DRD Equiptment is a SAFETY HAZARD
| According to the
"Safer" website, the ISS
(Inspection Selection System) rating for DRD MotorSports is
ISS Recomendation: INSPECT Basis
for Recomendation: SAFETY
Using the ISS,
Companies are rated 0-100, with 0 - 49 = PASS (no inspection
necessary); 50 - 74 = OPTIONAL (might be worth look); and
75 - 100 = INSPECT (Inspection
Every piece of
equiptment that DRD Motorsports operaates on the roads is a
safety hazard, with MAJOR DEFECTS including:
NUMEROUS occasions, I had told David Derderian that a truck (or
trailer) needed a tire and he said "...it will wait until you
get back". His "wait till later" attitude was the major
cause of the catastrofic tire failure that damaged the 30ft Bayliner
as well as the damage to the fairings on the left side of truck #8.
- Balding tires, tires with cuts, gouges or
with steel belts exposed
- Defective brakes on many of the trailers,
including leaking hydraulic cylinders, air leaks or brakes
- Holes in the exhaust or mufflers.
- Major oil leaks in engines and/or
- Doors on trucks broken or inoperable.
- Lights on trucks and trailers missing or
- Wiring on trailers defective.
- Air ride on trailers defective.
I informed him more than once that the truck
#8 had two (silver dollar sized) large holes in the
muffler. (WAIT TILL LATER) He told me that
the first trailer I pulled had "air over hydraulic" brakes, but he
did NOT tell me that there was a major fluid leak on one side of the
trailer until two days later, when I was in Missouri. He said he
didn't know where the leak was exactly but suggested I "keep an eye
on it and by the way there is a gallon of BRAKE FLUID in the box on
the trailer" I discovered the location of the leak within 45 minutes
of being informed of it. Almost 5 weeks after I first pulled this
trailer, the leak hadn't been repaired yet even though the
trailer was still being used. Another trailer, if you applied the
brakes hard, the brakes would lock up and drag until you beat
on the S-CAM shaft with a hammer.
the first truck I drove had been in an accident at one time and the
passenger door would not stay closed. I was forced to tie the door
shut with rope to keep it closed. That truck also leaked about a
gallon of oil every 700 miles or so, and I went thru about 7 gallons
of oil going from Michigan to San Diego and back. In addition, the
driver door quit working and I was forced to use the left-side door
for entry and exit.
on at least two of the trailers was in shambles, with wire twisted
together and the connections weren't water-proofed but only
protected by vinyl tape. Some of the lights didn't work, even after
replacing the bulbs and I suspect wiring was the