Texas Truck Driver Says He Was Fired for Listing Jesus as His Co-Driver in Logbook

LogRIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas — A truck driver in Texas says that he was fired for listing Jesus as his co-driver on log sheets that he is required to complete.

According to reports, all truck drivers across the United States must keep a logbook, and one of the sections asks for the name of the co-driver.

Ramiro Olivarez decided to write in Jesus in the section since he rides by himself, but believes that God is always with him.

“The graph on there is strictly Ramiro Olivarez. And Jesus is my co-driver, and that’s my belief. That he’s with me,” he told KRGV-TV.

But he said that he was fired from On Point Services, LLC. in Falfurrias for this practice. Olivarez was submitted with a letter of termination that accused him of “submitting incomplete documentation and falsifying legal documents.” It also stated that writing Jesus in as his co-driver was a violation of both federal and Texas law.

While the company isn’t making specific comment about the matter at this time, a representative from the Department of Public Safety told KRGV-TV that sometimes drivers falsify their logbooks so that they can drive further than allowed. The publication “The Trucker” also states that it reached out to the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and was informed that writing Jesus’ name in the section would be “considered falsification of a logbook.”

But Olivarez says that he did not lie in the documents, and that he sees nothing wrong with writing Jesus’ name in the section.

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“Jesus is my co-driver, and I have no shame in that,” he stated.

Olivarez said that he also received no warning that there was a problem with his practice, and that if he had been approached about the matter, he would have stopped.

Reaction to the matter has been mixed.

“I side with the employer on this one. Jesus is not here in human flesh at this time. The legal meaning of co-driver is obviously a human person,” one commenter wrote. “The driver was being cute, but there are a lot of Mexicans and others who have ‘Jesus’ (pronounced hey-soos) as their first name and it throws people off.”

“He was showing his love for the Lord. This is no different than answering ‘Jesus’ to the question ‘Who is your best friend?'” another stated. “If the company didn’t like it, they should have said something to him after the first time.”

“I applaud the man’s faith and willingness to stand for Christ. If he wanted to paint that on his truck I’d gladly give him a honk and a wave,” a third commented. “But I can see the point of the company. That said, a warning, fine or suspension and instructions to strictly follow the rules regarding entry into his legal driving log should have been done first before terminating him. Prayers that he is able to appeal this, and somehow get back to work soon.”


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  • thoughtsfromflorida

    “But Olivarez says that he did not lie in the documents, and that he sees nothing wrong with writing Jesus’ name in the section.”

    The space is for the name of a person who is actually assisting in the driving duties, as required by law. He was not “Fired for Listing Jesus as His Co-Driver in Logbook” – he was fired for falsifying a legal document.

    He is certainly free to view whatever he cares to as being right or wrong. That does not, however, change the law.

    ” This is no different than answering ‘Jesus’ to the question ‘Who is your best friend?’” another stated”

    Yes, dear, it is vastly different. There is no legal form that requires a person to list their “best friend”.,

  • Badkey

    Fired for lying. What’s the problem?

  • Peter Leh

    the log book is a legal document.

  • OneBreadOneBody

    The implication of this article is that Mr. Olivarez was being denied freedom of religious expression. My question to Heather Clark is this: would you have run this story if he were Muslim and entered “Allah” instead? Are you really for religious liberty or only religious liberty for evangelical christians?

  • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

    The implication of this article is that Mr. Olivarez was being denied
    freedom of religious expression. My question is this:
    would you have run this story if he were Muslim and entered “Allah”
    instead? Are you really for religious liberty or only religious liberty
    for evangelical christians?

  • Paul Hiett

    Stupid is as stupid does…

  • Cow_Bell

    Does jesus have a cdl?
    Did the guy check the box “can someone else claim you as a dependent” on his tax return?

    • Delle Elsom

      Yes He does! Creator Deliver Loving= CDL

  • tyler

    what an id iot..

  • Guest

    “Let
    everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority
    except that which God has established” (13:1) Does Mr. Olivarez think that he is honoring Christ by trivializing him like this?

  • Guest

    “Let
    everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority
    except that which God has established” (Roamns 13:1) Does Mr. Olivarez think that he is honoring Christ by trivializing him like this. He did not deserve to be fired without a reprimand, but he needs to have a long talk with his pastor (or priest, most likely). Oops! Did christiannews.net just confuse a Roman Catholic with a Christian?

    • Guest

      Thank you lord Guest

  • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

    “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority
    except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1)

    Does Mr. Olivarez think that he is honoring Christ by trivializing him like this. He did not deserve to be fired without a reprimand, but he needs to have a long talk with his pastor (or priest, most likely). Oops! Did christiannews.net just confuse a Roman Catholic with a Christian?

    • Delle Elsom

      Get Real! I would like to follow you around and see how you are acting! I’ll bet I would see things to criticize you but I’m not a Pharisee as you seem to be. I’m thankful you are not the judge and Christ JESUS is! GOD is the “ONLY” heart reader!

      • http://bbcatholics.blogspot.com/ OneBreadOneBody

        Good point, one that should be kept in mind by most of the people that post to this site. Unfortunately it is hard to carry on a debate without stating an opinion (as you just did). I’m sure you could follow anyone around and find things to criticize. Like you I am a sinner saved by grace and although it is not my will to sin the flesh is weak. Perhaps you should address the content of the post rather than demeaning the person who posted it.

  • NCOriolesFan

    Jesus may be HIS co-driver, but in my life Jesus is MY DRIVER and PILOT.

  • BarkingDawg

    so he falsified a legal document and is upset thither were consequences. too bad for him.

  • OldArkie

    Can Jesus be co anything to of humans?

  • thoughtsfromflorida

    No, he was fired for falsifying documents.