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Conversations in a suana
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Posted December 20, 2011 at 3:09PM
Whilst 'chilling' in the sauna after a work out - the chat usually centres around footy or what the season plans are so the the following piece made a welcome change and to me a surprising piece of information.
One of us described the latest antic of a truck driver trying to fit his 10 ft wide container truck up a 6 foot alley - because that what the sat nav told him, and the thousands of pounds worth of damage to vehicle and property it caused.
I added my comment of frequently seeing large vehicles wending their way up my road when in fact they should be one road to the north- including on one occasion a transporter with 10 cars up- and the sight of the driver trying to back into a cul de sac to turn back the way he came from.
One of us, a driving instructor, commented that none of this is necessary now because there are now 'Large vehicle' cards available now and he remarked on a friend who used such a device because he draws a caravan when on vacation.
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Posted December 23, 2011 at 11:19AM
alan14- they wouldnt be permitted to 'overnight' so close to the depot. Another driver would be sent out in a van to bring the truck back.
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Posted December 23, 2011 at 3:16PM
What about Eddie Stobart, don't they have on-site parking with recreation/washing/toilet facilities for drivers staying over night?.
Also on a recent television program series about Eddie Stobart, there appeared to be penalties for too early or too late deliveries. Plus other devices and methods that observed what the trucks and drivers were doing, at any given time?.
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Posted December 23, 2011 at 3:34PM
On site parking with recreation facilities. Hmmm. Have to think about that. In the past it usually meant 4 plastic chairs and a formica table in an unheated hut stinking of stale cigarettes with a tv set that you werent allowed to change the channel on.
Showers. About 10 years ago I used to be a subbie (the lowest form of life) for a lerge transport company on birch industrial estate. They had showers, which also were in an unheated building. They were electric, and you had to ask at the transport desk to use them. They would give you 5 minutes to get back to them then press a button on a timer that gave you 1 minute of hot water, no more. But no restrictions were placed on the use of cold showers.
Toilet facilities for drivers. Trust me on this when I say you really dont want me to start discussing this here and now.
As for stobarts themselves, you are asking the wrong person. As a former owner driver who lost all his work and truck to the green menace deadheading back empty from their delivieries I hold my hand up to more than a slight bit of prejudice on their part. (6 months later my former customers contacted me saying it was the worst thing they had ever done, with erratic service and an uncaring attitude being their reward for saving 2% on their transport costs, and could I resume service? but it was too late then as I had already sold up)
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