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    Irving, TX

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Kerry L.'s Bio

My route to a career in trucking has been an unconventional and interesting one. Life choices can and will have a lasting effect, so choose wisely in any and every situation. You never know when the next choice can impact the rest of your life.

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Posted:  5 hours, 30 minutes ago

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Check your medical card!

Friday afternoon I received a call from HR. They told me my medical card was due to expire and we needed to get an appt setup with their chosen physician. The last couple physicals I've had expired in mid December so I thought I had time it turns out it expires today (Dec. 1st). I completely forgot that last year we got it done a couple weeks early with all uncertainty and increased demand from covid. Clinic was closed Friday and all weekend so HR wasn't able to setup an appt until Monday. First available appt was today at 9am. Thankfully I was able to get it but due to DMVs requiring appointments I'm unable to get it updated in person and instead need to email it. No big deal but given how close I am to expiration the states system will show I'm not qualified to drive and I'll likely receive a letter in the mail I'll be downgraded in 15 days because I doubt they'll get it updated by the end of today. I'm still legal to drive because I indeed have a new medical card (and will keep in my possession) but this could have turned very differently and costly.

Just thought I'd share my experience to serve as a reminder to NOT rely on office staff to keep track of our status. Its your career on the line and driving with an expired med card is NOT what you want. Not only will your career be negatively impacted but the fines and penalties are severe as well. Depending on your state you could be looking at a fine of $2,500 to $5,000 plus potentially a year in jail. And for those wondering there is no grace period for an expired med card and the covid exemptions ended yesterday (Nov. 30th 2021)

According to federal regulation that Dutch Maid Logistics has explained to us, it doesn't matter if you have a medical card in possession. It is required to be attached to your license with state agency. I wouldn't take a chance on it. Training manager here at Dutch Maid Logistics told us during orientation that he has seen a couple of drivers with the company who had gotten physical completed, but hadn't taken it in to the state agency yet when pulled over. The drivers were cited, had to arrange for transportation from where DOT officer had shut them down. Company had to pay for recovery of the trucks in both instances. I wouldn't take a chance on it. Risking your CDL isn't worth it.

Posted:  5 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Drug Testing Concerns (Community College)

Hi all,

I was a live sound engineer before covid laid waste to the industry. I was lucky to find a work-from-home gig that paid the bills these last couple years. Since I was stuck at home, bored, and a little antsy I ended up smoking pot regularly.

Last month during a conversation with a good buddy I decided I want to drive a truck. It'll be nice to get out and see the country after 2 years locked in the house. Obviously the first thing I had to do is quit smoking and that was no problem. The second thing to do is learn everything there is to know about the job including training and certification. For that I've spent the last 3 weeks immersing myself in forums like this one. Up until now I've found answers to all my questions in previous postings. Only recently did I look into the drug testing regime and I've read some absolutely heart-breaking stories of drivers, some of which seemed like top-notch candidates, that had their careers extinguished before they even began due to a failed test.

I don't want to take ANY chances of going down that road. Twenty years of driving at $50k/year amounts to a million-dollar opportunity and I'd be a fool to jeopardize that so I want to take every measure I can to not fall afoul of the law. To that end I've ordered a couple different brands of at-home test kits and intend to have my own lab urinalysis done before I go for the school's test.

I'm 35 days clean at this point and classes don't start until January so I should have no trouble passing a urine test but I'd be toast if asked to take a hair test. I'm going through a community college program and the information packet says I'll be required to pass a drug test shortly after registration at the end of December, but they didn't specify whether it is a urine or follicle test. All I know about the test is that it costs $500. So my first question is does anybody know definitively which method is used by community colleges and does it vary from school to school or state to state? For those of you who've gone the college route, what was your experience?

My second question is do the community colleges report a failed or refused drug test to any governmental or third-party agencies (such as HireRight) either as a requirement or voluntarily?

