Marten Transport treated me well as a new driver out of CDL training. I was impressed with their organization and treatment of drivers.However, for what ever reason I was unlucky to be assigned older tractors. Being a new driver I understood that reasoning.
However, I believe Marten Transport incorrectly and in a retaliatory nature indicated I abandoned my last load and tractor. This is totally inaccurate and misleading.
When I resigned I was not under a load and I did not have a trailer or any trailer assigned to me. I had already delivered all my loads and dropped a empty trailer at Hospira Inc., in Round Rock Texas as directed to by dispatch.
I informed dispatch that this newly assigned tractor has a very soft clutch, steering problems and a broken window frame and needs repair. I was told by dispatch to take the tractor home on my approved home time and call maintenance. I drove to my house for my approved home time and called Marten maintenance the next day.
I reported that this is my second assigned tractor in less than 30 days and I explained the problems.
Maintenance provided me with a authorization #315266 for repairs. I was then directed to drive the tractor to Peterbuilt for those repairs. I drove the tractor to Peterbuilt in Buda, Texas during my home time and signed it over to them as directed.
I was told by the Peterbuilt service dept., it would take about a week to complete the repairs. I was explained that the repairs are covered under warranty due manufactures defect.
This was the third breakdown within 30 days driving with Marten. On two previous occasions that month my first tractor an older truck and then a reefer broke down.
My first 30 days as a new driver for Marten and I spent allot of time off the road dealing with these maintenance issues.
Therefore, while this second truck was being repaired and after talking it over with my wife, I provided Marten with a written resignation under the "At Will" provision Marten HR had me sign at Orientation.
I e-mailed it twice to HR and my dispatcher.
After I sent my resignation No Marten authority ever contacted me or told me to pick up the tractor from Peterbuilt or drive it anywhere else other than where I was directed to take it. Additionally, Marten has a drop yard facility just down the road towards San Antonio.
I recently learned that Marten placed a negative and untrue code on my DAC report. 955 Unauth. Location - With Notice (QUIT UNDER LOAD/ABANDONMENT). This notation by Marten on my DAC is extremely inappropriate, unreasonable and unnecessary.
This act is damaging to my professionalism as a driver especially since I did not abandon anything. I believe that is the worst thing a driver could do.
I have no accidents, no tickets, no criminal history or anything negative in my background. As a rookie Marten allowed me to solo just after 2 1/2 weeks.
I was always on time with my loads and paperwork even with the breakdowns. What is funny about this entire matter is, Marten also indicates I am eligible for rehire on my DAC. That doesn't make sense if I acted the way they said I did.
In fact I contacted Randy Marten personally. He stated to me Marten did not place this negative info on my DAC, and he has nothing to do with DAC reporting.
I have all the e-mails to prove this.
Marten Transport and Randy Marten himself knows I did not do what they are inferring on my DAC.
I am hoping that an attorney or a governmental authority will look not only my issue, but into all the reported FALSE DAC reports.
Good drivers that can prove they did no wrong and being retatilated against for evil untruths is bad for the entire trucking industry.
I am hoping to cleared this falsehood up soon.