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Jeremy P.'s Comment
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I've already taken the drug/ hair follicle tests so all that's let is for me to go up to Marshfield for training.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I find it hard to believe that they will again, 2 weeks later, pay for another DOT physical, urinalysis, and hair follicle drug test.

Which is exactly why they may do another drug test. A lot of people will figure they're in the clear after passing one and make the mistake of partying a little to celebrate.

Just when you think people can't be that dumb they'll come through for you. I was taking a drug/alcohol test for a company at 8:00 a.m. and a breathalyzer was part of it. I laughed and asked the guy, "Do people really fail pre-employment breathalyzer tests for a trucking job at eight in the morning?" He said, "You'd better believe it. Happens regularly."

All of these company-sponsored programs will also tell you not to drink any alcohol during your training and do not get caught in any of the local bars. Sure enough they'll make a random sweep of the bars in the area and they always send some people home. They were just told they would lose their jobs if they did that but you'll always get a few idiots that will run right out and do it anyhow.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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I'll just add another little thought to this and that is that these trucking companies are required by federal law to do a certain percentage of random drug tests on their drivers. They can count your drug test in that number, and when you show up for orientation you are an easy target for a random test, just because you are there and available. I stay out of terminals as much as possible for reasons that have nothing to do with drug testing, but I have to show up for regularly scheduled maintenance on my truck. Guess what? They will often times grab me for a random drug test - just because I'm there! They are not concerned with the expense, they are concerned that they are doing enough drug tests to meet the federal requirements.

You couldn't find a guy who is more likely to pass a drug test than me, yet I have been random tested eight times in the past two years!

You just never know when you will be tested in this business.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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Heck, they random tested me in PA. A few days later I'm on my way to Minnesota from Nashville TN and they made me detour to Gary IN for a follow up. I was basically 6 hours from making the delivery in MN and was sidetracked 4-5 hours to do another test in IN. They apparently care vary little about the actual cost compared to compliance.

Jeremy P.'s Comment
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I don't drink anyhow so no worries on that. I'm just thrilled to get the chance to be a trucker honestly. Most people I've talked to, outside of here and a few friends that have or are truckers, told me it is a bad idea.

IR0ND0G's Comment
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As I suspected, they changed the way they do it. You are given the hair drug test and urinalysis so they know results Before You waste their time. We were not given the same tests again. Only a blood pressure and heart rate test. We became employees as soon as we started this morning. Obviously we need to pass tests and get issued our CDL , but otherwise it is everything as it was explained. We are fed an extremely good meal at lunch as an added bonus. Instructors are veteran OTR drivers that appear to be very knowledgeable, helpful, and honest about what to expect and what is expected.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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