I've already decided when I finish school I won't be interviewing with any company that uses follicle testing initially. I'll be 120 days out by then but I've read quite a few accounts where employers have gone back 6 months or even a year and I'm not going to chance it until I'm at least a year clean. Also I'm very concerned about second-hand smoke as my entire family continues to smoke and I can't afford to move out right now. The companies that manufacture the tests say it's "very unlikely" that 2nd-hand smoke can cause you to fail and they point to the fact that there are no peer-reviewed scientific studies that say you can. Obviously there are no studies to back their contention either but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence throughout this and other trucking forums. I take the manufacturer's word with a grain of salt because if they were aware of 2nd-hand smoke causing false positives it would be in their financial interests to keep that under wraps.

This brings me to my third line of inquiry. Is there any legal requirement that a company tell you up-front what method of drug test they require? Can I even trust the word of the recruiter if I were to ask them or could they tell me one thing and then spring a follicle test on me, forcing me to take a chance or refuse and am I correct that if I were to refuse that would be on my DAC by the end of the day and in a gov database within the year?

I appreciate any insights you may have on these subjects.

As far as I am aware, schools test according to federal regulation, so urinalysis within a certain number of days of starting school. Hair follicle will come into play when starting orientation at a company.

Posted:  5 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

Specifically:

No driver shall;

Be on duty or operate a commercial motor vehicle while the driver possesses wine of not less than one-half of one per centum of alcohol by volume, beer as defined in 26 U.S.C. 5052(a), of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or distilled spirits as defined in section 5002(a)(8), of such Code. However, this does not apply to possession of wine, beer, or distilled spirits which are:

(i) Manifested and transported as part of a shipment; or

(ii) Possessed or used by bus passengers.

Thank you, Turtle.

Posted:  5 hours, 32 minutes ago

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Class B to class A

I have 3 years of class B driving, what companies will hire me to make the transition to a class A driver thanks

It's the same companies that will hire someone with no experience driving a CMV at all. You will be treated as having no experience at all because driving a combination vehicle is substantially different from driving a class B vehicle.

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Posted:  15 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

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Kerry,

To people in states that have legalized smoking pot, it's no different than drinking alcohol to us. We don't think of it as a big deal that some company is going to get on our case for it because we smoked it months ago. I think it's really dumb, infact, and I don't even like weed. Definitely don't smoke it and then drive, but to use it responsibly? Sure, why not?

Also, nice pun.

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Even drinking alcohol IS a big deal to some companies. My first company told us (Orientation day 1) if you get caught drinking in the hotel bar OR with alcohol in your hotel room, you’ll be gone. And a few days later, some were. My current company says no alcohol in the truck, INCLUDING inside your body.

Please understand, these companies are putting us in control of hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars worth of equipment and freight. They’re unleashing us onto public roadways where many people consider driving secondary to watching videos on their phones and texting.

When you write the checks, hire the lawyers to defend your company against negligence charges or face the families of people your employees killed, you get to make the rules.

Something needs to be pointed out here:

Having any alcohol, even in a sealed container, is a violation of federal law. Having even a trace of alcohol (.02% BAC) will result in automatically being put out-of-service, by federal law. These are important distinctions because violations of carrier policy can result in a driver losing his/her job, whereas violations of federal law concerning the operation of a CMV can result of in a driver losing his/her freedom.

Posted:  15 hours, 19 minutes ago

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Knight Transportation, in Phoenix, in July. What the ...... was I thinking?

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Thanks for the update; I hear ya!

Any chance of going BACK to Knight, at some point??

~ Anne ~

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Anne,

Isn't your plan to get back on the road in a little over a month? Are ya counting the days?

If I were to have to go back to driving, then Knight would be my first choice. I have no complaints about them.

But (ain't there always a "but"?) -

I cannot see going back to driving unless the oilfield has a repeat of March, 2020. With the current regime trying to kill the oil business, I reckon that's always a possibility.

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Bush Country, there's always a little 'butt' .... yet/but my scale says otherwise; hahaha!!!

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My youngest turns 18 at the end of January; we are actively working on HIS life choices, and MINE!!!! Daddy drives a truck; so he's supportive either way.

This dang shoulder injury from 3 months ago is now MY quandary/dilemma . . . we shall see how it works out, hopefully sooner than later! I've got a HUGE opportunity of a ride along scheduled, that I can't fulfill until it's sorted out. Sux. Three points contact or I can't go.

Be safe, good sir. Stop IN here, sometimes! You still contribute! Post pix of the 'messies' even, haha!

