Who is responsable?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pjslawncare/landscap, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    This is just a scenario. Your procedure manual clearly states that drivers check oil, tires, trailer connection to hitch and all lights including trailer lights are functioning properly. End of day driver returns with a ticket he got falure to have fuctioning tail lights on trailer. He insists he checked them before he left. Does he pay ticket or do you?
     
  2. chimmygew

    chimmygew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 576

    You pay. No way to prove that your employee did not check lights. Give him a warning. Every year at some point I have to put a new plug on due to corrosion on connections. Never know when it needs it until it just stops working.
     
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    sorry pj, pay the ticket. since you werent there, you have to give the employee the benefit of the doubt. if he says he checked, then maybe he did. there is no way to tell.
     
  4. naturescaretaker

    naturescaretaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 851

    Agreed PJ.... You'll have to pay the ticket. However, check the inspection sheet and make sure they are completed every day.
     
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Get out your checkbook PJ. Most likely something happened to them during the day.
     
  6. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    Generally lights won't just stop working in the middle of the night when they aren't getting used. So if they worked when he parked it, it's safe to say they worked when he checked them in the morning.
     
  7. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    Since it is your truck, you'd be the one to pay the ticket.
     
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    YOU PAY for equipment violations. the employee pays for operational violations.

    personally, it sounds like the COP was a hardass unless the cop was DOT.

    GEO
     
  9. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    "personally, it sounds like the COP was a hardass unless the cop was DOT."

    Thankfully I haven't had any run ins with the DOT (or police for that matter) but I have heard stories that they can be real sticklers.
     
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    it sounds like the cop was a few ticks short of making his quota. bad timing
     

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