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    Fountain Hills, AZ

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Posted:  2 years, 9 months ago

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Experience, Apathy, and Safety

Good post 6 string

Posted:  2 years, 10 months ago

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Had to leave school for 6 weeks and have a question?

Gonna say yes you will probably have to re take physical and or drug test unless you have an actual DOT card

Posted:  3 years ago

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Why paying truckers by the mile is unfair and dangerous

It's both good and bad... going to be like working in the factory alot of o well I get paid by the hour type of thinking... safety is number one goal though...

I think all CDL A or B drivers should get a base pay of 60K nothing less with all the responsibility and legal issues we have to comply with end of story.

Posted:  3 years ago

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DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis or Hair Follicle?

I just failed a hair test but passed the urine test,this was for pre-employment for an oil field company. I'm currently looking at Dart Transit as a lease operator but can't find any info on their pre-employment drug screen. Please let me know any updates. f.y.i I was lucky to get a nice person that informed me of my failure, they took a hair from my body and was informed that body hair will show 1 year hair 90 days. I failed at .5 pecoograms (0.0005 nanograms) cut off is .1 pecoogram.

hair follicle can and only detect up to 90 days and FYI they are not as reliable as urine if you have a clean system for 90 days no worries 100% fact there is a great website on this answers.yahoo.com hair follicle vs urine

Posted:  3 years ago

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On 3 lane itersate lane #3 can used when?

This is one of the local and city laws that supercede federal laws. As you stated what the officer said it's OK to use the 3rd land for passing only but has to be a mile or less of use. Seems about right.

Generally anytime you have a 3rd Lane it's for passing and you have to get back over as soon as you can. Most places have signs saying Keep Right unless passing. And as the officer said due to traffic you had not expectation of being able to return cause of the amount of traffic. Basically he is saying you should not have been on in the 3rd Lane since you could not get back over.

You will need to find out the local laws for that area. Of course you did not know that pictucular law at the time but the judge will tell you that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Basically I don't know if you have a defensible case. A lawyer will have to make that call. Please don't try and represent yourself.

Since a wrong Lane ticket should not be a moving violation (not for sure) might be easier to pay the ticket and chalk it up as a lesson learned.

But of course if you know the local traffic laws in that area and all the addendums and changes to the laws throughout the years then go for it.

But seriously to answer your question unless the first(outside) Lane is closed for some reason almost at anytime it's a mistake to even think about the third Lane for any reason. With very few exceptions you will get a ticket for something for being anywhere except for the first 2 lanes except when a sign says it's OK for trucks and then it's only ok for short periods of time.

Going through similar situation Jax but a photo radar ticket speeding AZ and using a company Hazmat truck no longer with company but they basically snitched on me I am enrolled with open road they got me a excellent traffic lawyer court date has come and gone lawyer told me I was not properly served so its a wait game I live in a gated community so the server is gonna have some difficulty they the robot cops say I was doing 14 miles over the speed limit which is false more like 5 over lawyer told me not to worry at all and when and if you are served he has several ways to beat it 90% success rate one way is those cameras have to be calibrated every 24 hours and I agree with Jax get a lawyer at most will cost $300 or less to dismiss GL and sorry for not punctuating

Posted:  3 years ago

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Bad Mentor

I would of knocked the guy out, He is not a mentor, He is a waste of your time. Sorry I am ****ed for you soon as you get to terminal or someone you can talk to about this prick do so ask for another trainer show them this thread.

Posted:  3 years ago

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Looking for Thumbs up

Unless you got a million to 2 million in the bank stay away from leasing or owning know a bunch of guys a half million in debt dont do it

Posted:  3 years ago

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Thanks for your service Truckers

I want to personally Thank all of you Truckers out there that sacrifice so much on a daily basis. You make our Country go round. Kudos to all and have a great and Safe Day. Thank you also Brett for such a great forum you put together for Truckers to communicate and learn Great Job keep it up.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Fully Endorsed, but inexperienced. Best place to start job search?

Transport Craigslist you should be able to find something maybe not $20 to start but $16 then move up after you prove yourself. Good Luck I am doing the same as I type, Mom was sick last 5 months, Now all is good and ready to join the workforce again. OTR is not for me, But just may have to for experience.

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Need Advice

A friend of mine just started his training program with Werner. He has been with a trainer for about two weeks now. About 5 days into his training his trainer, who is an owner operator, started getting frustrated with him because the trainer felt as if he was not picking up on things as quickly as he should have. The main issue is shifting (he learned on a 10 speed and this truck is a 13 speed I believe. The trainer keeps changing how he should be shifting constantly which is confusing him. The trainer stated that he was probably going to have to drop him in a couple days when they got to the next terminal. My friend was dropped off at the terminal and called his manager to see if there might be a possibility of a new trainer and the manager said no. Apparently the trainer changed his mind because after 3 days of rest the trainer came to pick him up at the hotel and they were on the road again. The trainer said that he was doing better this morning but this afternoon is again threatening to drop him. Is there any advice on how my friend might be able to handle this situation appropriately? Also what is the chance he could be let go of he is dropped by the trainer? My friend understands that the trainer is an owner operator and that damages to the truck can come out of the trainer's pocket and he does not want to make mistakes but the constant bad feedback is messing with him. His confidence is completely shot at this point.