As always, thanks~! Be good at what ya do!

~ Anne ~

Don't try to rush that shoulder. Keep the longview, big picture in mind. smile.gif

Posted:  15 hours, 20 minutes ago

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Dutch Maid Logistics -- Orientation/Training

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Good luck man. I hope Dutch Maid will be a good fit for you. Keep us posted.

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It definitely feels like a good fit so far.

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You KNOW I'm following, good sir.

Glad it's working out for ya. Extremely excited 4u!

ps: If you see a FAB Express rig tomorrow around or after 4 pm next door (almost!) at Pepperidge Farms, shout a HOWDY to Tom!! Either truck # 1213 or #2010 depending on weight. One's single screw; other's twin!!

~ Anne ~

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Posted:  1 day ago

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PSD/Orientation With Prime Inc., Springfield MO

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Not sure why this guy wanted to be a trainer.

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Money. That's why most of them become trainers, ESPECIALLY the Fleece Drivers.

Why else would someone volunteer for the extra stress and frustration, sacrifice miles driven, and surrender their space and privacy to a different stranger every few months? "Love of the industry"? Doubtful.

Hang in there! Eventually you'll be a solo driver. Just think of this as paying those dues.

Maybe some like the company? It does get lonely at times, right?

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

Kerry,

To people in states that have legalized smoking pot, it's no different than drinking alcohol to us. We don't think of it as a big deal that some company is going to get on our case for it because we smoked it months ago. I think it's really dumb, infact, and I don't even like weed. Definitely don't smoke it and then drive, but to use it responsibly? Sure, why not?

Also, nice pun.

I understand what you are saying, but it's not the companies making it a big deal. Whether anyone agrees with it or not, marijuana is a schedule 1 narcotic, according to the federal government. Trucking companies do not care at all about contradictory laws in any state. To protect themselves, trucking companies go beyond the federally required drug testing requirements to eliminate those who could pose a problem for the carrier, from a dru use standpoint.

Sometimes my puns are more punishment than anything; I mean they are puns.

Posted:  1 day ago

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Questions for my soon to be Roehl Peeps from a newbie

Got my permit!!! And got my contract letter!!! Found out I am going to Appleton not Marshfield. But that is cool. Start date is December 227th!!!

Awesome! Congrats! dancing-banana.gif

Ok, pretty sure that you meant December 27th.

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Posted:  1 day ago

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Dutch Maid Logistics -- Orientation/Training

Something else that I forgot...

Dutch Maid Logistics offers 3 days off for 11 days out. I will be on a little bit different schedule, at least when I want to take home time in Dallas. It will be more like 6-8 weeks out at a time. I will have to figure out as I go how much time at home I will be allowed/want to take at a time. Truthfully, I had already had the mentality that I want to stay out that long before taking home time. I don't have any expectation of being a super trucker who drives 600 miles/day straight off my trainers truck. I will do what I can while being out for weeks at a time until I have my stamina built up and see what kind of weekly miles I feel most comfortable driving.

Jeff has told us that this company has drivers who run as little as 1500 miles/week and perfectly happy running that. He said that there are also drivers averaging well over 3000 miles/week and do so by choice. Basically, the company will accommodate how individual drivers like to run and dispatchers plan the loads for various drivers based on those tendencies. Time will tell the type of driver that I ultimately end up choosing to be.

Posted:  1 day ago

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Dutch Maid Logistics -- Orientation/Training

Day 2 orientation:

Something that I forgot to mention that I learned on the first day is that with the new regulation going into effect next year concerning CDL training, Dutch Maid Logistics has plans to open its own school before the new regulation takes effect. I don't know any particulars other than it will be a certified training program.

Today we continued watching videos that are a rehash of what I learned in CDL school. No complaints because that was 18 months ago. Definitely nice to have the information refreshed.

Dutch Maid Logistics is very big into teaching the Smith System for defensive driving. Jeff, the head of training at DML, said that he can't formally teach the Smith System, but he and the trainers will provide us with the information to be able to use the parts that will benefit us most as drivers.

Up next tomorrow...

1) Videos of what happens when distracted driving in a CMV.

2) In a truck on the road and Smith System principles.

