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David badgers employees to violate HOS Regulations

 

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David Derderian places "satisfying his customer" over safety!

     DRD Motorsports has a HORRIBLE OOS (Out Of Service) RATE. His OOS Rate for equipment is a whopping 30%! (24.6% National Avg 2005 - 2006) and 14.7% Driver OOS Rate (117% National Avg 2005 - 2006). Even though SAFER WEB gives DRD Motorsports a "satisfactory" rating, it is misleading unless you understand they give only TWO ratings; Satisfactory OR Fail.

   Several conversations with David over a six-week period, heated at times to the point of a screaming match has convinced me of one thing: He is MORE CONCERNED with satisfying his "customers" than he is with the safety of his drivers and the Public in General.
   I was first exposed to his "attitude" about Federal Regulations and Safety when he repetedly peppered me with questions, such as: "Why did you log it this way", or "Why did you log 4 hours loading" (or unloading). To me it was SIMPLE, because I attempted to log it as I drove it and it TOOK 4 hours (or longer) to load the boat(s). When I replied as such, he would say "I only log 15 minutes or 1/2 hour loading. Who is going to know the difference?"
   Then these "discussions" often deteriorated to him saying (SCREAMING actually) "My Customers are of utmost importance", "I HAVE to keep my Customers happy" or "You MUST meet my customers schedule". Even after repeatedly telling him that I "could not" because of too many miles to drive in the alloted time or did not have enough hours to arrive at the customer LEGALLY, he always demanded I "get there or else". My first load was a TWO DROP, first was in Huntington Beach CA and second was at Shelter Island, San Diego. (100 miles)
   Then pick-up the next morning in Alameda, CA (500 miles) and be in Abilene, TX first thing on Monday morning. (1695 miles avoiding LA and Phoenix area traffic) Naturally, 2300 miles might not ba a problem in 3 days (33 hours) at 69.7 mph average. A good driver can always "fudge" a little on his LOG BOOK and at least make appear to be legal.
 
 But in California, thru traffic and road construction? Also consider his SHITTY equiptment, with the inoperable passenger door and the driver's door which quit working completely in Casa Grande, AZ and took me 4 1/2 hours in the hot sun to get open. Give me a break. Then you need to figure that at some point I "run out of hours" and need a "34 hour re-set", which I did, much to the displeasure of David Derderian, who swore at me profusely for doing so.


   The LAST STRAW was when I picked up a 70' mast in New Baltimore, MI for BASS HARBOR, ME. (1250 miles US roads only) The mast was supposed to be ready at 7am on a Wednesday, with delivery scheduled Thursday afternoon. The Mast wasnt ready until 10:30am and it took 1 1/2 hours to load and secure it. I left there at noon and drove until sometime around midnight and stopped in Binghamton, NY. David called me about 7:30 am and was pleased that I had gotten that far but was really angry that I refused to leave the TA until at least 10am (when my manditory 10 hr break was up) He yelled and swore at me because I was supposed to be in Jersey City NJ first thing in the morning to load a boat for Rodgers MN and need to unload the mast before 5pm.
   I still don't understand HOW he expected me to drive over 600 miles from Binghamton NY to the point of delivery then with-out taking a break, drive 500 miles overnight to Jersey City.
  I hit accident back-up traffic in NY, Albany NY and Boston area RUSH HOUR plus a 7 mile back-up at the Mass/NH state line at the tool booth. The last 45 miles to Bass Harbor are mostly rough rural roads, most of which had road construction and 15 miles of the road is GONE completely, with only packed mud as a temporary road surface. I got to Bass Harbor about 11pm Thursday and proceded to get his low trailer high-centered in the middle of the road, forcing me to call TWO wreakers to pull me loose. Had David Derderian's EQUIPTMENT not being DEFECTIVE, I could have used the AIR-RIDE suspension to raise the trailer off it's captive roadbed. TIME WASTED: 3 hours COST: $375
   In the morning the customer was not happy that I could not deliver the mast to his shop, but he made other arraingemnts to lift the mast off where I was parked and put it on a shorter trailer. No real problem, until (I had to set my SPRINT PCS phone to analog roaming because David's phone got NO signal) I had to call David and explain the situation (the night before and the unloading problem) He came UNGLUED! He CUSSED and SWORE at me so loud, the guy unloading the mast heard him screaming thru my phone. I told David (as I had warned him several times before) that if I do something wrong, I expect to be told, but to NEVER SCREAM or CUSS at me. He continued his insane tirade, calling me several vulgar names, telling me that I dont make the "rules" HE DOES.
   I hung up on the freak twice.
   When I left, because of road construction and driving conditions, it took me 7 hours to get from Bass Harbor to Greenland NH. There was no phone coverage from Bass Harbor ME to Portsmouth NH, so I left Davids phone hooked up to the charger in the bunk. While I was going thru Portsmouth, Davids phone started ringing. I was driving and could not reach it, so I let it ring. After stopping long enough in Greenland NH for fuel, I did not stop again until I got to the TA in Willington CT about 7:30 pm for dinner. Of course I called David which lead to another one of the above screaming matches with him saying sometihng like "I have had dozens  of drivers and YOU are the ONLY one who reufses to d what I say".....
   How can a company with only three trucks have "dozens of drivers" if it is not the fault of poor management or the attitude of the owner?
   I taped MOST of our last conversation, but unfortunately I was unaware that my little recorder ran out of tape before the conversation was over. I DO have some good recordings of David and his attitude toward the people who make him money, though and I will be placing portions of it on here soon, I hope.