First of all which company is he with and yes he can request a different mentor and ask that he be trained on a 10 speed

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Ooops now what

Boo they can and will report it to the AZDOT and 3 points assessed what a bunch of crock CDL holders only

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Ooops now what

Your license *

Watching Sliders.. Sorry. Kind of distracted. I wish there was a 5min grace period on editing posts! I don't like double posting or previewing a post.

Personal problems. Lol. :)

Wow thats awesome Daniel you put my mind at ease I was doing some research and you are correct no points on my record I dont think I will chance the suspension of not paying fine though or is that a scare tactic 2 I have a CDL A and I cant believe the company I worked for threw me under the bus and gave them my DL # and mailing address a damn snitch ticket

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Ooops now what

It came in the mail to your house? Wouldn't it go to the terminal since they just go off the plate?

This was a Company Truck small company using my Hazmat, No terminal local work I haven,t been there as I parted ways and they gave the Police my DL # there is no way of beating it dont pay they suspend your license most companies that I have worked for like I said dont respond to photo radar tickets for their employees this company though apparently likes to stick it to former employees there was no way in doing what they expected route wise in an 8 hour day unless you raced and surprise I got this ticket I was averaging 10-12 stops a day and some stops were 45 min window times so it just was not working out will not do route work again unless i can wear a mask or a bag over my head

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Some advice and maybe need some

Try and apply locally I myself am beating myself up for a moving violation thinking I am damaged goods. I feel for ya I hope you can find something, But to be honest I dont think any of the big companies will hire you right now with your record. Keep your head held high and apply apply apply. I know it is very hard to have a positive attitude right now Good Luck John

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Ooops now what

Was it in your car or a truck?

Company Truck

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Ooops now what

10-4 it is my 1st ticket since having A CDL 1 YR 5 months no priors

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Ooops now what

Just got a photo radar ticket in the mail from 03/26/15 59mph in a 45mph 14 mph over so its not criminal but wow $234 ticket. Thing is I dont even work for the company I was hauling cylinder gases for anymore. It is not on my MVR yet but Im sure when I pay it will be there. I got until 06/05/15 to pay, so question is while I am applying , Do I let future employers know , as I dont even want to put down this company I worked for as it just did not work out , To many things to list , But it was a mutual agreement. I also believe the company could have said he no longer works here and we cant recognize who that is in the picture lol but that was part of the reason it wasnt working out as they wanted me to do between 20-25 stops a day with some stops being 45 min window time not possible in an 8 hour day they wanted you to complete the route

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Cpm for a rookie solo driver

TB is correct you can easily get on with local construction companies from 15 to 20 an hour you do not need 2yrs of OTR and yes it sure beats living in a truck and eating like **** plus you can sleep in your own bed OTR is not for everyone and you can easily double your OTR paycheck in a week with OT in construction or if you have a Hazmat you can deliver gas locally 25 an hour in AZ do not blame ya for wanting to try something else go for it

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Age restrictions for new drivers?

I am 56 yrs old and considering cdl school. any advice on if this will be an issue?

absolutely not

Posted:  3 years, 1 month ago

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Drug testing before trucking school

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I'm confused I was under the impression that urine is 30 day back test and hair folicle go's back 90 days . Can anyone clarify these with any certainty . Or just about or maybe this many days .

If it go's back 6 months 180 days Then this may be helpful to know but it all seems very speculative on a thing that could affect your entire truck ing career .

Please attempt to clarify

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Drug testing is a science, and relies on chemistry & biology.

There is no magic number. There are a lot of factors (including statistical probability). Your fat content, metabolism, genetics (luck!), diet, quantity & "quality" of drug, the testing facilities tools & technicians (technology.. Luck again). This is not an all inclusive list. Just a reality check.

I've personally known persons who have 20% body fat, mild activity/metabolism, smoke weed daily (including up to the previous 24hrs of test), and show a false negative on a UA drug test.

And for the record: A hair folicile test has a chance of going back ~90 days. A small chance. In that small chance: The idea that the exact hair they test has it, is even smaller.

Nobody seems to have the ability to do research, mathematics, or any kind of thinking these days. Hair folicle tests are not magic. It may potentially be more accurate (after collecting millions of hair folicle samples) than a UA; But there is never a guarantee it'll be 100% accurate.

I concur if your a heavy smoker your screwed but hair folicile are not that accurate DOT just does UA light smokers out of your system in 3-5 days personally dont even chance it with a cdl or trying to get one good luck

Ergo: FALSE positive/negative.

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