Posted:  1 day ago

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CDL with bad driving record...

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I have already applied there and they denied me. Didn't tell me why though. Have to contact their HR to find out. Have a buddy who knows Allen quite well. Was hoping that could help me. Thanks though.

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Howdy, Taylor T !

I'm from Manatee County, Florida myself.

Cypress (in Jax) now trains, as well.

Here's that: Cypress Truck Lines Florida

Best wishes!

~ Anne ~

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Dang, sorry! YW, though.

You could look into Dutch Maid Logistics here in Ohio, but I've no clue what 'hometime' might be like for you.

Wish you well!

~ Anne ~

Dutch Maid Logistics has a farm in Florida, so it might not be terrible getting home, depending on where in Florida OP lives. The best areas to live for this company in getting home regularly are Ohio, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Florida, and Chicago.

Posted:  1 day, 5 hours ago

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Paper Transport Inc: Hair Follicle Test (a few questions)

"What I am wondering is why you would try to hire on with a company and do the hair follicle test knowing that you will fail the test? Did you think that you would get by not having to give hair for hair follicle by shaving your head?"

I thought the same thing. Why go to school and then try to get a job knowing you are either going to fail a drug screen, or you think you will be the exception and somehow buck the system? For years, I have read posts from people who used drugs recently before paying for school or applying to a company with paid training, who are then surprised when they are declined employment. It is like. "What! I just did a little weed! Why shouldn't I be able to get a job driving a semi-tractor trailer!" Trying to buck the system is futile.

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I am in a CDL score for which I paid myself. Paper Transport looks like a great company. They scheduled me for a urinalysis and hair follicle test.

I know I'll pass the urinalysis, no problem. As for hair follicle: my hair is too short on my head, so they took leg hair. That will likely show marijuana, as it would definitely have been in my system up until the beginning of September (probably the 3rd of September).

My questions:

* Does anyone have experience with PTI to tell me: will that be an automatic "no"?

* Do the results of hair follicle tests go on your record these days? In other words, will I now be screwed forever?

Thanks in advance.

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Hair follicle test is not a DOT recognized drug test, so it will not be reported as a failed drug test. You will be sent home. It will show up on your DAC that you went to orientation with a company and were sent home. You will have difficulty being hired by another company. You will be expected to explain why you got sent home. Just about every company you apply with will turn you down.

What I am wondering is why you would try to hire on with a company and do the hair follicle test knowing that you will fail the test? Did you think that you would get by not having to give hair for hair follicle by shaving your head?

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People just seem to not respect how seriously the industry takes the use of drugs. I guess it's better to weed them out before getting in a truck, pun absolutely intended.

Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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Orientation at New Legends next Monday

Well, day 1 in'da books, 1 to go. Took me 1 hour n 50 minutes, 7:50 am just in time!! to get there (32 miles) traffic was nightmare, even on back roads(hwy 138) to the I-15 at scales, on ramp. Done early 2:30 pm not 5 pm. Have a short drive test, and then a 45 deg park test, in the yard. See a few brand new trucks,just waiting for a butt in the seat

Get my assigned truck, meet my DM, get my 1st load papers, head home, toss stuff in truck and go from there.....Speedy process for sure.

Sounds like you transitioning well. Happy for you, Stevo.

Posted:  1 day, 16 hours ago

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Dutch Maid Logistics -- Orientation/Training

Good luck man. I hope Dutch Maid will be a good fit for you. Keep us posted.

It definitely feels like a good fit so far.

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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Knight transportation, Flatbed

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Campbell's. Ohio? Napoleon? We (Tom) delivers there almost daily, BUT FOR weekends, dangit!!

Following for sure,

~ Anne ~

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Thanks for the support!

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Sounds like you might have driven nearby where I am in Willard, OH (for Dutch Maid Logistics orientation).

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2 sides,

MAN you are having a hella time!!!!

I'm pullin' for ya, no pun intended, good sir.

Campbell's. Ohio? Napoleon? We (Tom) delivers there almost daily, BUT FOR weekends, dangit!!

