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ODOT’s Truck Safety Hotline

Posted by on October 14th, 2005 at 2:59 pm

The next time a trucker gives you a spook or does anything you feel is illegal or dangerous, call ODOT’s Truck Safety Hotline at (800) 248-6783. You can also fill out an online form about the incident.

According to ODOT’s website they take the calls and reports seriously:

“…if enough information is received about an incident and the truck involved we will send a letter to the company responsible. The Hotline receives more than 100 reports each year and letters are sent to the companies responsible asking them to look into each complaint…In the majority of cases, companies respond to the reports by counseling or reprimanding the driver involved and they often place a letter in the driver´s file. Sometimes companies will deny the allegation, report that certain information is simply inaccurate, or offer a satisfactory explanation for the incident. In response to several calls each year, companies report that a driver resigned or was fired.”

I’m not saying all truckers are bad. Remember this post from back in August? It’s definitely worth another read.

And for a bunch of other useful numbers check out this post.

(thanks to Jessica Roberts of the BTA for pointing out this great resource).

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  • Michael October 14, 2005 at 3:30 pm

    How extremely timely of you to post this! I asked a beer truck driver for the second time today to please stop parking across the bike lane on SE Hawthorne by a couple of taverns near the bridge. Today is sassed me. I am giving him a 3rd chance and I called his boss and asked him to nicely ask the driver to correct his delivery habit. I did not say anything about the sassing or this being a 2nd request. I don’t want the guy to get in trouble, just park safely and not put bikes in jeopardy. Next time, if there is one, will be an ODOT report.

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  • Dan October 17, 2005 at 8:02 am

    Does this apply to trucks blocking the bike route also? I commute from Vancouver and when passing the Ross Island site on N Marine Drive (across from the Expo Center), the trucks are sometimes blocking the sidewalk while they hose them off. This causes me to have to either try to squeeze between their front bumper and traffic on Marine Drive, or ride through the loading area (slick and wet). Not the way I want to end my commuting day.

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  • Roger Geller October 18, 2005 at 9:23 am

    Dan,

    It sounds like it would apply. They cannot park or stop on the sidewalk to perform a work function like that.

    Roger Geller

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  • Janis October 18, 2005 at 4:45 pm

    Jonathan,
    Thank you for making this information available. Yesterday a Ross Island Sand and Gravel truck decided to cross the line into my bike lane on Interstate. He gave me about 3 feet making me feel very unsafe. I actually put on my brakes to get away from him. Anyway, of course I caught back up with him in order to get the plate number. I reported him to ODOT and called his company. Thanks for giving me a voice!
    Janis

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