I was on my way to picking up a load from a shipper in Ft Worth, TX. On the way there I got lost. This is not a big deal, it happens all the time. I usually make my way to the nearest main road, re-orientate myself and proceed to my destination. This time was no different. While trying to get to the nearest highway I came across an 18 wheeler that was pulled over by the police. I didn’t give it much thought. I thought to myself there might have been an accident or something. I slowed down and tried to pass. The cop walked out in front of the truck and blocked my path. I let down my window. It looked like he had something to say to me. After I came to a complete stop he walked over to driver side, he told me this was a no truck zone and to pull off to the side in front of the other truck he had already pulled over.
|I snapped a pic of the cop in the driver side flat mirror while waiting for him to finish with the first driver.|
Later on while holding a small note pad he asked me what kind on g.p.s. I had. Then he went on to say he was trying to get the g.p.s. company’s to change that road to a no truck zone. Then he went on to say he had some prior success with Garmin. This must have been a fairly recent addition to the no truck zones is this area. I thought he was going to give me a warning. I was wrong about that. Not only did he give me a ticket, he stopped a third truck for the same thing prior to finishing up with me.
|This is the truck he stopped while finishing up with me.|
To make a long story short, briefly getting lost cost me and at least two other truck drivers more than $200 each.
There is a no truck sign there. However many shippers and receivers are in the middle of residential areas as a result of poor zoning. Then no truck signs end up getting abused and overly used. Then us truck drivers find our self’s in a position of being incapable of making a delivery or pick up without passing at least one no truck sign. No amount of trip planning is going to get around that. Nine days after getting the ticket I had to make a delivery on South Victoria Street.
|The truck on the right is the truck I drive. The picture was taken with my shoulder blades parallel to the dock plate.|
Once again the same street I was delivering on was a no truck zone. I’m dammed if I do, I’m dammed I don’t. No matter what I do I can’t seem to go more than a few months without getting a ticket. It’s obvious I need some kind of protection if I want to continue driving commercially. P.T.L. offers discounted legal services for a weekly fee. It is called drivers legal plan. I signed up for that legal service. Hopefully that will be enough to keep my professional driving career a float.