Mark down the date and time
Friday September 19th
Replay of show
Professional CDL truck driver Abe Attallah was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20 regarding the topic of Safety in the Trucking Industry. Also interviewed for the segment were relatives of comedian James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, who was killed during the famous Tracey Morgan “Walmart Crash”. The show is scheduled to be aired on Friday 9/12/14 at 10 PM.
As many may remember back in March, Mr Attallah, while working for K&B Transportation, notified his dispatcher that he was too fatigued to drive. Truck drivers have the full right and authority to determine when it is unsafe to drive, period. ( FMCSA Regulation § 392.3
Once the dispatcher is informed by the driver, the conversation should be over, but that is not what happened to Abe. Read more
Mr Attallah recorded the conversation between himself and dispatch. He had experienced this kind of behavior in the past and decided to have evidence of it this time. The video was made to submit to K& B as proof, but Abe said that when he did submit it to the safety department, their reply to him was, “that’s how we do things here at K&B….. . At that point he made the video public. Richard Wilson of TCRG consulting spoke to Abe and then notified FMCSA soon after the incident occurred. FMCSA was “enlightened” of this type of behavior ( which prior to this incident, they had only “heard” of such occurrences)
After the video went viral on YouTube, the owner of K&B apologized to Abe. Abe stayed for 3 more weeks with K&B, however, the company continued to stack his breaks and he had two more incidents with the same dispatchers that were recorded in the video. Abe decided to then quit.
Recently Abe got a copy of his DAC report from HireRight, and instead of a comment by K&B on his DAC, Abe has told us that it says to call them ( K&B) for more details. Gotta love the DAC report… and the companies that use it for retaliation.
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