Following for sure,

~ Anne ~

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Hey Anne. Yea when we git to Ohio you popped into my head. I was like Mama Anne and Tom are over this way. We came in through 80 west drove south of Cleveland. Not sure how far I was from you but definitely was in your neck of the woods lol.

Thanks for the support!

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Sounds like you might have driven nearby where I am in Willard, OH (for Dutch Maid Logistics orientation).

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Yeppers, he probably DID !!! Kerry, we're gonna have to hook up. 3 way meet & greet? I'm at my DOCTOR's office about my shoulder right now .. so I'm too far south... sadly.

TWO SIDES, YOU, TOO!!!! Tom literally goes to Campbell's every other day!

Be safe, y'all !!!!!!

~ Anne ~

Deal!

Posted:  1 day, 23 hours ago

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Company said I failed a hair test but I didn’t

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So I have a small dilemma… i’ve been with PAM for sometime now doing OTR but I originally signed with PAM to be home daily so I end up staying with PAM and do an OTR into a home daily position came available that home daily position never came available so warner constantly would call me periodically trying to get me to work for them I declined the first offer but they were still insist on calling me and giving me a better offer so I finally said fine I’ll go to Warner before I made that decision to go with them I already knew they did hair follicle test so before I went to warner to do a hair follicle with them. I ordered my own personal test and the results came back negative so I went to the orientation with one or the next day after orientation I did the hair follicle test with them and the urine sample a week later they pulled me in the office made a big scene and I’m thinking what’s going on they say your hair follicle test came back positive For marijuana when I told him that’s a little strange because I took a personal test and it came back negative if we were able to retake the test then because something could of happen for it to result in that way. They said no we would like to let you go so I thought that was odd too so I took another personal test paid 150 for it and the results came back again Negative so I called warner back gave them both test results from doctor and they said will there’s still nothing we can do so it’s not Gonna be on ur DAC report as Failing drug test nor clearing house but it will be on your DAC as termination … Termination how is it going to be on my DAC report as termination when I was never hired? So I decided to go back to PAM they welcome me back with welcoming arms until they pulled my DAC report…. PAM called me and said it says you’ve been terminated from Werner why was you terminated I gave them the honest truth and I also presented them both hair follicle test showing that I was negative but for some reason they’re saying that I was positive…. The recruiter with PAM then said OK I’m gonna relay this information to safety we’re going to have to hold on real quick on the rehire the next day comes and the recruiter calls me back and says we’re going to unfortunately have to decline on the rehire….(even tho I PAM DONT EVEN DO HAIR TEST AND IF THEY DID I WOULD PASS IT TOO) So I am now starting to feel like I was discriminated against with Warner and I feel like they purposely falsified my hair follicle test…. Another lady from PAM calls me and says I know if you people from Warner I will give them a call to see if they could take it off the recruiter from PAM also told me to contact DAC And dispute it so I try to dispute it DAC contacts Mia week later and says we can’t take it off because one or said that it was true which makes no sense the other lady from PAM called me back and said she contacted warner about what’s going on and they’re saying they will not take it off and if you want us to take it off then you will have go about it in legal matter … So now I feel like Warner had purposely screwed me in my career over and I don’t know what to do now… Now on the DAC report it says terminated only is there a explaination I can give jobs as to why I was terminated if they don’t call Werner ?

Werner IS A FCKD UP COMPANY FOR THIS SERIOUSLY I ALSO contacted headquarters and spoke to the head of safety and when I told him what happened and gave him evidence in the document saying that I’m actually negative he got a attitude with me

Trucker to trucker HELP A BROTHER ON THIS SITUATION PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE it only shows on DAC but not on clearinghouse because it’s hair follicle but I never failed a hair test in my life unless it was tampered (WERNER)

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If you are with PAM in Willard, Ohio . . . walk up 224 (or drive) and see if Dutch Maid might like you.

Serious.

~ Anne ~

PAM Transport has terminals all over the US. I suspect that after not receiving the help he sought that Jim may not be back, but I could be wrong. Since I could be wrong...

Jim, just as others have pointed out, it makes no sense that you would perform a hair follicle test on yourself unless you thought that it could come back positive. Just as others have pointed out, you miscalculated because you didn't ask Werner how far back they go on hair follicle testing. Even if your home test was the same sensitivity as to the amount of THC needed to register a positive reading, I can almost guarantee that your home test didn't go as far back as Werner's test.

