re driving an 80,000 pound piece of steel. Don’t get too comfortable in the truck. If you get too comfortable, you get distracted and lose your focus on driving.”

Byron said that driving is like being in the military or being a police officer. You have to have a strong wife and strong family to back you.  He was able to take his family with him at different times in his career. He said that he had never really noticed the little things along the way because he drives daily and feels like its normal to him. He took his son to New Mexico and his son said “Wow, Dad, that’s a plateau!” His son rode with him into New York City once and was amazed to see a chipmunk. He had never seen a chipmunk in Florida before. His daughter saw snow for the first time while over the road with him. His wife rode to Arizona with him and he had to explain to her about snakes and scorpions on the side of the road.

Byron was an asset to Paschall Truck Lines, Inc., and will be missed.

Profiles of Success - Steven Ramos

Steven Ramos has well over 1.5 million safe driving miles and has chosen to pass along his knowledge of trucking by becoming a trainer.

“I was approached by Dennis Burkeen a while back” Ramos said. “He said I was qualified to be a trainer and I wouldn’t have any problems, so I took his advice and did it.”

“It’s a very hard life,” Ramos said. “You have to have a lot of patience.” Sometimes, people have questions that may seem stupid to you, but it’s an honest question to them and you have to have the patience to explain it to them. They’re new drivers and you have to remember they don’t know as much as you.

When asked about his 1.5 million mile safety award, Ramos said he does show trainees the sticker on the side of the truck. “I cover my name up when I show it to them. My name is just a name—the most important part of that sticker is SAFETY. Safety is always number one.” They can have trust in me, he continued. If they have a question, I am always honest with them. I don’t say I know it all, but I have those 1.5 million safe miles.

“If they have questions ahead of time before they get in truck, I ask them to write it down, so when we come along to it we can discuss it. If I can’t give them a good definition of what they want to know, I let someone else handle it. I call someone else, another trainer, to give them their perspective on it and answer it.”

Ramos says that he will take some time off from training so he does not get burned out, and then become a trainer again. “It’s not easy, it is a stressful job,” he said.