MAKE SURE YOU PASS YOUR DRUG SCREENING

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Philip K.'s Comment
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I started trucking school with Swift Transport about 1 month ago. I got all my ducks in order. Spotless driving record, got my doctor to get my hypertension down, my vision corrected, and my hernia signed off.started my classes the first week got my medical certificate, past my test and got my cdl permit. After the first week they told me my drug screen came back positive for methamphetamine. So they booted me. And from what I under

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.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Maverick (Tom H).'s Comment
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Need to finish the story ............

Philip K.'s Comment
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I started trucking school with Swift Transport about 1 month ago. I got all my ducks in order. Spotless driving record, got my doctor to get my hypertension down, my vision corrected, and my hernia signed off.started my classes the first week got my medical certificate, past my test and got my cdl permit. After the first week they told me my drug screen came back positive for methamphetamine. So they booted me. And from what I understand I can do the return to duty program. The return to duty program is for employees, what I don't understand is swift hadn't actually hired me yet. I was getting ready to go to orientation when I got booted. I am totally confused on this, I also applied for a DAC report, to see if this is on my driving record. I'm willing to do what ever DOT requires of me, for I want to make the truck driving my career. Does anyone have any advice for me.?

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.

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.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Chad C.'s Comment
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I assume you take Adderall for ADD and that caused the positive result on you're drug test? Did you tell them up front you have a script from your doctor? Can't see how you could be let go because of a prescribed medication. I'm sorry to hear this. I also take adderall and start school in 10 days so thank you for sharing your situation. I can function without it so I think I'll take the safe route and not take it.

The Dude's Comment
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Do you take workout supplements? When I first started I was a gym rat and i was taking creatine and a fat burning supplement and I was concerned one of these would cause a false positive for amphetamines. Many GNC products will positive you.

animal's Comment
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I am a driver for 25 yrs and never came across a company that does hair follicle tests. Until recently i was informed that JB Hunt and CR England do the hair follicle tests. Are there more companies that are going this rout and who are they? I have a 21 yr old son looking to start trucking. he has been clean for about a month now, and after research i have found that the hair follicle test goes back only 3 mths. He can pass a urine test but.......... Any and all help will be appreciated.

Josh S.'s Comment
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Prime does urinalysis only

Phil C.'s Comment
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I am a driver for 25 yrs and never came across a company that does hair follicle tests. Until recently i was informed that JB Hunt and CR England do the hair follicle tests. Are there more companies that are going this rout and who are they? I have a 21 yr old son looking to start trucking. he has been clean for about a month now, and after research i have found that the hair follicle test goes back only 3 mths. He can pass a urine test but.......... Any and all help will be appreciated.

Several topics already exist here for this, search is your friend:

http://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-971/Page-1/dot-drug-testing-urinalysis-or-hair-follicle

http://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Topic-2642/Page-1/what-type-of-drug-testing-is-done-at-major-trucking-companies

Phil

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.

T-money The Trucker's Comment
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Knight Transportation does urine and hair follicle testing

animal's Comment
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FYI: UA only

Brannan Construction

Central Refrigerated

Covenant

Crete

KLLM/FFE (Hair and UA)

May Company

Navajo

Old Dominion Freight Line

PAM

Prime

Stevens

Swift

WEL Companies (UA if you have no prior drug test fail)

Werner

Western Express

Hair Follicle only

(Let's just assume that if they do hair follicle, then they also do UA because hair is more comprehensive anyway)

Both UA and Hair Follicle

Averitt Express

Celadon

Comcar CTL

Con-way

CR England

Cyprus

Gordon Trucking

Interstate

JB Hunt

Maveric

Melton

Knight

Roehl

Schneider

Super Service LLC (hair follicle at random)

TMC

Wel Companies (hair test used if you do have a prior drug test fail)

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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