TransAm and Dutch Maid Logistics are two companies that may consider you. If TransAm is not willing to give you an opportunity (they will take just about anyone that federal regulation allows to drive a CMV across state lines), then I think your career is dead in the water for a couple of years, at least.

Moral of the story: Don't smoke pot and expect to have a career in trucking.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Starting over

I've been out of trucking since 2005,my license has recently been renewed, but I'm having a problem of where to begin to get my experience regained, I would like to drive for a LTL carrier or Reefer carrier, what's the pay like today, can I get enough money to pay a mortgage or a car note in this industry today?

To add to what has already been stated, starting February 1st, FMCSA is going to require new CDL holders to complete a certified training program before being able to obtain a license. You may want to familiarize yourself with the new regulation on that, in case you had it in mind to obtain your license again without going through a school.

There are plenty of options for someone to obtain a license and even be paid during that time of training.

I just started orientation with a company -- Dutch Maid Logistics -- and learned today that some time around the beginning of the year, they will be starting their own school. I don't know any of the particulars of whether it will be paid training, how many hours it will be, etc. This is a refrigerated company that runs the east coast, mostly, but they do hire out of other areas, myself living in Texas. Most of the loads are 300-500 mile loads to be delivered in a day. They have the freight to keep drivers running, or that is what has been told so far. I have no reason to doubt that at all. They describe themselves as a training company, but also identify themselves as a company where drivers can stay to retire.

Good luck on your search.

Posted:  2 days, 1 hour ago

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Dutch Maid Logistics -- Orientation/Training

I started the application process with Dutch Maid Logistics while outside the US and continued it upon re-entry into the US. The entire process was very smooth and easy. It probably would have been even easier if not for Thanksgiving coming up soon after returning.

On 11/28/2021, I head to the airport to catch my morning flight. They normally arrange Greyhound or Amtrak, but that the timing of the bus ride for me coming from Texas was problematic, so my recruiter arranged a flight. Flew from DFW to Detroit then Detroit to Columbus, OH. Flight from Detroit was delayed almost 2 hours due to the plane being delayed at its origin before landing in Detroit. But, thankfully it was just a delay and not a cancellation. Arrived at Columbus and I was trying to arrange a Lyft ride from Columbus, OH to Willard, OH, but couldn't get a driver to accept my ride request. Tried Uber and gave up because Uber wouldn't let me update my contact information. I ended up catching a taxi. Recruiter told me that I would be reimbursed for the ride when she told me that I would have to arrange a ride to the hotel from the airport. I paid cash for the taxi ride ($170 for 1:35 ride, which was reduced from the $191 that the meter read) and forgot to get a receipt from the driver. Let this be a lesson learned to make sure to get and keep all receipts. I don't know if I will still be able to be reimbursed, but I am expecting not.

I got into the hotel at around 18:00. The place is an older hotel, but it is nice enough and sufficient. A continental breakfast is provided by the hotel. (For those who are wondering, continental breakfast consists of food that requires little to no preparation. There is a small kitchen from which room service can be ordered. I have no idea what this food is like. The prices are equivalent to fast food restaurants.

Dutch Maid Logistics does urinalysis and hair follicle drug screen, for those who are wanting to know. The first day was a repeat of things learned in CDL school, which I really appreciate because it has been 18 months since obtaining my license. Both drug screens conducted today. There are 8 of us in orientation, 5 of us being new drivers, 2 are new mechanics, and 1 a new 3rd shift dispatcher. Our orientation conductor said that this is a much larger than normal group, which is partly because the company is adding 20 new trucks to the fleet.

Training is 200 hours minimum for drivers with no experience. Training can be extended either by request of the trainee or by recommendation of the trainer. It was emphasized several times that this is a training company, but they also pride themselves on the fact that this is a company that many drivers choose to stay with them for years. Typical turnover is due to home situation requiring drivers to be home more often. Current turnover is about 50%, equating to about 1 driver per week lost. Orientation is 3 days long.

I hope that I haven't forgotten anything. I probably have, so ask any questions, if you want to know something that I forgot to mention.

~Kerry

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